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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 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 )


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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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 )


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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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 )


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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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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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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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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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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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 )


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 )

 


Being loved…

                                       

                                                   

                                                                “Valentines day- a day to celebrate


                                                                                       loving and being loved “

 

                                                                                                                        ~ ~ Jane Goodall 

 

 

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Wildness…

 

 

I don’t like formal gardens.

I like wild nature.

It’s just the wildness instinct in me,

I Guess.

~~ Walt Disney

 

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