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Heart seeks…

 

 

From the clamor of crowds I flee,
my heart seeks

 
The kind of silence that would

 
mesmerize speech itself.

 

 

                              ~ ` ~ An Urdu poem 

 

 

 

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To heal…

 

Connect with nature..”silence the mind”

&the soul will know what to do 

to heal itself…

 

The soul always knows what to do 

to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.

                       ~ ` ~ Caroline myss

 

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Healing doesn’t mean the damage never

existed.

It means the damage no longer controls

our lives.

                   ~ ` ~ Akshay Dubey

 

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Healing yourself is connected

with healing

others.

                 ~ ` ~ Yoko Ono

 

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Anything covered up

won’t get

healed…

 

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It has been said “time heals “all wounds.

I do not agree.The wounds remain.

In time , the mind , protecting the sanity , covers

them with scar tissue &  the pain lessens.

but it is never gone.

           ~ ` ~ Rose Kennedy

 

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As soon as healing takes place. 

go out & heal somebody else.

                     ~ ` ~ Maya Angelou

 

 

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Mourning is love with

no place to go…

 

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We do not heal the past by dwelling

there; we heal the past by living fully

in the present.

                                  ~ ` ~ Marianne Williamson

 

 

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some days the memories still

knock the wind out of 

me…

 

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Not all scars show

not all wounds heal

sometimes you can’t

always see the pain’

someone else feels…

 

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Your own healing is a powerful

contribution to the healing of

everyone…

 

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When you can tell your story &

it doesn’t make you cry, you

know you have healed…

 

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They say time heals all wounds , but 

that presumes the source of the 

grief is finite.

                             ~ ` ~ Cassandra Clare

 

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Sometimes your heart needs

more time to accept what

your mind already knows…

 

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Soul tinged…

 

 

Music is a journey.

   Jazz is getting lost.

     

                     ~ ` ~ john O’ Farrell

 

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Jazz is 

  Freedom…

                    ~ ` ~ Thelonious Mark

 

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Don’t play the saxophone..

  Let it play you..

                ~ ` ~   Charlie Parker

 

 

 

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If you ain’t got it

in you

you can’t blow

it out.

           ~ ` ~ Louis Armstrong

 

 

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To jazz ,

or

not to jazz,

there is no

question.

              ~ ` ~ Louis Armstrong

 

 

 

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Seemed to me drumming was

the best way to get

close to 

god.

                       ~ ` ~ Lionel Hampton

 

 

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keep calm…

Jazz dance on…

 

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jazz is something that you

have to feel

It’s something that you have

to live.

     ~ ` ~ Ray Brown

 

 

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Life is about

rhythm.

We vibrate, 

our hearts are pumping

blood,

we are a rhythm machine.

That’s what 

we are.

                       ~ ` ~ Mikey Hart

 

 

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The memory of things gone 

is important 

to a jazz

musician.

        ~ ` ~ Louis Armstrong

 

 

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If you ask

what jazz is 

you’ll

never know.

              ~ ` ~ Louis Armstrong

 

 

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My whole life, my whole soul,

my whole spirit

is to blow

that horn…

              ~ ` ~ Louis Armstrong

 

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What we play

is 

life.

              ~ ` ~ Louis Armstrong

( Location d.b.a Bar, Frenchmen street,New Orleans )


Soul menders…

 

The way of these gentle giants..

&

how they heal us are

mysterious…

 

 

 

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They are some of the most 

accomplished

&

accessible

 

 

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healers we may

ever

meet…

 

 

 

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there is power that resides

in the heart of

species…

 

 

 

 

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that..is 

exponentially

higher than ..the power of any 

individual…

 

 

 

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The desire to know your

soul

will end all 

other desires.

                   ~ ` ~ Rumi

 

 

 

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My soul is my

guide.

                     ~ ` ~ Rumi

 

 

 

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( words adapted from; “Animals as healers “.. pictures taken at Kaziranga national park,India )


A Soul’s journey…

 

Art is the journey of

a

free soul.

                   ~ ` ~ Alev Oguz

 

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take your journey

change your body

find your

soul

 

 

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U don’t have a soul

you are a soul

You have a body

          ~ ` ~  C.S Lewis

 

 

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Quiet the mind

&

the soul will 

speak

       ~ ` ~ Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

 

 

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In a world where

everyone wears a 

mask,

It’s a privilege to see

a soul.

                       ~ ` ~ Anon 

 

 

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You have a 

 

soul…

(more…)


Born Fisherman…

 

 

You were born to be a fisherman as the 

fish was born to be a 

fish…

 

 

 

 

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You loved him when 

he was

alive…

 

 

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and you loved him

after…

 

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Fishing kills me exactly 

as it keeps me

alive…

 

 

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( words: Ernest Hemingway ~ ` ~ The old man & the sea )


Seeking you…

 

What you 

 

see

 

is seeking

 

YOU.

~ ` ~   Rumi

 

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Artist…

 

The deep layers

 
of art contains

 
the soul of the

 
artist
                             ~ ` ~ Vladimir Kandelaki

 

 

 

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Pieces of me…

 

 

I like the way

that feels…

 

 

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It’s as if you know

me better…

 

 

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Than I ever know 

myself…

 

 

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I love how you can 

tell…

 

 

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All the pieces, pieces, pieces

of me…

 

 

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( words; Ashlee Simpson )


True path…

 

 

Truth is one

&

the true path is one.

 

 

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It does not belong to

anybody.

Its nobody’s

property.

 

 

 

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it is only one!

there are not many paths really.

Many people walk on the 

path,

but the path is one.

 

 

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And it is so vast

they may not meet

each

other

 

 

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( words: Osho’s teachings )


Ecstasy…

 

There is no greater 

Ecstasy

than to know who you

are

~ ` ~ osho

 

 

 

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Art…

 

Art is both love and friendship and

 understanding:

the desire to give.

 

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It is not charity, which is the giving

of things.

 

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It is more than kindness, which is

the giving of self.

 

 

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It is both taking and giving of beauty, the turning

out to the light of the inner folds of the awareness

of the spirit.

 

 

 

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It is the recreation on another plane of

 the realities of the world;

 

 

 

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The tragic and wonderful realities of earth

and men…

 

 

 

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and all the interrelations

of these.

 

 

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(words: Ansel Adams)


Wise man…

 

 A wise man

 

                         Once said 

 

                                                      Nothing…

 

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Heart Wanders…

 

 

 Clouds heap upon clouds & it
         darkens…
        I keep gazing on the far away gloom
                                of the sky, & my

heart wanders wailing with the
restless mind.

                              ~ ` ~ Rabindranath Tagore (Gitanjali)

 

 

 

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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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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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