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See this image largeris "Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen." --Robert BressonSee this image larger:I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. See this image largerWe don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, (cont'd.)See this image larger(cont'd.) is in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory. --Howard Zinn (Photo by Linda Hannum)See this image larger: The whole existence is celebrating.These trees are not serious,these birds are not serious.The rivers & the oceans are wild,and everywhere there is fun,eerywhere there is joy & delight. --Osho(1 comments)See this image largeris "Live for yourself and you will live in vain; Live for others, and you will live again." --Bob MarleySee this image largerBe kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle. -- Rev. John Watson, aka Ian MacLaren(1 comments)See this image larger: The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too. --W.H. Murray, "The Scottish Himalayan Expedition"See this image largeragrees with Groucho Marx, "Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today." See this image larger: 'Enough' is a feast. --Buddhist proverbSee this image largeris "Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become." --John O'Donohue(1 comments)See this image larger agrees....(1 comments)See this image largeris --See this image larger"Each moment of our lives, each moment that is given to us to live, we have to live very deeply." --Thich Nhat Hanh (Photo: Beatrice Lechtanski)See this image largeris... See this image largersends The Prayer to friends, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKtUdqzQOZ
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See this image larger:All people live in their own dream, in their own mind. They are in a completely different world from the one we live in. --Don Miguel Ruiz(1 comments)See this image larger:To have great faith is to have great power because your intent, your will, is undivided. When your word isn't dissipated by doubt, the power of your word becomes stronger. --Don Miguel RuizSee this image largeris " Keep your attention on today, and stay in the present moment." --Don Miguel RuizSee this image larger Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. If all humans would communicate with impeccability of the word, all of our relationships would change. See this image larger(Cont'd.) There would be no wars, no violence, no misunderstandings. --Don Miguel RuizSee this image largerCultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you and give thanks continuously. --Ralph Waldo Emerson See this image largeris "No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." --Hal BorlandSee this image larger: Gratitude is transformative. It softens us and softens the world around us. --- Panache DesaiSee this image larger: There is no greater sign of Divine Presence than being fully engaged in the activities of life while demonstrating loving-kindness, tranquility and ease of being. --Hazrat Inayat Khan(2 comments)See this image largeris--(1 comments)See this image larger"Life is an unanswered question, but let’s still believe in the dignity and importance of that question." --Tennessee Williams (Photo by ZdeneÌŒk TobiásÌŒ)See this image larger: May your heart be an altar, from which the bright flame of unending thanksgiving ascends to heaven. --St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier (Photo by Hans Braxmeier)(1 comments)See this image larger: As we learn to have compassion for ourselves, the circle of compassion for others -- what and whom we can work with, and how -- becomes wider. --Pema Chodron (Photo by Simon Steinberger)(1 comments)See this image largeris " We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." --Winston Churchill(1 comments)See this image largerDeath can come at any minute, in any way. We do not know what is in store tomorrow, or, whether there is a tomorrow, or even a tonight! But still, we have the golden present. (Cont'd.)See this image larger(Cont'd.) Now we are alive and kicking. What should we do now? Love all, serve all. --Sri Swami Satchidananda (Photo by Abdulmomn Kadhim) See this image larger(Photo by Stefan Schweihofer)(1 comments)See this image largeris "If you can just appreciate each thing, one by one, then you will have pure gratitude. Even though you observe just one flower, that one flower includes everything." --Shunryu Suzuki RoshiSee this image largeris...can I be reminded too many times?(1 comments)See this image largeris --See this image largeris --(2 comments)See this image larger:What is a soul? It's like electricity -- we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room. --Ray Charles (RIP SoulCollage creator Seena Frost)See this image larger: No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit. --Helen KellerSee this image largeris.... See this image largerThe most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths. --Elisabeth Kubler-Ross See this image largeris "Without a struggle, there can be no progress." --Frederick DouglasSee this image larger: In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught. --Baba Dioum, Senegalese Conservationist (Photo by Michael Siebert)See this image largeris... (1 comments)See this image larger: Happiness is not what makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy. --Thanks to Brother David Steindl-RastSee this image largeris "Skinny is not the same as fit. Fitness comes in all shapes and sizes." --SparkPeople Coach NicoleSee this image larger:Beloved teacher Stephen Levine, 7-17-37 - 1-17-16; I got this great book early on in my spiritual journey. I will always remember Stephen's oft repeated phrase, "...the healing we took birth for."(2 comments)See this image larger...(1 comments)See this image larger:Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. (Cont'd.)See this image larger(Cont'd.) You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. --Ralph Waldo Emerson (Photo by Frank Winkler)See this image largeris.... See this image larger: You are much more than your emotion. An emotion comes, stays for a while, and goes away, just like a storm. If you’re aware of that, you won’t be afraid of your emotions.--Thich Nhat HanhSee this image larger:If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world (cont'd.)See this image larger(cont'd.) be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life. Rachel Carson, perhaps the finest nature writer of the Twentieth Century. (Photo by Dirk Schumacher)(1 comments)See this image largeris.... (1 comments)See this image largeris "Honor your own complexity." --Mark GerzonSee this image largeris "Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come." --Rabindranath Tagore(3 comments)See this image largeris "There are many things for which you cannot be grateful, but in every moment you can be grateful." --Brother David Steindl-RastSee this image larger: And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings. --Meister Eckhart (Photo by Linda Hannum) Have a magic February!(1 comments)See this image largeris "Don't be concerned about being disloyal to your pain by being joyous." --Pir Vilayat Inayat KhanSee this image largeris See this image larger: Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. --Carl Gustav Jung (Photo by Diego Monserrat)(1 comments)See this image larger: Let us accept the invitation, ever-open, from the Stillness, taste its exquisite sweetness, and heed its silent instruction. --Paul Brunton (Photo by Lisa Runnels)(1 comments)See this image largeris... (1 comments)See this image largerWith Beginner's Mind, I can more easily live consciously, mindfully, in the present.See this image largerSee this image larger: Retire to the center of your being, which is calmness. --Paramahansa Yogananda (Photo by Frank Winkler)(1 comments)See this image largeris "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well." --Julian of Norwich(1 comments)See this image largeris: See this image largeris: See this image larger: Whoever gives thanks for all circumstances receives new eyes and discovers things never seen before. --Otto Betz (Photo by Steve Buissinne)See this image largeris "Our walls of division do not rise all the way to heaven." --Metropolitan Philaret of MoscowSee this image largeris --See this image largeris --See this image largeris oh yes -- "Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it." --Mark Twain (Photo by Maria Luisa Benedicto Gil)See this image larger: Reality is permeated, indeed flooded, with divine creativity, nourishment, and care. --Marcus J. Borg (Photo by Paul McGowan)See this image largeris --See this image larger: The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. --Eleanor RooseveltSee this image larger -- my goal:See this image largeris yeah! What's that about? lolSee this image larger: If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work. --Thich Nhat Hanh(1 comments)See this image larger--See this image largeris See this image larger: t is true that we are called to create a better world. But we are first of all called to a more immediate and exalted task: that of creating our own lives. --Thomas Merton(2 comments)See this image larger: If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. --Mother TeresaSee this image larger:The earth is a living thing. Mountains speak, trees sing, lakes can