What Does Light Talk About

illuminated succulent

“When you recognize her beauty,
the eye applauds,
the heart stands in an ovation,

and the tongue when she is near
is on its best behavior,

it speaks more like light.

What does light talk about?
I asked a plant that once,

It said, “I am not sure,
but it makes me
grow.”

–Thomas Aquinas, “Love Poems from God”, translated by Daniel Ladinsky

 




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In the Spaces

 

“What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism”

—Albert Einstein

 

revealed in the spaces
between the leaves
a crystalline structure of air

reminding me to carve space into each day of the week…

 




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Unsoiled by the Mud

“The one who wanders independent in the world, free from opinions and viewpoints, does not grasp them and enter into disputations and arguments. As the lotus rises on its stalk unsoiled by the mud and the water, so the wise one speaks of peace and is unstained by the opinions of the world.”

-Buddha

 

“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.”

—Masaru Emoto, “Secret Life of Water”

 

“Bloom where you are planted.”

–Saint Francis de Sales

 




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There’s a Child Within

“Children will help you smile from your heart and to have that look of wonderment in your eyes. There is a child within everyone. The innocence and the playfulness of a child exists in all human beings. Somewhere in each one of us, a child’s joy, innocence, and faith lie dormant. We delight in searching for the child within. When we were children, we had no worries or problems; recalling these days with love, we want to return to them. This desire is felt by all living beings. The wonder and the love that ;you felt as a child will never return unless you can again play like a child. Innocence is within you, hidden deep inside. You have to rediscover it.”

—Amma, Awaken Children, Vol. 6

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Hidden Gifts

 

“…Mediocrity is self-inflicted and genius is self-bestowed. The genius does not differ from others in their access to the light within, only in their confident acceptance of its natural outstreaming. There is a hidden genius in each person, which each of us gives expression to through commitment, discipline, and the enthusiasm that works with passion. Einstein once said that genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.”

—Eric Butterworth, “The Creative Life”

 

 

 




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