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Silence within…

 

 

Lead the mind…

 

 

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By the mind…

 

 

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bring it to silence…

 

 

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In the quiet…

 

 

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state of mind…

 

 

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when all the sound..

 

 

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ripples cease…

 

 

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The job is done…

 

 

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( location: Eravikulam National Park , Kerala, South India )

(Words : Adapted from an article by  Bramachari Chaitanya )

Care about…

On GLOBAL TIGER DAY…

 
No one will protect what they don’t

 
care about ; & no one will care about

 
what they have never experienced.

 
                             ~ ` ~  David Attenborough

 

 

 

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( At Kanha National park, central India )

He & I

When words run dry,

     he does not try,

   nor do I.

 

 We are on par .

He just is.

   I just am

   & we just are.

                          ~ ` ~  Lang Leav

 

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Senses…

I smell with my ears

 

 

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I taste with my eyes

 

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I see with my hands

 

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I touch with my tongue

 

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I hear with my nose

 

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I know 

I am in my senses now.

 

 

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( Poem : Kabir das < location : Kodaikanal, a small hill town near Madurai, Tamil nadu, South India )

 

 

Dive…

If you are 

falling

dive…

 

   ~ ` ~  Joseph Campbell 

 

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Burst forth…

 

There is something fierce &

terrible in me,

eligible to burst forth.

I dare not tell it in

words.

                         ~ ` ~ Walt Whitman

 

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Time…

 

Being with you & not
being with you
is the only way I
have to measure
time.


~ ` ~ Jorge Luis Borges

 

 

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Happiness…

 

On a cloudy day, the clouds hide the sun,

but the sun is always there in

the sky…

Like the sun, happiness is often hidden by

the clouds of thoughts & worries…

 

 

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You have to scatter &dissolve the clouds to

experience it…

 

 

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All you have to do is calm down your mind &

feelings, because when there is a quiet mind

& inner peace, happiness emerges 

from within you…

 

 

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You don’t have to create happiness, because though

you may not believe it, it is a part of your

essence , but is just hidden…

 

 

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happiness is there within you.

just calm your mind & stay relaxed...

 

 

 

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…what you need to do is strive not to allow

your feelings get upset by

your memories...

 

 

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Inner peace & happiness are inter connected.

you want more happiness ?

Learn to calm your mind make 

it less restless…

 

 

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It is an inseparable part of your consciousness,

of your essence, & comes out

where your mind

  is free from disturbing &

constant thinking…

 

 

 

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...when the mind gets quiet you experience the

happiness in you…

 

 

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...the treasure is there , whether you see it

or not. so is happiness.

 

 

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…it is always here , only hidden by

constant thinking

& worries…

 

 

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Do not let worries 

hide

your 

Happiness…

 

 

 

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Location : Samanar Hills ( Jain hills) keelakuilkudi, Near Madurai, Tamil Nadu. India (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samanar_Hills)

Words: adapted from an article by  Remez Sasson

 

Soul’s Freedom…

 

          Witness & stand back 
         from nature,
                 that is the first step to 

                                the soul’s 
                          freedom.

~ ` ~ Sri Aurobindo

 

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Yoga…

What does it take to actually be a

yogi, really?

Not spiritual attainment or Asana performance,

but the beautiful embrace of your

own reality.

                ~ ` ~  Mark Whit well

 

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Freedom…

Life in itself is an empty canvas, it

becomes whatsoever you paint on it.

You can paint misery,

you can paint bliss.

This freedom is your

glory.

               ~ ` ~  Osho

 

 

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You are born with wings

why prefer to crawl through life?

                            ~ ` ~  Rumi

 

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You  must love in a way that

the person you love feels

free.

                ~ ` ~  Thich Nhat Hanh

 

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Freedom is the oxygen

of the soul.

        ~ ` ~  Moshe Dayan

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And then something happened.

I let go. Lost in oblivion.

Dark & silent and complete.

I found freedom.

losing all hope was freedom.

             ~ ` ~  Fight club

 

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I can feel the gentle breeze beneath my

wings.

I can feel the warmth of the sunrise in

my face.

It’s great to be free exploring

the world.

I can be myself, contended & at peace.