think, pebbles have a soul, rocks have power. --Henry Crow Dog (Photo by Frank Winkler)(1 comments)See this image largeris --See this image larger: We gain so much hope when we know we are not experiencing something alone. --Joyce RuppSee this image larger: The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little. --Jon Kabat-Zinn (Photo by Sylvan Adams)See this image larger: The little things? The little moments? They aren't little. --Jon Kabat-Zinn (Photo by Sylvan Adams)See this image largerJAH!See this image larger: Of any stopping place in life, it is good to ask whether it will be a good place from which to go on as well as a good place to remain. --Mary Catherine BatesonSee this image largeris...See this image largeris...respect, nobility, friendship, and love -- See this image largerdeeply agrees and tries to practice --(1 comments)See this image larger -- See this image largerHappy St. Patrick's Day to all!See this image larger: Change the story and you change perception; change perception and you change the world. --Jean HoustonSee this image larger: If my mind gets trapped inside/Just roll me to my sky-wide view/Where I will feast on cumulous and light/And tell you that art with just my eyes. Jane Krainin (Photo by Adina Voicu)(1 comments)See this image larger: When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. --Jalaluddin Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks (Photo by Barbora Franzova)See this image largeris -- See this image largerAffirmative! (1 comments)See this image largerGive thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. --Native American ProverbSee this image larger: One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. See this image largeris, yes -- "Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it." Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes(1 comments)See this image larger:I swear I will not dishonor my soul with hatred, but offer myself humbly as a guardian of nature, as a healer of misery, as a messenger of wonder, as an architect of peace. --Diane AckermanSee this image largeragrees, "Healing comes when you see the opportunity for growth that a painful situation has provided." --Br. David Steindl-Rast (Photo by Fathromi Ramdlon)(1 comments)See this image largeris yes! -- "The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling." --Henry David ThoreauSee this image largeris...want happiness? Got happiness! See this image larger: Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. --Henry Ward Beecher (Photo by Karl-Heinz Stargardt)See this image largeris "For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is to let it rain." --Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Photo by Michael Schwarzenberger)(1 comments)See this image largeris YES!(1 comments)See this image largeris "Meditation is offering your genuine presence to yourself in every moment." --Thich Nhat Hanh.See this image larger: Life does not accommodate you; it shatters you. Every seed destroys its container, or else there would be no fruition. --Florida Scott-Maxwell (Photo by Istvan Mihaly)(1 comments)See this image larger: I draw prayer round me like a dark protective wall, withdraw inside it as one might into a convent cell and then step outside again, calmer and stronger and more collected again. --Etty HillesumSee this image largeris See this image largerday 100 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 4/12/2016(1 comments)See this image larger: You are rich..when you are content and happy with what you have. (Anonymous)(2 comments)See this image largeragrees, "The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you. Don't go back to sleep." --Jalaluddin Rumi (Photo by Dan Fador) See this image largeris --See this image larger: The universe is walking with me In beauty it walks before me In beauty it walks behind me In beauty it walks below me In beauty it walks above me Beauty is on every side See this image larger: I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues. --Duke Ellington (Illustration by Romare Bearden)(1 comments)See this image larger:We are participants in a vast communion of being,and if we open ourselves to its guidance,we can learn anew how to live in this great and gracious community of truth.-Parker Palmer(Photo Danny Moore)See this image largeris-- "You yourself are your own barrier... rise from within." --Hafiz(3 comments)See this image largeris --See this image largeris "The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what to hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope." Barbara KingsolverSee this image largerasks if you agree: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Dr." --Martin Luther King, Jr. (Photo by Selena Gallagher)See this image largerasks if you agree: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Photo by Selena Gallagher)See this image larger: The mind of a true practitioner is like still water that moves, or moving water that's still; whatever takes place in the mind of a Dharma practitioner will have that quality. --Ajahn ChahSee this image largeris "People say, 'What is the sense of our small effort?' They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time." --Dorothy Day (Photo by Ryan McGuire)See this image largeris YES!(1 comments)See this image larger: Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar. (Wanderer, there is no path, the path is made by walking.) --Antonio Machado(2 comments)See this image largeris Rest in Peace Great Warrior of PeaceSee this image larger:My heart is so small, it's almost invisible. How can You place such big sorrows in it? "Look," He answered, "your eyes are even smaller, yet they behold the world." --Rumi (Photo, Amelia Fletcher)See this image largeris (1 comments)See this image largeris "Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." --Confucius (Photo by Frank Winkler)(2 comments)See this image largeris There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. --Celia Laighton Thaxter (Photo by Stefan Schweihofer)See this image larger: Only by dealing with difficulty does creativity come forth. --Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry (Photo by Ulrich Dregler)See this image larger-- and soon tomorrow:See this image larger-- and soon tomorrow, which will then be TODAY:(1 comments)See this image largeris "The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away." --Joy J. Golliver(1 comments)See this image larger, such a good idea! See this image larger:No matter where life takes you the place that you stand at any given moment is holy ground. Love hard, and love wide and love long and you will find the goodness in it. --Susan VreelandSee this image largeris... See this image larger: Courage is fear that has said its prayers. --Anne Lamott, from Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith (Photo by Gianni Crestani)See this image larger: The trick, it seems, is to be able to hold both things very close – the gratitude and the misery – and then, with a semblance of faith, to let them fly. --Elizabeth Aquino (Photo, Jeremy Ricketts)See this image larger: Oh! that gentleness! how far more potent is it than force! --Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (Photo taken from the perspective of the wildflowers by Danielle Winter)See this image largeris Gentleness is stronger than severity, water is stronger than rock, love is stronger than force. --Hermann HesseSee this image largerI love this! "Every time we feel satisfied with what we have, we can be counted as rich, however little we may actually possess." --Alain de Botton (Photo by Stefan Schweihofer)See this image largeris "You are defined by who you love, not who loves you." -- From the movie "Adaptation" (Photo by Amaya Eguizabal)See this image largeris...See this image largerHow did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all of its beauty? It felt the encouragement of Light against its being; otherwise we all remain too frightened. --Hafiz(1 comments)See this image larger: I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding. --John O'Donohue (Photo by Hans Braxmeier)(1 comments)See this image largeris, "Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice." --Thich Nhat Hanh (Photo by Kurniadi Ilham)(1 comments)See this image larger:When you get out of the driver’s seat,you find that life can drive itself,that actually life has always been driving itself.Life begins to flow,and you never know where it will take you.--AdyashantiSee this image larger:When you get out of the driver's seat,you find that life can drive itself,that actually life has always been driving itself.Life begins to flow,and you never know where it will take you.