name:Henry, 19, I play Gypsy Jazz, Bluegrass, Jazz, Folk, and as much of everything else that I can. avid banjoist and guitarist.


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Geto Boys - Mind Playing Tricks On Me

I sit alone in my four-cornered room starin’ at candles …

Saw buddy guy tonight. The show was legendary.

It may seem that living for rapture is a selfish act reserved for the elite, or that it’s a fancy phrase for hedonism. But it isn’t. Rapture is not a selfish emotion. It is pure gratitude, flowing freely through the body, heart, and soul. Gratitude for what? For breath, for colors, for music, for friendship, humor, weather, sleep, love, awareness. It is a willing engagement with the whole messy miracle of life. The world suffers more from unhappy, stifled people trying to do good than it does from those who are simply content within themselves. In the end, it is the people at home in their own human skins- people who love the wounded world and its broken family- who can move mountains when called out of themselves and into a work in the world. Every great hero- past and present- took a difficult journey of self-awareness before finding his or her rapture. The great loneliness- like the loneliness a caterpillar endures when she wraps herself in a silky shroud and begins the long transformation from chrysalis to butterfly. It seems that we too must go through such a time, when life as we have known it is over- when being a caterpillar feels somehow false and yet we don’t know who we are supposed to become. All we know is that something bigger is calling us to change. What is keeping you from this change? What stands between you and a full-bodied life can only be found in the shadows. What wants to live in you may be waiting- as it was for me- at the end of a long loneliness.

Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open (via symphonyofthecosmos)

Do not try to plunge immediately into the ocean of learning, but go by way of little streams; for difficult things are more easily mastered once you have overcome the easier ones.

St. Thomas Aquinas (via traditionwithoutcompromise)