                        ~ ` ~  Unknown

 

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Strenght & Dignity

I was surrounded by extraordinary women

in my life who taught me

about quiet strength & dignity.

                                             ~ ` ~ Michelle Obama

 

 

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I heard…

 

One day I stopped, I listened and

              I heard the most beautiful sound

                    …My soul.

                                               ~ ` ~ Zen

 

 

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Soul…

 

 

     Souls recognize each 

other

by vibes…

not by 

appearances…

 

 

 

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Where ever you

stand

be the soul

of the place.

           ~ ` ~  Rumi

 

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Friendship is composed 

of a single soul.

Inhabiting 

two bodies.

        ~ ` ~  Plautus

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The soul

cannot 

live without love.

 

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You are a spirit , you 

have a soul and you

live in a body.

              ~ ` ~ Pedro Okoro

 

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( Picture : Indian Gaur )

I Exist…

 

  I exist as I am, that is enough,


if no other in the world be aware,
I sit content,


and if each and all be aware,


I sit content.


~ ` ~   Walt Whitman

 

 

 

 

 

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Roots…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     May be you are searching

                 among the branches

                for what only appears

                in the roots.

 

                                      ~ ` ~ Rumi

 

 

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  If art is to nourish the roots of our

                        culture, society must set the artist free to

                                            follow his vision wherever it takes him.

                                                                       ~ ` ~  john. F. Kennedy

 

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              Everything you see has its

      roots in the unseen

                 world.

                  The forms may change, yet the essence

                                           remains the same.

                                                                  ~ ` ~ Rumi

 

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                You can have more than

                              one home.

               You can carry your roots with you & decide

                              where they grow.

                       ~ ` ~  Henning Mankell

 

 

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            Each person leaves a legacy — a single,

                    small piece of herself, which makes richer

                          each individual life & the collective life of

                                                     humanity as a whole.

                                   ~ ` ~ Unknown

 

 

 

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     To be rooted is perhaps

               the most important

                  and least recognised need

                  of a human soul.

                                                    ~ ` ~ Simone Weil

 

 

 

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Fade away…?

 

Life, it seems, will fade away

Drifting further every day

Getting lost within myself

Nothing matters, no one else…

 

No one but me can save myself, but it’s too late

Now I can’t think, think why I should even try…

 

    (~ ` ~ Metallica—fade to black)

 

 

 

 

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Unbecoming everything…

 May be

The journey isn’t so much about becoming anything.

Maybe it’s unbecoming everything

that isn’t you

….so that you can

be who you were meant 

to be

in the first place…

                     

                                     ~ ` ~ Unknown

 

 

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A song…

I heard a song, a morning as I walked…
It came on as I passed…a song from far away, about a lost love. At least so I imagined,
I didn’t understand the words,
only the melody.
But in the low notes I could hear the loss one had suffered.. And in the
high notes understood too that it was a song about
something that could never be.
I had not wept in years.
But I did, there and then, on the side of a dusty street,
surrounded by strangers.
The melody stayed with me for years….


   ~ ` ~ (adapted from The memory of love, by Aminatta Forna)

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To Love…

  To love is to suffer.
         to avoid suffering one must not love.
                 But then one suffers from not loving.
               Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer;
                                                                     to suffer is to suffer…
                                              ~ ` ~ Woody Allen

 

 

 

 

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Courage…

  It’s a love 

              affair 

                        with 

                the unknown

                                                       ~ ` ~ Osho

 

 

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Too Busy…

 

                              You should sit in meditation for
                         twenty minutes every
                 day – unless you’re too busy;
                          then you should sit for an hour.
                                                          ~ ` ~  Zen

 

 

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Chief…

 

The torn boughs trailing

O’er the tusks…aslant

The saplings reeling in the path

He trod,

Declares his might- our lord

The Elephant

Chief of the ways of

God…

~ ` ~ Tom Alter

 

 

 

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Faithful…

 

 

I meant what I said,
and I said what I meant.
An elephant is faithful,
one hundred percent.