--AdyashantiSee this image larger: In the darkest hour the soul is replenished and given strength to continue and endure. -- H.W. Chosa (Photo by Gerd Altmann)See this image largeris "Gratefulness is the gallantry of a heart ready to rise to the opportunity a given moment offers." --Br. David Steindl-RastSee this image largeris: "Just to be is a blessing; just to live is holy." --Rabbi Abraham Joshua HeschelSee this image larger: I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. -- Og MandinoSee this image larger:Everyday we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child, our own two eyes. All is a miracle. --Thich Nhat Hạnh (1 comments)See this image largerLet everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final. --Rainer Maria Rilke(4 comments)See this image larger:Looking behind I am filled with gratitude. Looking forward I am filled with vision. Looking upwards I am filled with strength. Looking within I discover peace. Quero Apache Prayer;Photo,Albert Hasler(1 comments)See this image largeris "Find the thing that stirs your heart and make room for it. Life is about the development of self to the point of unbridled joy." -- Joan Chittister (Photo by Jill Wellington)See this image larger: O Great Spirit, I bow to another sun, grateful for gifts bestowed, granted one by one. --Twylah Nitsch (Photo by Yinan Chen)(1 comments)See this image largerWith Emily Dickinson, "I dwell in possibility." --Photo by Quang Le(1 comments)See this image larger-- I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. --Maya Angelou (Photo by Hans Braxmeier) (1 comments)See this image larger: In the dew of little things, the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. --Kahlil Gibran (Photo by Nisha Gill)See this image largeris....(1 comments)See this image larger: I've had this crucial text on my SparkPage for like always!(1 comments)See this image larger--See this image largeris "Be a lamp or a lifeboat or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd." --Jalaluddin RumiSee this image largeris "Be a lamp or a lifeboat or a ladder. Help someone's soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd." --Jalaluddin Rumi(1 comments)See this image largeris "Sometimes I go about pitying myself, and all the time I am being carried on great winds across the sky." Chippewa saying, translated by Robert BlySee this image largeris "Thankfulness brings you to the place where the Beloved lives." --Jalaluddin Rumi (Photo by David Mark)See this image larger"Kindness and compassion toward all living things is the mark of a civilized society. " I wonder if he was a vegetarian? --Cesar Chavez (Photo by Sergey Klimkin)See this image larger"Are animals mere things, here for us to exploit? Or are they rather sentient, often intelligent beings, entitled to live their own lives?" -- Dr. Jane Goodall, who praises the book.See this image largeris.... (2 comments)See this image larger: Om Shanti, Shanti, ShantiSee this image largeris "We will be known forever by the tracks we leave." --Dakota Proverb (Photo by Thomas Baum)See this image larger "The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others, but ourselves." --Elizabeth Kubler-RossSee this image larger: I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable…but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. --Agatha Christie (Photo by Joan Halifax Roshi)See this image larger Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. --Jane HowardSee this image larger: Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. --Helen Keller (Photo by Dimitris Vetsikas)(1 comments)See this image larger:Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon;...where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. --St Francis of AssisiSee this image largeris Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. --John Milton(1 comments)See this image largeris hmmmm...breakfast used up 734 of my 1550 calories for today. Good part is that it really filled me up! (2 comments)See this image largeris See this image largerIn the midst of gathering darkness, light becomes more evident. -- Bonnie Bostrom (photo, me, yesterday's sunset) (1 comments)See this image largeris, for this holiday, joyous Christmas!See this image largerThe given world that we think is there and the solid ground we are on is so tentative.And a threshold is a line which separates two territories of spirit, and very often how we cross is the key thing.See this image largeris See this image largerSee this image largeris (2 comments)See this image largeris See this image largeris -- avin't THAT the truth!See this image largeris See this image largeris(1 comments)See this image largeris...and that's the truth!See this image largeris See this image largeris See this image largeris See this image largeris See this image largerSee this image largerstaying positive!See this image largeris... See this image largeris...TRUTH:See this image largerSee this image largeris.... (1 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largeris worth it!See this image largeris See this image largeris grieving the sudden loss of a best friend.(3 comments)See this image largeris See this image largerPlease!See this image largeris See this image largerSee this image larger...and herein lies the challenge....See this image largerSee this image larger See this image largeris...See this image largeris well aware of the truth of this! See this image largeris aware of the preciousness of life and my responsibility to care for my *temple* -- See this image largerOur glad hearts, accepting the miracle of this moment, this breath, this day, this life—that is the foundation of all sanity. -- Terry Patten (image, Chloe Si)See this image largeris "Our glad hearts, accepting the miracle of this moment, this breath, this day, this life—that is the foundation of all sanity." -- Terry Patten (image, Chloe Si)(1 comments)See this image largeris (1 comments)See this image largeris...let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. See this image largerLIFE WHILE-YOU-WAITI know nothing of the role I play. I only know it’s mine. I can’t exchange it. I have to guess on the spot just what this play’s all about. Ill-prepared for the privilege of living,See this image largerLIFE WHILE-YOU-WAITI know nothing of the role I play. I only know it’s mine. I can’t exchange it. I have to guess on the spot just what this play’s all about. Ill-prepared for the privilege of living,See this image larger-- LIFE WHILE-YOU-WAIT I know nothing of the role I play. I only know it’s mine. I can’t exchange it. I have to guess on the spot just what this play’s all about. Ill-prepared for thSee this image larger"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about." ~ RumiSee this image larger--Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. ~Rumi See this image largeris... (2 comments)See this image largeris --See this image largeris --(1 comments)See this image largeris so very grateful for the the encouraging comments on my last blog! Kitty Rama not so much.(1 comments)See this image largeris so very grateful for all the encouraging posts on my last blog...Kitty Rama not so much.(1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largeragrees --See this image larger-- The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers. --Thich Nhat HanhSee this image largeris trying to be determined and courageous -- (1 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image larger-- Bunny to Dr. Freud, "I don't know where the eggs come from, and I have no idea why I feel a compulsion to hide them." HAPPY EASTER!See this image largerSee this image larger-- “I have lost my smile, but don't worry. The dandelion has it.Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every StepSee this image largerI have lost my smile, but don't worry. the (dogwood) has it. --Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every StepSee this image largermysterious wisteria / flower of the gods(1 comments)See this image larger -- mysterious wisteria / flower of the goddess(2 comments)See this image larger``(1 comments)See this image largeris --See this image largeris --See this image largeris (1 comments)See this image largerAsk yourself: Where am I? Answer: Here. Ask yourself: What time is it? Answer: Now. Say it until you can hear it. -- Ram DassSee this image largeris a warrior!See this image largeris training to be a warrior!(1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerWith palms joined....See this image larger, with palms joinedSee this image largeris.... See this image largeris.... 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(2 comments)See this image largeris...Rumi *got it*....See this image largeris (2 comments)See this image largerhas another opportunity....See this image larger:May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder. --John O'DonohueSee this image largeris --(1 comments)See this image largeris --See this image larger -- yes, again and again.See this image largeris --(1 comments)See this image largeris See this image largerSee this image largerSee this image larger(1 comments)See this image largeris -- YES SIR!See this image largeroh yes -- See this image largeris -- (1 comments)See this image larger,The venerable Joseph Campbell:(1 comments)See this image largerSahasrara (Crown) Chakra See this image largeris...Yes! See this image largeris...yes! See this image largeris See this image largeris -- (1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largeris See this image largerSee this image larger(2 comments)See this image largeris.... See this image larger See this image largeris -- YAY!See this image largeris celebrating the first day of the rest of my life!See this image largeris (1 comments)See this image largeris See this image largerYep, that's about it....(3 comments)See this image largeris excited that Adelaida arrives today! This photo was taken 6 yrs. ago on my 71st birthday.See this image larger-- Adelaida arrives from Ecuador today!