From ThichNhatHanhgems

There may be times when you feel that you are worthless. But you are nothing less than a miracle. The fact that you are here — alive and capable of breathing in and out — is ample proof that you are a miracle. One string bean contains the whole cosmos in it: sunshine, rain, the whole Earth, time, space, and consciousness. You also contain the whole cosmos.

Why should I smile when there is no joy in me? The answer to that is: Smiling is a practice. There are over three hundred muscles in your face. When you are angry…


George Benjamin Luks

“The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.”

— Frank Lloyd Wright

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“A true vocation requires shedding anything that would impede or obscure the call. A true pilgrimage requires letting go of the very things most people try to hold onto. In seeking after what the soul desires we become pilgrims with no home but the path the soul would have us follow. As…


Christian Schloe

You are part of the universe; you are made of stars. When you look at your loved one, you see that he is also made of stars and carries eternity inside. Looking in this way, we naturally feel reverence. True love cannot be without trust and respect for oneself and for the other person.

But there is no such thing as an individual separate self. A flower is made only of non-flower elements, such as chlorophyll, sunlight, and water. If we were to remove all the non-flower elements from the flower, there would be no flower left. A flower cannot…


Christian Schloe

“We live in a world of theophanies. Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb. Life wants to lead you from crumbs to angels, but this can happen only if you are willing to unwrap the ordinary by staying with it long enough to harvest its treasure.”

— Macrina Wiederkehr

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“I feel it is the heart, not the eye, that should determine the content of the photograph. What the eye sees is its own. …


Els Vosse

“We are either going to have a future where women lead the way to make peace with the Earth or we are not going to have a human future at all.”

— Vandana Shiva

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“…and the evening was so beautiful, that it made a pain in my heart, as when you cannot tell whether you are happy or sad; and I thought that if I could have a wish, it would be that nothing would ever change, and we would stay that way forever.”

— Margaret Atwood — Alias Grace

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“We have all hurt someone tremendously, whether by…


Marc Aurele Fortin

“My people see land ownership as being totally different to the English. We lived on the land as people of the land. To us it was a natural way of being, being part of all that there is. You didn’t see anything as different from you. If you’re alive, you connect to everything else that’s alive. You can never feel lonely in that situation. All around you are family members from the ground up; the trees around you, the clouds, birds flying by, the animals and reptiles. That’s the beauty of oneness, it doesn’t push anyone out, but it brings…


Olga Suvorova

This is now the time the great reveal has come upon us and what was all hidden will now be found. For the great awakening of souls had to happen first so we could look upon all life as sacred, now we no longer have loyalty to just a skin color, creed or nationality but we have loyalty to the spirit within all life and Mother Earth. For as more things will be revealed to us about injustices, inequality and atrocities it will not matter who committed them, but we will want justice for the victims. This great awakening of…


Christian Schloe

Just as monks take vows of poverty and chastity, you can take vows of beauty, service, loving care….

— THOMAS MOORE

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Joy is not like fun.

True joy will arise spontaneously when obstacles are removed, releasing the imprisoned life force energies of mind and body.

Fun is simply a manufactured commodity that shakes us until we feel giddy; making a hollow promise to release us into the freedom of joy that we innately crave.

~ Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~

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“The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar…


From Gwyllm Llwydd

We could name each individual raindrop and then mourn its loss when it reaches the sea, but we understand that the water was neither lost nor diminished by rejoining the vastness from which it came.

— Crypto Naturalist

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Joy is not like fun.

True joy will arise spontaneously when obstacles are removed, releasing the imprisoned life force energies of mind and body.

Fun is simply a manufactured commodity that shakes us until we feel giddy; making a hollow promise to release us into the freedom of joy that we innately crave.

~ Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~

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I have…


Pedro Ruiz

Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder.

― Rumi

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A meditative mind is silent. It is not the silence which thought can conceive of; it is not the silence of a still evening; it is the silence when thought — with all its images, its words and perceptions — has entirely ceased. This meditative mind is the religious mind — the religion that is not touched by the church, the temples, or by chants.

The religious mind is the explosion of love. It is this love that knows no separation. To it, far is near. It is…

David Price

I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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