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Bloom even though no one is watching

I think this is a passion flower, blooming so beautifully in a low dark corner, even though it was so hard to see. It calls to mind this quote:

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

–William W. Purkey




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Be True to Yourself

 

be true to yourself

“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower. You didn’t have to struggle to make your face different than anyone else’s on earth. It just is. You are unique because you were created that way. Look at little children in kindergarten. They’re all different without trying to be. As long as they’re unselfconsciously being themselves, they can’t help but shine. It’s only later, when children are taught to compete, to strive to be better than others, that their natural light becomes distorted.”

― Marianne Williamson




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A Fish Cannot Drown In Water

 

“A fish cannot drown in water,
A bird does not fall in air.
In the fire of its making,
Gold doesn’t varnish:
The fire brightens.
Each creature God made
Must live in its own true nature;
How could I resist my nature,
That lives for oneness with God?”

—Mechtild of Magdeburg
from “Women in Praise of the Sacred”, edited by Jane Hirshfield, p. 87

 
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Be Yourself

 

This is a collaborative collage I did with my friends Joya, Lorraine, Denise, Christine, Kirpal and Margaret for Amma’s Circle of Love Letters. I believe Joya began this collage and we all added to it, or decided not to add something.

It reminds me of a song by Cindy Lauper. These are part of the lyrics:

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