                                                       ~ ` ~ Dr Seuss

 

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New course…

   

 

We lead our lives like water flowing

              down the hill,
    going more or less in one direction
        until we splash into something
           that forces us to find a
new course
                          ~ ` ~    Arthur Golden
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( At corbett National park, India )

 

Forest…

         

 

 

                        How impossible it is to walk though the forest 

 

                                        without telegraphing

 

                                 your presence…

 

                                                                                  ~ ` ~  Zen

 

 

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Mother…

 

A mother’s love for her child is like

                              nothing else in the world.

                   It knows no law, no pity

                                it dares all things & crushes

                     down remorselessly

                      all that stands in

                                 its path.

                                                                   ~ ` ~  Agatha Christie

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  Being a full time mother

                             is one of the highest salaried jobs

                        in my field,

                    since the payment is

                                 pure love.

 

                                           ~ ` ~  Mildred B Vermont

 

 

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A mum’s hug

                              lasts long after

 

                                              she lets go…

 

 

 

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 A mother is not a person

                    to lean on,

                 But a person to make

                                      leaning unnecessary.

                                       ~ ` ~  Dorothy canfield Fisher

 

 

 

 

 

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Poetry…

                    There are poems

                          inside you

                                that paper can’t

                                                              handle      

  

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              Painting is silent 

                          poetry

                                      &

                        poetry is painting

                          that speaks

                                            ~ ` ~  Nikos KAzantzakis

 

 

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             You have your brush

                  you have your colors, you

                   paint paradise,

             then in you go.

                                                             ~ ` ~  Adrienne Rich 

 

 

 

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Breathe…

 

                 When you Breathe ,

                          It’s because

                         Y O U  

                                 are a

                      T R E E

 

  Happy Earth Day…

 

                Every day is  E A R T H  day

 

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   Set Free…


…I see within your heart
of hearts
where no masks are


A spirit waiting to be set free


as it always meant to be…


` ~ `  Mary Merrell

 

 

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Journey…

 

                            The journey to understand the

                               true nature of reality requires no paper map,

                         no metal compass, and no breadcrumb

                              left by others.

 

                                       The true journey is one that is travelled

                                           with an inner GPS fully activated,

                                  and a mind as open as a parachute

                                  … perfectly capable of landing exactly

                                                                             where you’re meant to be.

 

 

                                                        ` ~ ` Alex Brooks

 

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The Bud…

 

 

 

   And the day came when the risk 


to remain tight in a bud was more


painful than the risk


it took to blossom.


~ ` ~   Anais Nin

 

 

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Stop Looking…

   

 

                   Stop looking for happiness

 
                              in the same place you

 
                                           lost it.
                                                      ~ ` ~ Unknown  

 

 

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Merge…

 Memories of our childhood

                  are like images painted on

                        a wet canvas, they merge

                             until they lose all shape,

                      often remaining only as

                          feelings.

                                                     ~ ` ~  Brian Mynott

 

 

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 Eventually , all things

                        merge into one,

                         and a river runs through it

 

                                            ~ ` ~    Norman Maclean

 

 

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 In greatness,

                   life and death

                                merge.

                                              ~ ` ~   Dejan Stojanovic

 

 

 

 

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Surrender is the

                ultimate technique

                          to merge with

                                   existence

                                                 ~ ` ~ Paramahamsa Nithyananda

 

 

 

 

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  Thought that can merge

                                       wholly into feeling,

                               feeling that can merge

                     wholly into thought-

                            these are the artist’s highest joy

                                                         ~ ` ~   Thomas Mann

  

 

 

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 I merged so completely with

                                              love

                                             and was so fused

                                              that I became

                                        love

                                     and love became

                             me

–                                                  ~ ` ~   Rumi

 

 

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A Seeker…

 

 

I was a terrible believer in things, but I was also a terrible non- believer.

in things.

I was as searching as I was sceptical.

I didn’t know where to put my faith, or if there was such a place,

or even precisely what the faith meant ,

 in all its complexity.

Everything seemed to be possibly potent and possibly fake.

 

” YOU ARE A SEEKER ” …..My mother said…

                                                               ~ ` ~   Cheryl Strayed  

 

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To be Found

 

 

 

 You sometimes think


you want to
disappear, but all
you really want
is to be
found
~ ` ~ Yakkida
 

 

 

 

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Cling to…

 

How we need another  S O U L 

 

                                                                to cling to.

