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ZeN mOdE ūüďŅūüďŅ LoCk dOwN diaries–1

 

 

Deep in

 

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their 

 

 

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roots all

 

 

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flowers

 

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keep the

 

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light…

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( words ~ ` ~¬† Theodore Roethke,¬† Flower:Crepe myrtle¬†ūüíúūüíú)


The Muse…

 

One must give himself completely

 
To his art and not hold back.

 
Throw caution to the

 
Wind.

 
Embrace the muse.

 


‚ÄĘ~‚Äʬ† ¬† Harley King

 

 

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Apply Within…

 

 

You once told me

 
You wanted to find

 
Yourself in the world –

 

 

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And I told you to

 
First apply within,

 
To discover the world

 
within you.

 

 

 

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You once told me

 
You wanted to save

 
The world from all its wars –

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And I told you to

 
First save yourself

 
From the world,

 
And all the wars

 

 
Through.

 

 

 

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( words : APPLY WITHIN by Suzy Kassem‚ÄĚ )


Journey…

 

 

Maybe the journey isn’t¬†so much about¬†becoming anything.¬†Maybe¬†it’s

about un-becoming everything¬†that¬†isn’t¬†

really you, so you can be who you were

meant to be in the

first place.

~ ` ~ Paulo  Coelho 

 

 

 

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The songs of trees…

We are all 

 

Trees…

 

 

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The Green

¬† smoke…

 

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Listen to 

it’s songs

…your own soul…

 

 

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All our wisdom

is stored 

in the Trees…

   ~`~ Santosh Kalwar

 

 

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..Universe in

ecstatic 

motion…

   ~`~ Rumi

 

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Our most intimate

contact with

Nature…

    ~`~  George Nakashima

 

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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.‚ÄĚ


~ ` ~  Peter Matthiessen

 

 

 

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Wise man…2

 

A wise man once said

Nothing…

                     ~ ` ~ zen saying

 

 

 

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Older wisdom…

 

Since we are the youngest children of creation,
our accumulated wisdom is young, too, and so I 
search outside of the tiny and fragile box of 
humankind’s insight and understanding for the
older wisdom, the more ancient and enduring
healing.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†…I have documented the rich insights and mercies
brought to my life by my animal kin…I write about


the empowerment of meaningful and healing
relationships.
Many of mine are with animals and nature.


                                        ~ ` ~ Susan Chernak Mcelroy

 

 

 

 

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Breathe in…

 

 

Breathe in with the deep awareness that you are a 

human being.

Then breathe out and touch the earth,

a non-man element, as your mother.

Visualize the streams of water beneath the Earth’s

surface.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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See the minerals .See our Mother Earth, the Mother of

us all.

Then bring your arms up and breathe in again, touching the

trees, flowers, fruits, birds, squirrels, air and sky– the

non-elements.

 

 

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When your head is touching the air, the sun, the moon,

the galaxies, the cosmos–non-man elements that have

come together in order to make man possible–you see

that all of the elements are coming into you to make your

being possible.

 

 

 

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Breathing in again, stretch your arms and be aware that you also penetrate other 

elements.

 

 

 

 

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Man helps make the other elements possible.

 

( Words : Thich Nhat Hanh  )

 


Wildness…

 

 

The journey is into the wildness of your greater life.
The wilderness is your soul.
To merge with your destiny, you must locate,
liberate and live what is truly wild.
The soul is here to live its joy.


The uninitiated ego is here to keep things familiar,
safe and predictable.


Which path will you choose?

 

                                  ~ ` ~ Bill Plotkin

 

 

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Things we love…

” We lose ourselves in the¬†

things we love…

 

We find ourselves there

Too…”

 

 

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Who Am I …?

I am That  I am..

I am that which I have created myself to be.

                             ~ ` ~ The Gita

 

 

 

 

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I am the answer you were not

expecting…

 

 

 

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I exist 

As I am.

That is enough.

             ~ ` ~ Walt Whitman

 

 

 

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Knowing yourself is the beginning of

all

wisdom.

       ~ ` ~ Aristotle

 

 

 

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Many have an Image of me.

Few get the

picture…

 

 

 

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I regret opening up to 

some people.

They didn’t deserve to¬†

know me like that.

    ~ ` ~ Gold-Kushkloudz

 

 

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Wondering on 

myself,

by myself,

for myself…

 

 

 

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I am a thinker

Not a talker…

 

 

 

 

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I have travelled 

through madness

to 

find me…

 

 

 

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Don’t ask¬†

anyone 

but me,

about me…

 

 

 

 

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I am shy at first but…

I do the stupidest random

things when I 

get comfortable

with someone…

 

 

 

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I 

hate being

Shy…

 

 

 

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Never have I dealt with 

anything more

difficult than my

own soul…

 

 

 

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You don’t know me…

I put back my pieces,

differently.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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( words: Internet )


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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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

a 

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 )


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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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…

 

 

     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 )


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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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 )

 


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 )


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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Mind seeing…

       

 

¬† I shut my eyes in order to see…

                    The poet, the painter, or the photographer who is locked into only the visual phenomena

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†may miss the heart of what was actually being experienced…

 

 

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¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†many doors…

 

 

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                   Do not go where the path may lead,

                              go instead where there is no path and leave a trail

 

                                                                    ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

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                  Enjoy the mystery .

                        All the good stuff is hidden in the dark corners.

 

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† It‚Äôs what gives life a sense of vitality…

 

 

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                The brush paints by itself,

                     the dance dances itself,

                             the poem writes itself.

                              There is no longer a gap between artist, subject,

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† audience, and life…

 

 

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              Just see, just hear, just taste,

                just touch, just smell,

                just see a thought without the need to give it a name or identity.

                      This way of perceiving will then begin to translate

 

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†into the way you express yourself through your art…

 

 

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   Only that day dawns to which we are awake

 

                                     ~`Henry David Thoreau

 

 

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              Develop the ability to experience things directly, without evaluation.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†You will be able to see, hear fell taste, smell…

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† As your attentiveness and awareness increase with practice….

                              you will begin to notice little things that you have been seeing everyday

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†but barely noticed in passing…

 

 

 

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  Only that day dawns

                          to which we are awake

 

                                     ~`Henry David Thoreau

 

 

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Each one of us is n artist

¬†¬† Whether we realize it or not…

 

 

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              When you learn to trust yourself implicitly,

                    you no longer need to prove something

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† through your art…

 

 

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  If the energy is really flowing freely,

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†the brush paints by itself. the camera¬†pictographs,…

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† .the sculpture forms…the words write…¬†

 

 

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¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† To be nothing…to want nothing…

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†to do nothing…

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† it has to be experienced…

 

 

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( Words: zen arts, Minor white, Ryoken, Zen creativity…)

 

¬† ¬† Wishing you all a blessed and peaceful new year…:-)¬†

 

 


Muddy…

check your mind

Be on your guard

Pull yourself out

as an Elephant from mud…

                   ~~ Buddha

 

 

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If the mud ain’t flying

You ain’t trying…

 

 

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Go through the mud

They said

It isn’t deep

they said…

 

 

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Dontcha 

wish your daddy

could mud 

like mine ??

 

 

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The world is 

Mud luscious

&

puddle wonderful…

 

 

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If you pray

for rain

be prepared for 

some mud…

 

 

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make mud

not war…

 

 

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(words: internet posters…)