(2 comments)See this image largeris -- YES! On May 13(1 comments)See this image largerspends time frequenlly at Kanaha Beach Park, Maui.See this image largeris looking for a little humor to spice up the week --(2 comments)See this image larger-- As Thich Nhat Hanh says, "We inter-are."See this image larger: What an amaiing night of song and hula outdoors at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center Amphitheater last night. The trio Na Palapalai sang and no less than seven extraordinary hula halaus performed wSee this image larger: What an amaiing night of song and hula outdoors at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center Amphitheater. The trio Na Palapalai sang and no less than seven extraordinary hula halaus performed wiSee this image larger: What an amaiing night of song and hula outdoors at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center Amphitheater. The trio Na Palapalai sang and no less than seven extraordinary hula halaus performed ..(1 comments)See this image largeris in bliss (lol)!(1 comments)See this image largeris See this image largerjhasn't seen the 130s for many moons! See this image largerhasn't seen the 130s for many moons!(2 comments)See this image larger(2 comments)See this image largerhas spent a lifetime trying to realize this Truth: (1 comments)See this image largerikows that without humor I'm completely SUNK!(1 comments)See this image largeris...See this image largeris See this image larger-- Blessed Vesak!(1 comments)See this image largeris (1 comments)See this image largeris... See this image largeris (1 comments)See this image larger--See this image largeris See this image largeris --See this image largeris --(1 comments)See this image largeris See this image largeris -- I can relate.(1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largeris (1 comments)See this image largeragrees:See this image largeris watering the positive seeds:(1 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largersay yep --See this image largeris See this image largeris See this image larger-- beauty above; beauty below.See this image largerSee this image largerThere are days we live as if death were nowhere in the background; from joy to joy to joy, from wing to wing, from blossom to blossom to impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.See this image largeris "Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer." --Maya AngelouSee this image largeris "No water, no life. No blue, no green." --Sylvia EarleSee this image larger: Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go out and do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. --Howard ThurmanSee this image largeris... See this image largeris "Isn’t it amazing that we are all made in God’s image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people?" --Desmond TutuSee this image larger: We too can fly. But that cocoon must go! --AnonymousSee this image larger....(1 comments)See this image largeris "Keep inviolate an area of light and peace within you." --Corazon Aquino (http://www.biography.com/people/corazon-a
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See this image larger:See this image largeris "The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it." --Sri NisargadattaSee this image largeris (1 comments)See this image largeris (1 comments)See this image largeris See this image larger: Laughing is the shortest distance between two people. --Victor Borge (photo by Sally Wynn)See this image largeris See this image larger: Hope is the deep orientation of the human soul that can be held at the darkest times. --Vaclav Havel (photo by Saskia Ahlbrecht)See this image largeris "The journey is the reward." --Chinese ProverbSee this image largeris See this image largeris See this image larger:The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another. --Thomas MertonSee this image larger:In an age where there is much talk about"being yourself,"I reserve the right to forget about being myself,since in any case there is very little chance of my being anybody else.--Thomas Merton(1 comments)See this image largeris "Love is not a feeling; it is a great power, an Intelligence to which we are all heir and have been forever called." --Anne Hillman (photo by Lee Watts) See this image largeris See this image larger: Wonder is the beginning of wisdom. --Socrates (photo by Jay Ames)See this image largeris (1 comments)See this image largeris YES! "The whole of the holy life is good friends." --The Buddha (photo by Phaedra Greenwood)(1 comments)See this image largeris See this image larger: The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero ( 3 January 106 BC - 7 December 43 BC)See this image largeris See this image larger: This is perfect for day following All Saints Day/Dia de los muertos!See this image larger: If you love truth, be a lover of silence. Silence, like the sunlight will illuminate you in the Divine. --St. Isaac, 7th Century Hermit monk (Photo by Ed Hathaway)See this image largeris...TRUTH! " The love of one’s country is a natural thing. But why should love stop at the border?" --Pablo Casals (Photo by Antonio Cascal Heira)See this image largeris See this image largerMy brain is only a receiver; in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength, and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists. See this image largeris Prior text by Nikola Tesla and rainbow photo by A.T. MannSee this image larger: At first dreams seem impossible, then improbable, then inevitable. --Christopher ReeveSee this image larger: sez' my hero, "The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe to match your nature with Nature." -- Joseph Campbell (photo Orion Nebula)See this image larger:A lifetime may not be long enough to attune ourselves fully to the harmony of the universe. But just to become aware that we can resonate with it — that alone can be like waking up from a dream. See this image largerPrior text by Brother David Steindl-Rast. Photo by Brigitte Werner.(1 comments)See this image larger: In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair. --Howard Thurman (photo by Linda Hannum)(1 comments)See this image larger: Gratitude is so close to the bone of life, pure and true, that it instantly stops the rational mind, and all its planning and plotting. --Regina Sara Ryan (photo by Peter Dargatz)See this image largeris "Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." --Martin Luther King Jr.(2 comments)See this image larger:See this image largeris See this image largeragrees, "If we realized how powerful our thoughts are, we would never think a negative thought." --Peace Pilgrim (photo by Linda Hannum)See this image largeris "Not one single atom opposes us." --Zen Master Hongzhi (photo by Linda Hannum)See this image largerWhat is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the Sunset. See this image largeris prior text by Crowfoot, a leader of the Blackfoot Nation (photo by Linda Hannum)See this image largeris -- prior text by Crowfoot, a leader of the Blackfoot Nation (prior photo by Linda Hannum)See this image largeris -- prior text by Crowfoot, a leader of the Blackfoot Nation (prior photo by Linda Hannum) See this image larger: There is no large and difficult task that can't be divided into little easy tasks. --Buddhist Saying (Photo by Jiii­ Rotrekl)See this image larger-- Sufis are the mystical arm of Islam.See this image larger: Prayer is sitting in the silence until it silences us, choosing gratitude until we are grateful, praising God until we ourselves are a constant act of praise. --Fr. Richard Rohr, OFMSee this image largerSee this image largerWe have a spiritual practice of thinking of a fire hydrant as a saint – it’s standing there waiting to be of service. It’s a way to start reframing our relation to all the everyday things around us.See this image larger: Prior text by Frederic BrussatSee this image largerWe have a have a spiritual practice of thinking of a fire hydrant as a saint--standing there waiting to be of service. It's a way to start reframing our relation to all the everyday things around us.See this image largeris ...(2 comments)See this image largeris "When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed." --Maya AngelouSee this image larger"The more you sense the rareness & value of your own life,the more you realize that how you use it,how you manifest it,is all your responsibility.We face such a big task,so naturally we sit down..."See this image larger"...for awhile." Text by Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi www.kobunroshi.net/See this image larger"...for awhile." Text by Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi: www.kobunroshi.netSee this image largerTo be no longer content to pick up what is floating on the surface of life, and to want only the pearls at the bottom of the sea, this is grace, welling up from deep inside. --Eknath EaswaranSee this image larger: One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. --Helen Keller (Photo by Pascal Wiemers)(2 comments)See this image larger:(1 comments)See this image larger: Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free. --Thich Nhat Hanh(1 comments)See this image largerRelaxing with my comadre Rosita after her delicious lunch, Nov, 2014.