"Take up one idea."
"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it live on that idea. Let the brain muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea alone. This is the way to success and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced." - Swami Vivekananda I have spent a lot of time driving back and forth from San Francisco to West Marin in the last six years. On one of these early drives, I discovered a retreat center which is part of the Vedanta Society. I have since spent many silent nights and days on their 2,000 acres of land in Pt. Reyes. It has been a sweet place to learn about my connection to a spiritual practice and how to be at peace with myself. In this year's celebration of Swami Vivekananda's birthday who founded the Vedanta Society and really, brought yoga and eastern philosophy to the west, I was reminded of his belief.
Early this Spring, I placed this quote in my 2012 project Journal entitled, Blind Faith. This statement has helped drive all of my recent work which I will begin to share and talk about. In the meantime, here is a pic of my favorite sacred Oak Tree on the Vedanta property.