                                                         ~ ` ~ Sylvia Plath

 

 

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                                                                       You can only L O V E 

                                                                       What you cling to.

                                                                                  ~ ` ~   Buddha

 

 

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                                                                                            what did my arms

                                                                                do before they held

                                                                                                  Y O U .

                                                                                                         ~ ` ~ Sylvia Plath

 

 

 

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The Moment…

 

The moment in between what you once were,

                      and who you are becoming

                          is where the

                                dance of life

                                       really begins.

                                                                                    ~ ` ~   Barbara Deangelis

 

 

 

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Gold…

 

 

 

 

 “If gold has been prized because it is the most inert element,

                  changeless and incorruptible, water is prized for the

 

                  opposite reason — its fluidity, mobility, changeability that make it a necessity and a metaphor for life itself.

                                       To value gold over water is to

                         value economy over ecology, that which

                               can be locked up over that which connects all things.”
   
                                                                                              ~ ` ~     Rebecca Solnit

 

 

 

 

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Honk Honk…!!

 

                     H O N K    H O N K   H O N K….

                                  Make some   N O I S E   for the

 

                                   R H I N o S    !!!

 

                                 O N

 

                                                     World   Rhino    Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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( Indian one horned Rhino….Kaziranga national park…India )

Stillness Speaks…

 

Be still

            stillness reveals

            the secret of

                eternity…

 

                      ` ~ `  Lao Tzu 

 

 

 

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           That the mind 

            is in

                      abysmal stillness…

 

                                        ` ~ `   Lao Tzu  

 

 

 

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            Nothing in all

                creation is 

                so like god

                   as

                   Stillness.

` ~ `  Meister Eckhart

 

 

 

 

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               Learning how to 

                  be still,

                to really be still

                  and let life happen–

                   that stillness becomes a

                      radiance…

 

                                         ` ~ `   Morgan Freeman

 

 

 

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                   Even when in the midst 

                   of disturbance,

                      stillness of the mind can 

                        offer

                    sanctuary..

 

                                      ` ~ `   Stephen Richards

 

 

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                In the stillness of headstones ,

                Darkness in my blanket.

               And forever in my song..

                   In the arms if stare angles,

                   I ‘m not afraid.

                  Because finally and

                  completely,

                       I belong

                                         ` ~ `  Jordan Dane 

 

 

 

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Please also take a look at my other post..https://sriramjanak.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/speaking-rocks/

( location : Aritappati village…near Madurai. Tamil Nadu,

INDIA )

 

Grey Visage…

 

 

             

 

                      “ There is mystery behind that masked grey visage,

 

                               and ancient life force, delicate and mighty,

                                                         awesome and enchanted,

                                commanding the silence ordinarily reserved for mountain peaks,

                                              great fires, and the sea.”

 
                                                                                                      ` ~ `      Peter Matthiessen,

 

 

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/SriramJanak?ref=bookmarks

Alive…

It is beautiful to be

sensitive…

And if you are more

sensitive…

You will be more 

Alive…

 

 

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If you are more Alive,

then more life will

Enter your inner being.

You will be more

Open…

 

 

 

 

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You can eat things with out

tasting; it is not difficult…

But…it is beautiful to taste….

become the taste of the food…

 

 

 

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We are feeling vacant, empty and

we keep saying life is….empty

 

We are not filling it…

Be more alive, and you will be more Divine.

Be totally alive,

and there is no death for you…

 

 

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(  Words : OSHO )

One Minute…

 

 

 

                             

 

                         

                            It is difficult to live in the present,
                                      ridiculous to live in the future

,
                                                               and impossible to live in the past.
                                                 Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.

 
                                                                                                       ~ ` ~ Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

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Black & white…

                                        

               “Color is everything,

                                          black and white is more.    

      

                                                                    ~`~ Dorninie Rouse

 

 

 

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                  “To see in color is a delight for the eye    

                          but to see in black and white is a      

                              delight for the soul.” 

~`~ Andri Cauldwell

 

 

 

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                    “I’ve been forty years discovering that    

 

                                              the queen of all colors is black.” 

 

                                                                                                     ~`~ Henri Mattise

 

 

 

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                 “One very important difference between color and monochromatic photography is this:  

                  in black and white you suggest;    

                               in color you state  .     