(1 comments)See this image larger: The more alert we become to the blessing that flows into us through everything we touch, the more our own touch will bring blessing. --David Steindl-Rast, A Listening Heart(1 comments)See this image larger: If we ever reach the point where we think we thoroughly understand who we are and where we came from, we will have failed. -- Carl SaganSee this image largerYES! to SERVICE: If you dedicate yourself to service, the doors will open. --Pir Vilayat Inayat KhanSee this image larger: If we cannot be happy in spite of our difficulties, what good is our spiritual practice? --Maha Ghosananda(1 comments)See this image larger: Even in a world that's being shipwrecked, remain brave and strong. Hildegard von Bingen, 12th century Christian mystic & visionary(1 comments)See this image larger: Hero, mentor, teacher Joseph Campbell offered, "Where you stumble, there your treasure lies."See this image larger: When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world. --John Muir (Or: We interare with the whole universe. --Thich Nhat Hanh)See this image largeris "Acquire a firm will and the utmost patience." --Sri Anandamayi MaSee this image larger: People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. --Audrey Hepburn(1 comments)See this image largercont'd: And every crystal bead reflects not only the light from every other crystal in the net, but also every other reflection throughout the entire universe.See this image largeris "It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility." --Rachel CarsonSee this image largerappreciates this beautiful reminder: "Be humble for you are made of Earth. Be noble for you are made of stars." --Serbian Proverb (1 comments)See this image largerthanks Ovid, who taught that, "The burden which is well borne becomes light."See this image larger: When we begin to believe that there is greater joy in working with and for others, rather than just for ourselves, then our society will truly become a place of celebration. --Jean Vanier(1 comments)See this image largerSO agrees with Simone Weil, that: "Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity."See this image largeris "Sometimes I go about pitying myself, and all the time I am being carried on great winds across the sky." --Chippewa, translated by Robert BlySee this image larger: The world is your kaleidoscope, and the varying combinations of colors which at every succeeding moment it presents to you are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of your ever-moving thoughts.(2 comments)See this image largerloves this by James Joyce, from Ulysses, "Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past." (He KNEW!)See this image largerThe Glory of God is a human being fully alive. --St. Irenaeus (photo by Ulrika Mai)See this image largerloves this: " If the eye of the heart is open, in each atom there will be one hundred secrets." --Attar (photo by Musthaq Nazeer)(1 comments)See this image largeris "Find the thing that stirs your heart and make room for it. Life is about the development of self to the point of unbridled joy." --Joan Chittister, Monasteries of the Heart NewsletterSee this image larger: To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. ~Lewis B. SmedesSee this image largeris " Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." --Leonardo da Vinci(1 comments)See this image largeragrees that, "Just as parents care for their children, you should bear in mind the whole universe." -- Zen Master Dogen (photo Carina Nebula: ESO/T. Preibisch)(1 comments)See this image largeris BIG NEWS from Harper Lee! http://tinyurl.com/mqsgfya(2 comments)See this image larger:Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, (cont'd.)See this image larger:(cont'd.) "I love to go and see all the things I am happy without." Jack Kornfield After the Ecstasy, the Laundry (photo by Thomas Ulrich)(2 comments)See this image larger: Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, (cont'd.)(1 comments)See this image larger: In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich. --Dietrich BonhoefferSee this image larger:What is life?It is the flash of a firefly in the night.It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. --Crowfoot(1 comments)See this image largeris thank you William Blake, "And we are put on earth a little space, that we may learn to bear the beams of love." (1 comments)See this image larger: Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice. -- Thich Nhat Hanh (photo by Kurniadi Ilham)(2 comments)See this image largeris in love with John O'Donohue: "I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding."(Horseshoe Bend, AZ, photo by Hans Braxmeier) See this image largeris ahhhhhhhh: "The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do." --Galileo GalileiSee this image largeris ahhhhh: "The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do." --Galileo GalileiSee this image largerthanks Carl Jung: "Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes."See this image largeragrees with Hindu scripture: "Every being is an abode of the Divine, worthy of respect and reverence."(1 comments)See this image largeris YES! "Religion isn’t about believing things. It's ethical alchemy. It’s about behaving in a way that changes you, that gives you intimations of holiness and sacredness." --Karen ArmstrongSee this image largeris: "All good things are wild, and free." --Henry David Thoreau(1 comments)See this image largerThe world is holy. We are holy. All life is holy. Daily prayers are delivered on the lips of breaking waves, the whisperings of grasses, the shimmering of leaves. --Terry Tempest WilliamsSee this image larger: The world is holy. We are holy. All life is holy. Daily prayers are delivered on the lips of breaking waves, the whisperings of grasses, the shimmering of leaves. --Terry Tempest WilliamsSee this image larger: Each string of a wind harp responds with a different note to the same breeze. What makes you personally resonate most strongly, most deeply, with the wind of the Spirit that blows where it wills? --See this image larger--the quote by David Steindl-Rast, OSB, Catholic Benedictine monk, notable for his active participation in interfaith dialogue and his work on the interaction between spirituality and science.See this image largeris "Life is an opportunity given to satisfy the hunger and thirst of the soul." --Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan, Bowl of SakiSee this image largeris Om Shanthi: "Looking behind I am filled with gratitude. Looking forward I am filled with vision. Looking upwards I am filled with strength. Looking within I discover peace." --Quero Apache PrayerSee this image largerloves Leonard Cohen's poetry and music: "Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."See this image largeris intrigued by "Wabi Sabi," a confirmation of Cohen's philosophy!(1 comments)See this image largeris ahhhh: "O Great Spirit, I awake to another sun, grateful for gifts bestowed, granted one by one." -- Twylah Nitsch, Seneca Medicine WomanSee this image larger(Cont'd.) Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit. e.e. cummings (photo by Amber Clay)See this image largerWe do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that something deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. (Cont'd.) Photo by Amber Clay(1 comments)See this image larger:And love will simply have no choice but to go into battle with space and time, and furthermore, to win. --James Baldwin, Nothing Personal, a collaboration with photographer Richard Avedon(1 comments)See this image largeragrees with the process of Benjamin Franklin, "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."(2 comments)See this image largerso agrees that, "No matter what accomplishments you achieve, somebody helps you." --Althea Gibson, http://www.history.com/topics/black-histor
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See this image larger, for a friend facing surgery soon, "Where there is great love there are always miracles." --Willa Cather(1 comments)See this image larger: "In human relations one should penetrate to the core of loneliness in each person and speak to that." --Bertrand Russell, from Bertrand Russell's Autobiography Vol 1, pp. 219-221See this image largerappreciates: "Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new." --Ursula K. Le GuinSee this image larger:Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing,life reveals just the opposite,that letting go is the real path to freedom. --Sogyal Rinpoche,Glimpse After GlimpseSee this image largeris, "When we understand how precious each moment is, we can treat each breath, each moment, as a newborn baby." --Michele McDonald, Dharma Teacher (photo by Anja Osenberg)See this image largeris "And you will know exactly who you are, forever, by knowing what it is that you love." --Mark Helprin, from Winter's TaleSee this image largeris "And you will know exactly who you are, forever, by knowing what it is that you love." --Mark Helprin, from Winter's TaleSee this image larger: The gardener uses both roses in the flowerbed and thorns in making fences. --Hazrat Inayat Khan, GayanSee this image largerloves the extraordinary work of Desmond Tutu who said, "The God who existed before any religion counts on you to make the oneness of the human family known and celebrated."See this image larger(Cont'd) "When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be." --Robert Fulghum (photo by Kerryanna Kershner)See this image largerloves David Whyte's admonition: "You must learn one thing: the world was made to be free in.See this image largeris ahhhhh..."Gratitude is a flower that blooms in noble souls." --Pope FrancisSee this image larger:To this day I believe we are here on earth to live, grow, and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom. Rosa ParksSee this image largersez', ahhhhh Rumi: "Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray." ( Essential Rumi, versions by Coleman Barks)(1 comments)See this image larger: We have no idea what tomorrow will bring, but today is overflowing with potential. --Allan Lokos, Through the FlamesSee this image largeris, may it be so! "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word." --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.