“Let our souls turn into a mirror longing to reflect the essence of beauty”- Rumi
“Having a selfless attitude will uplift us. By helping others we are, in fact, helping ourselves. On the other hand, every time we do a selfish action, we are harming ourselves. Learn to bless everyone. Don’t ever curse anyone, because a human being is not just a bundle of flesh and blood. There is consciousness at work within everyone. That consciousness is not a separate, isolated entity; it is part of the whole, a Supreme Unity. Whatever we do is reflected in the Whole, in the one Universal Mind – and it returns to you with the same intensity. Whenever you do a good or bad action, it is reflected in the Universal Consciousness. Therefore, learn to be selfless and learn how to send blessings to everyone. Pray for everyone, because we need the support and blessings of all of Creation for our upliftment. When we pray for others the entire universe prays for us; and when we bless others the whole universe blesses us, because man is one with the cosmic energy.”—Amma, Awaken Children, Vol. VIII
Seeing all these special hand-painted stones reminded me of a wonderful book I read called “Simple Ways” by Gunilla Norris. I imagine whoever painted these held the stones for awhile, appreciating the shapes, listening to them, spending time with them, walking with them, feeling them, and adding their own special energy to the stones on this big rock I saw at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. They seemed like jewels, as do the delicate blue flowers on the field of green. The stones became more real, more alive, because of who spent time with them and appreciated them, kind of like the Velveteen Rabbit becoming real through the love of a child.
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Seeing this plant age so gracefully inspired me with its elegant lines, uprightness, and gesture indicating it had sung many happy songs in the sun. This will surely affect the next generation, gifts to its children, as its ancestors influenced this one. I have observed this kind of plant in the spring during which it has a structure that looks star-like from which flowers sprout. All its blossoms spring from stars.
feel, and do
has an effect
on our ancestors
and all future generations
—Thich Nhat Hanh
“Your body is not yours alone.
It belongs to your ancestors,
and to society
and all other living beings.
All of them have come together
to bring about the presence
of this body.
Keeping your body healthy
is an expression of gratitude
to the whole cosmos.
If you are healthy
physically and mentally,
all of us will benefit.”
—Thich Nhat Hanh, “Moments of Mindfulness”
“All our ancestors and all future generations are present in us all the time. Happiness is not an individual matter. As long as the ancestors in us are still suffering, we can’t be happy and we will transmit that suffering to our children and their children. When we walk, we can walk for our ancestors and future generations. Maybe they had to walk with sorrow; perhaps they were forced to march or migrate. When we walk freely, we are walking for them. If we can take one step freely and happily, touching the Earth mindfully, then we can take one hundred steps like that. We do it for ourselves and for all previous and future generations. We all arrive at the same time and find peace and happiness together.”—Thich Nhat Hanh
Something about the wildness of this flower really appealed to me. So free. Each hair did not have to be in place. Happy. Beautiful. Radiant. Free to be itself. Having faith.
John O’Donohue says it so eloquently in a “Blessing for a New Beginning”:
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High up in the mountains
The sound of the river calming me
A place for me to relax and breathe
I can almost hear the river right now
And feel the cool gentle breeze
And the soft melody of the wind playing upon the grasses
One thing I like about photography and going out into Nature
Is my mind stops chattering so much
It gives my mind a vacation
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“We often forget that the planet we are living on has given us all the elements that make up our bodies. The water in our flesh, our bones, and all the microscopic cells inside our bodies all come from the Earth and are part of the Earth. The Earth is not just the environment we live in. We are the Earth and we are always carrying her within us.
Realizing this, we can see that the Earth is truly alive. We are a living, breathing manifestation of this beautiful and generous planet. Knowing this, we can begin to transform our relationship to the Earth. We can begin to walk differently and to care for her differently. We will fall completely in love with the Earth. When we are in love with someone or something, there is no separation between ourselves and the person or thing we love. We do whatever we can for them and this brings us great joy and nourishment. That is the relationship each of us can have with the Earth. That is the relationship each of us must have with the Earth if the Earth is to survive, and if we are to survive as well.”
—Thich Nhat Hanh (Love Letter to the Earth)
“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent”—Victor Hugo
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”—Maya Angelou
“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”—Lao Tzu
“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.”—Pablo Casals
“If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music.”—Thomas Carlyle
“Music is well said to be the speech of angels.”—Thomas Carlyle
“Neither in environment nor in heredity can I find the exact instrument that fashioned me, the anonymous roller that pressed upon my life, a certain intricate watermark whose unique design becomes visible when the lamp of art is made to shine through life’s foolscap.”
“The human tendency to regard little things as important has produced very many great things.”—Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” –Rumi
“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”—Leonard Cohen