                             Much can be implied by suggestion, but statement demands certainty…          

                       absolute certainty.”                                 

                                          ~`~ Paul Outerbridge

 

 

 

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               “Black and white are the colors of photography.

 

                 To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to

 

                        which mankind is forever subjected.”                                               

                                                                               ~`~  Robert Frank

 

 

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The world is in color

                       you have to work at B& W

                                                        ~`~  Andrew Maclean

 

 

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              Black and white are the colors of photography.

 

                                To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair

 

                                                        to which mankind is forever subjected.

                                                                                                                ~`~ Unknown

 

 

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                                               Black & white (photography) frees up the photographer to see the 
                                           World & recreate it in a fresh way, shifting the image from
                                                 “How it looked to” how it felt.”

                                                                                       ~`~ Gregory Heisler

 

 

 

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                      Life is like a good B&W photograph,

 

                                              there ‘s black , there’s white &

                                                                                 lots of shades in between

 

                                                                                                        ~`~ Karl Heiner

 

 

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Shadow & Soul…

 

 

 

 

 

                           “I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, 

                                      in secret, between the shadow and the soul.”

                                                                                                            ~`~ Pablo Neruda

 

 

 

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A Hug…

         

 

           Hugging is the ideal gift.

               Great for any occasion, fun to give and receive,

                    shows you care, comes with its own wrapping and,

                    of course, is fully returnable. Hugging is practically perfect.

                       No batteries to wear out, inflation-proof, nonfattening,

                        no monthly payments, theft-proof and nontaxable.”

 

                                                                         ~~ Unknown

 

 

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                       “Hugs are a means of transferring energy to

                         another person who is dear to you.

                    This will replenish depleted energy

                         at any time particularly when a dear person is sick.”
                                                                                     ~~ Unknown

 

 

 

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                          “Hugs are to pull two

                               people closer together

                          but why is it that you can never see the other

                             person’s expression when it happens?”

                                                                ~~ Unknown

 

 

 

 

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                                           My favorite place to

                                                                     be is inside of your

 

                                                                         hugs where it’s warm and loving.”

 

 

                                                                                                                ~~  unknown

 

 

 

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                                        “As long as you hold me,

                                                         I am safe from all harm.”

 

                                                                                                      ~~ Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

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                                             “Hugs are great,
                                        but when they are from the
                                  people you care most about,
                          it makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside!”
                                           ~~ unknown
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                              “Sometimes it’s better to put
                                love into hugs than to
                                          put it into words.”
                                                                        ~~ Unknown
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Be Soft…

                                                 Be soft; don’t let the world make you hard.
                                                                              Do not let pain make you hate.
                                              Do not let bitterness steal your sweetness.
                                                                       Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree,
                                                You still believe it to be a

 

 
                                              B E A U T I F U L …place

                                                                                       ~~ Anonymous

 

 

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A Tree…

          A tree says: My strength is trust.

                 I know nothing about my fathers,

               I know nothing about the thousand children that

              every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed 

          t o the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me.

                             I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.

 

~~ Hermann Hesse

 

 

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                I never saw a discontented tree. 

                       They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though

                    fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.

                                    They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind,

                               going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day

                                    and through space heaven knows how fast and far!

                                                             ~ ~   John Muir

 

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                Consider the trees which allow the birds to perch and fly

                        away without either inviting them to stay

                          or desiring them never to depart.

                                          If your heart can be like this,

                                                   you will be near to the way..

                                                                            ~~ Zen saying

 

 

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                 “Love the trees until their leaves fall off,

                                            then encourage them to try again next year.”

                                                                                             ~~ Chad Sugg

 

 

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(  A  Ficus mollis  tree )

 

Fight…

                                     Be selective in your battles.

 

 

                                         Sometimes peace is better than being right.

 

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   “Choose your battles wisely.

                        After all, life isn’t measured by how many times you stood up to fight.

                  It’s not winning battles that makes you happy, but it’s how many times you turned away and chose to look into a better direction.

                        Life is too short to spend it on warring. Fight only the most, most, most important ones, let the rest go.” 
                                   

 

                                                        C.JoyBell C

 

 

 

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