(1 comments)See this image larger:Be still, and the world is bound to turn herself inside out to entertain you. Everywhere you look, joyful noise is clanging to drown out quiet desperation. --Barbara Kingsolver, High Tide in Tucson(1 comments)See this image largeris "Change the story and you change perception; change perception and you change the world." --Jean Houston, A Passion for the PossibleSee this image largeris "Laughing is the shortest distance between two people (beings)." --Victor BorgeSee this image larger: When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. Maya Angelou(1 comments)See this image larger:What is a soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room. Ray Charleshttp://tinyurl.com/pumeu5o See this image largeris "Simplicity is the ultimate sophisticaton." --Leonardo da VinciSee this image larger: The same pain that can blemish our personality can act as a creative force, burnishing it into an object of delight. --Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Alchemical Wisdom (photo by Steve Bidmead)See this image largeris "Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced - even a proverb is not a proverb till your life has illustrated it." --John Keats (photo with Adelaida in Ecuador, birthday 2014)See this image larger"And I Love Her", The Beatles, a major influence on jazz guitarist Pat Metheny -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYcZ6s3z1j
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See this image largerknows Jon Kabat Zinn is right, "The little things? The little moments? They aren't little." (Photo: Playing with my god child, Amrita, 2005, Ecuador). (2 comments)See this image larger:If my mind gets trapped inside/Just roll me to my sky-wide view/Where I will feast on cumulous and light/And tell you that art with just my eyes. JaneKrainin's irrepressible spirit, anticipating ALSSee this image largeris oh yes! "For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile." --Elie WieselSee this image larger: Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let it be free and unashamed. --William Saroyan(1 comments)See this image largeris "When you listen generously to people they can hear the truth in themselves, often for the first time." --Rachel Naomi Remen (photo by Brigitte Werner)See this image largeris "Death can come at any minute, in any way. We do not know what is in store tomorrow, or, whether there is a tomorrow, or even a tonight!" (Cont'd.)See this image largeris (Cont'd.) "But still, we have the golden present. Now we are alive and kicking. What should we do now? Love all, serve all." --Sri Swami Satchidananda (photo by Abdulmomn Kadhim)See this image largerwill remember during bus trip: "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." Philo of Alexandria (Adios!)(2 comments)See this image largerhopes so -- "Will you ever understand how near God is to you?" --Lalla, fourteenth century C.E. (photo by David Mark)See this image largeris sending saludos desde Vilcabamba, Ecuador: "Retire to the center of your being, which is calmness." --Paramahansa YoganandaSee this image largeris "The whole of the holy life is good friends." The Buddha to his cousin Ananda (photo, me'n'Adelaida)See this image largeris -- The winds of grace blow all the time. All we need to do is set our sails. --Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Gospel of Ramakrishna(1 comments)See this image larger: Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light.(Cont'd)See this image larger(Cont'd) Dr. Albert Schweitzer (photo by Alicja Stolarczyk)See this image larger:Earth, my love...Believe me, no more of your springtimes are needed to win me over - even one flower is more than enough. Before I was named I belonged to you. --Rainer Maria Rilke, 9th Duino ElegySee this image largeris "I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book." --Groucho MarxSee this image largeris "Prayer and love are learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and the heart has turned to stone.' --Thomas MertonSee this image larger:As we learn to have compassion for ourselves, the circle of compassion for others -- what and whom we can work with, and how -- becomes wider. --Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall ApartSee this image larger"It is no wonder that people keep pointing out how the presidency has aged me. I look so old, John Boehner's already invited Netanyahu to speak at my funeral." --White House Correspondent's DinnerSee this image largeris "Give me love /Give me love / Give me peace on earth" -- George HarrisonSee this image largeris "No matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with " --Andy RooneySee this image largeris "When you cultivate a seed of love, it is you that blossoms." --Ma Jaya Sati (Photo: Manfred Antranias Zimmer)See this image largerTonglen for, as Pema Chodron says, "a world that is falling apart." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwqlurCvXu
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See this image larger:How many gifts and graces You have given me! How many favors You have fed me from your hand! I look for your love in all directions, then suddenly its blessing burns in me. --Rabia Al-AdawiyyaSee this image largerI am so happy I was able to help facilitate a beautiful "quinceanera" for my god daughter 12/30/14.See this image largeris "Truth may walk through the world unarmed." --Bedouin Proverb (photo by Honey Kochphon Onshawee)See this image larger: Penetrate the heart of just one drop of water, and you will be flooded by a hundred oceans. --Mahmud Shabistarî (photo, Playa de los Frailes, Machalilla National Park, Ecuador, Rainer Doost) See this image largeris "I go among trees and sit still. All my stirring becomes quiet around me like circles on water." --Wendell BerrySee this image larger: Some mountains are not mountains. Not all caves, springs, groves and deserts are caves, springs, groves or deserts. Some are god beings of vast capacity, masquerading as features of the landscape. See this image largeris "How fit to employ all the heart and the soul and the senses forever in joy!." --Robert Browning (photo by Nicole Köhler)See this image larger: Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play and pray, where nature heals and gives strength to body and soul alike. --John Muir (photo by Margaret Wakeley - Muir trail, Yosemite, CA)See this image largeris "In everything there is a hidden wholeness." --Thomas MertonSee this image largeris "We are never more than one grateful thought away from peace of heart." --Brother David Steindl-RastSee this image largeris "A friend is a gift you give yourself." --Robert Louis Stevenson(2 comments)See this image largeris "Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity." Khalil Gibran (Photo: birthday ritual in Hana Cave, Maui)(1 comments)See this image larger :The more you sense the rareness and value of your own life, the more you realize that how you use it, how you manifest it, is all your responsibility. (Cont'd.)See this image larger(Cont'd.) : We face such a big task, so naturally we sit down for a while. --Kobun Chino Otogawa RoshiSee this image larger: Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical;don't edit your own soul according to the fashion.Rather,follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.-Franz Kafka(Image:Andy Warhol)See this image largeris "A recognition of the mystery of death, and therewith, of life, marks the spiritual separation of man from the beasts." --Joseph Campbell See this image largeris "The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry." --Maya AngelouSee this image larger: Look at your feet. You are standing in the sky. When we think of the sky, we tend to look up, but the sky actually begins at the earth. --Diane AckermanSee this image largerEVERYTHING!See this image larger (Cont'd.) "...and her abundant natural treasures and pleasures. See what moves you, and what's calling you home, for rest, solace, release." --Molly Hall (Christian Schloe, artwork) (1 comments)See this image largerloves "Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable." ~ Mary Oliver (Image: NASA's Hubble and Spitzer telescopes)(1 comments)See this image largeris "The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose." --Heda Bejar (photo by Johann Reinbacher)See this image larger--"For the simplicity on this side of complexity, I wouldn't give you a fig. But for the simplicity on the other side of complexity, for that I would give you anything I have.” --Oliver Wendell HolmesSee this image largerTo be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting. See this image larger-- no more internet at home after today until I get home and arrange it there. Hasta luego!(1 comments)See this image largeris at internet place: "Gratitude is an ascending reflection of a descending grace." --Beverly Novak (photo by Hilary Quinn)See this image largeris "Keep inviolate an area of light and peace within you." Corazon Aquino, 11th president (and first female president) of the Philippines. She restored democracy after the dictatorship of F. Marcos.See this image larger: "Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle." --Phillips BrooksSee this image largeris "I love my friends neither with my heart nor with my mind. Just in case...heart might stop. Mind can forget. I love them with my soul. Soul never stops or forgets." --RumiSee this image largeris "If we realized how powerful our thoughts are, we would never think a negative thought." --Peace Pilgrim (photo by Linda Hannum)See this image larger: The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too. W.H. Murray, "The Scottish Himalayan Expedition"See this image larger: I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything See this image larger: (Cont'd.) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. address in Memphis the night before Dr. King's assassination (Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in Her sight....)See this image larger: May the blessing of the soft rain be upon you, Falling gently on your head, refreshing your soul With the sweetness of little flowers newly blooming. (Cont'd)See this image larger: (Cony'd.) May the strength of the winds of Heaven bless you, Carrying the rain to wash your spirit clean. --from An Irish Prayer For HealingSee this image largeris "While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart." --St. Francis of AssisiSee this image larger: Turn your face to the sun, and the shadows fall behind you. --Maori proverbSee this image larger: All this hurrying soon will be over. Only when we tarry do we touch the holy. --Rainer Maria Rilke, In Praise of Mortality, translated and edited by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy(1 comments)See this image larger...in May 2014, I carried 144 lbs; yesterday, 132! YES! to many miles of walking in Ecuador (photo 6/13/15, meditation retreat Maria Center, St. Louis) (2 comments)See this image larger: In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair. --Howard ThurmanSee this image larger: Are the stars too far? Pick up the pebble that lies at thy feet, and from it learn the all. --Margaret Fuller www.pbs.org/wnet/ihas/poet/fuller.htmlSee this image larger: And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was greater than the risk it took to blossom. --Anais Nin (via gratefulness.org)(3 comments)See this image larger: And we are put on earth a little space, that we may learn to bear the beams of love. --William Blake (via gratefulness.org)See this image larger: Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. --Marcel ProustSee this image largerTravel ennobles the spirit and does away with our prejudices. --Oscar WildeSee this image larger: Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder. --E.B. White (photo by Linda Hannum)(1 comments)See this image larger: A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words. --Donna Roberts (photo by Barbara Jackson)See this image larger: A few fly bites cannot stop a spirited horse. --Mark TwainSee this image larger: The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions. --Marcus Tullius Cicero(1 comments)See this image larger: A harmonized mind produces harmony in this world of seeming discord. --Paramahansa Yogananda(1 comments)See this image larger: To meet everything and everyone through stillness instead of mental noise is the greatest gift you can offer to the universe. --Eckhart TolleSee this image largerIn the continuous flow of blessing our heart finds meaning and rest. --David Steindl-Rast(1 comments)See this image larger:Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. (Cont'd.)(1 comments)See this image larger: (Cont'd.) You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. --Cesar ChavezSee this image largeris "YES!"See this image larger: May all find simplicity the joyous and practical guide. --Buddhist textSee this image larger:The future is not some place we are going,but one we are creating.The paths are not to be found,but made.And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination. --John SchaarSee this image larger:It is when we are confronted with...poignant reminders of mortality that we become most aware of the strangeness and wonder of our brief life on Earth. --Kathleen BasfordSee this image largeris "There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly." --Margaret FullerSee this image larger: Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. (Cont'd.)See this image larger(Cont'd.) It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity. --Carl Gustav Jung(1 comments)See this image largeris "Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads." --Henry David ThoreauSee this image largeris "What you seek is seeking you." --Jalal ad-Din Rumi(1 comments)See this image largeris "Does a place have consciousness, such that it can receive gratitude for what it has given just by being itself?" --Trebbe Johnson (Photo: Home in Ecuador) (1 comments)See this image largeris (1 comments)See this image largeris "Our approach to gratefulness has to be big enough to embrace all the difficulties of the world." --Br. David Steindl-Rast (photo by Brigitte Werner)See this image larger: One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?” --Rachel Carson (photo by Linda Hannum)(1 comments)See this image largeris "All the children who are held and loved…will know how to love others. Spread these virtues in the world. Nothing more need be done." Meng Zi, C. 300 BCE (Photo by Brian Odwar)See this image larger: "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less." --Madame Marie Curie (Photo by Gerd Altmann)(1 comments)See this image larger: Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life. --HH,Dalai LamaSee this image largerFull attribution -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama (photo by Christine Sponchia)See this image larger: As life becomes harder and more threatening, it also becomes richer, because the fewer expectations we have, the more the good things of life become unexpected gifts that we accept with gratitude.(1 comments)See this image larger--Attritution: Elly Hillesum (1914–1943), who on 7 September 1943, with her family, was deported to Auschwitz. See: Etty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life, the Diaries & Letters. See this image larger: We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. -- Blessed Mother TeresaSee this image larger: When we come upon beautiful things, they act like small tears in the surface of the world that pull us through to some vaster space. --Elaine Scarry (photo by Linda Hannum)See this image larger: I take my small pieces of joy wherever I can find them or make them, with gratitude. --Stephanie, a dear friend (photo, Patrick Casaert)See this image larger: There is a sixth sense, the natural religious sense, the sense of wonder. --D.H. Lawrence(1 comments)See this image largeris "It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness." --Eleanor RooseveltSee this image largeris "To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly." --Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette(photo by Linda Hannum) See this image largerDo not be small minded.Do not pray for gourds & pumpkins from God,when you should be asking for pure love & pure knowledge to dawn within every heart. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (photo by Gaby Stein)See this image largeris "Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony." --Thomas Merton (photo by Linda Hannum)See this image larger:Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. -- Sarah Williams, English poet (1837–1868)See this image larger: One of life's most fulfilling moments occurs in the split-second when the familiar is suddenly transformed into the dazzling aura of the profoundly new. --Edward B. LindamanSee this image largeris "How fit to employ all the heart and the soul and the senses forever in joy!" --Robert BrowningSee this image larger: May the sun bring you new energy by day; may the moon softly restore you by night; may the rain wash away your worries; may the breeze blow new strength into your being. --Apache Blessing (2 comments)See this image larger: Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect. --Brené BrownSee this image larger: While we cry ourselves to sleep, gratitude waits patiently to console and reassure us; there is a landscape larger than the one we can see. --Sarah Ban Breathnach (Photo by Dan Fador)(1 comments)See this image largeris, thank you Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The world laughs in flowers." Photo, Albert Dross, Netherlands SummerSee this image larger is...so true! "The important thing is not to think much, but to love much; and so do that which best stirs you to love." St. Therese of Lisieux (Photo by Chris Grey)See this image largeris "When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around." --Willie Nelson (Photo by Chris Boenke)See this image largeris...the day I decide I am more interested in being aware of my thoughts than I am in the thoughts themselves -- that is the day I will find my way out:(1 comments)See this image larger:There is within us a modulation, an inner exaltation, which lifts us above the buffetings with which events assail us. Likewise, it lifts us above dependence upon the gifts of events for our joy.See this image larger: Text by Albert Schweitzer,http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel
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See this image largeris "If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation." --Jiddu Krishnamurti(2 comments)See this image largeris...*children's* book Open House for Butterflies by Ruth Krauss, her final and loveliest collaboration with Maurice Sendak.(1 comments)See this image larger: It was my life -- like all lives, mysterious and irrevocable and sacred. So very close, so very present, so very belonging to me. How wild it was, to let it be. --Cheryl Strayed, author of WildSee this image largeris... (1 comments)See this image largeris "Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity." --Simone Weil (1909-1943)See this image largeris "Joy is the simplest form of gratitude." --Karl BarthSee this image largeris "Daring to dream what is deepest in our collective longings is what makes us most human and fully alive." --Wendy WrightSee this image larger: The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. --Rabindranath TagoreSee this image larger:Even if I should be locked up in a narrow cell and a cloud should drift past my small barred window, then I shall bring you that cloud, Oh God, while there is still the strength in me to do so. See this image larger: text, Etty Hillesum; photo by Anja OsenbergSee this image largeris "May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder." --John O'Donohue (Photo by Linda Hannum)See this image largeris.... See this image largeris...more Rumi! "Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground."See this image larger: But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love. --Kahlil Gibran (Photo by Anthony Poynton)See this image largerFollowing text by Wendell Berry and photo by Alain Audet. See this image largeris "The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope."See this image largeris "Mistakes are the portal to discovery." --James Joyce (Photo by Jacqueline Macou)See this image largeris... (1 comments)See this image largeris "The destiny of humans cannot be separated from the destiny of Earth." --Thomas BerrySee this image largeris " A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." --Lao Tzu(1 comments)See this image larger's strategy: See this image largeris "Those who are awake live in a constant state of amazement." --Jack Kornfield (Photo by Bkrmadtya Karki)(2 comments)See this image larger: In work of love, the body forgets its weight. And once again with love and singing in mind, I come to what must come to me, carried as a dancer by a song. This grace is gravity. --Wendell BerrySee this image larger: It began in mystery and it will end in mystery, but what a rare and beautiful country lies in between. --Diane Ackerman (Photo by Frank Winkler)See this image larger: It may be that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings. --Wendell Berry(1 comments)See this image largeris "Every exit is an entry somewhere else." --Tom StoppardSee this image largeris "We must slow down to a human tempo and we’ll begin to have time to listen." --Thomas MertonSee this image largeris "Be humble for you are made of Earth. Be noble for you are made of stars." --Serbian Proverb (Photo: Hubble, Carina Nebula) See this image larger"Love for ourselves is the power that heals us. So we need to be as loving as we can, everyday." --Louise HaySee this image largeris "Drawing on my fine command of the language, I said nothing." --Robert BenchleySee this image largeris...(1 comments)See this image larger To be alive: not just the carcass / But the spark. / That's crudely put, but ... / If we're not supposed to dance, / Why all this music? --Gregory OrrSee this image largeris...yes! DANCE! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqLTe8h0-j
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See this image larger: There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy. -- Ralph H. BlumSee this image larger:Catastrophe is the essence of the spiritual path,a series of breakdowns allowing us to discover the threads that weave all of life into a whole cloth. Roshi Joan Halifax (Photo by Muhammed Abd Allah)See this image largeris "A friend is a gift you give yourself." --Robert Louis Stevenson (Photo by Ulrika Mai)See this image larger: Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no result, one day a light that is in exact proportion to them will flood the soul. --Simone WeilSee this image largeris "Within us is the soul of the whole, the wise silence, the universal beauty, the eternal One." --Ralph Waldo Emerson(1 comments)See this image largeris... See this image largeris... See this image largeragrees: " Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition." --James BaldwinSee this image larger, YES! --See this image largeris "Gratitude is a flower that blooms in noble souls." --Pope FrancisSee this image larger: Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle. --Phillips BrooksSee this image largeris "No one has ever become poor by giving." --Anne FrankSee this image largeris (1 comments)See this image largeris (1 comments)See this image largeris See this image larger(2 comments)See this image largerLoves the legacy of Rachel Carson, who said, "Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."See this image largerWith beloved friend and former housemate Robin (GENKI_WARRIOR), at going away gathering May 2014(4 comments)See this image largerTruckin' Arkansas to California 5-6/14 in my 1984 Toyota Dolphin.(1 comments)See this image largerWith my soul sister Adelaida on my 71st birthday in Ecuador, Feb 23, 2013. (1 comments)See this image largerTHANK YOU Chris Downie, the VeryMerrySparkGuy, for this incomparable wellness site! (9/26/09)(6 comments)See this image largerMe'n Coach Nicole at SP Cincinnati Program 9/26/09. (15 comments)See this image larger1987: I met my beloved teacher Swami Satchidananda in 1981. The rest, as they say, is history!(7 comments)See this image largerWith Thay and over 1000 others at Magnolia Grove Monastery, during Sept 24-29, 2013 retreat.(1 comments)See this image largerGurudev and I on Secret Beach, Kauai, 1987.(6 comments)See this image largerGENKI_WARRIOR'n me cruising the beautiful AR River Trail summer 2013 -- wheee!!!See this image largerA blossoming friendship with Ann (ABURRIS2) added JOY to my sojourn in the SFBayArea, ending 2011.(8 comments)See this image largerA valley of the Andes of northern Ecuador where I stay. Taken during a hike at Lago Cuicocha.(1 comments)See this image largerMy beautiful (now) 13-yr. old god daughter, Amrita. Adelaida and German are her parents. (4 comments)See this image largerMy dear friend Adelaida, who I was with in 1999 when she discovered she was pregnant with Amrita.(5 comments)See this image largerSantiago, my (now) 13-yr. old godson, an Otavalan Indian. 05/06(4 comments)See this image larger2006 Dancing with 6-yr. old goddaughter Amrita at home in Ecuador.(3 comments)See this image largerRobin (GENKIWARRIOR, pal and yoga buddy)and I in white with friends at yoga studio open house 8/11.(5 comments)See this image largerOff we go, now it's Fall Classic 2013...35 miles in picture-perfect weather!(4 comments)See this image largerKaliMa, 2011 Specialized Vita Sport Road Bike, which I bought in March 2011!(4 comments)See this image larger2 mi. walk RT into Taughannock Falls empties into Cayuga Lake, NY's Finger Lakes Region 8/10/10. (9 comments)See this image largerI made it to Ithaca! First one seated on Moosewood's patio 8/10/10. (10 comments)See this image largerKayaking with FRANCESCANAZ in her lovely craft on Lake Champlain! I WANT ONE TOO!!!(8 comments)See this image largerThe Grand Tetons 8/09(7 comments)See this image largerListening to the quiet nudge that guides me, I know I am not far off my path. --SpringChickadee(5 comments)See this image largerYellowstone River 8/09(4 comments)See this image largerHeadstand (sirshasana) with prop.(10 comments)See this image largerThe Warrior (rotated!)(4 comments)See this image largerHalf Moon (2 comments)See this image largerHatha yoga, so important for my health and peace of mind.(8 comments)See this image largerAhhhh...YOGA! (6 comments)See this image largerYoga women! I'm in the front row, white tee. (6 comments)See this image largerAnother dear friend, Dawn, as we create a ritual near Hana, Maui, on Diana's birthday. 05/04(5 comments)See this image largerHangin' out by the Pacific at Kalapana-Kapono Beach Road, Big Island.05/05 (2 comments)See this image larger"Those were the days my friend"...Dawn, Diana, rainbow, and me, Kokee, Kauai, 1987.(5 comments)See this image largerSome of the 26 WW cyber-buddies who met in 07/04 (Picture Lake, Mt. Shuksan, WA). I'm far left. (3 comments)See this image largerDante's View, Death Valley, New Year's 2007(3 comments)See this image larger(6 comments)See this image largerThe inimitable Kitty Rama in all her glory, May 2011, with 10 of my 12 wheels behind her!(4 comments)See this image largerMy philosophy, via a very important person in my life, Joseph Campbell.(3 comments)See this image largerMay all beings awaken to the Light of their true nature.(6 comments)See this image largerMy world has no borders(1 comments)See this image larger

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