Archives for the month of: November, 2013

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People are like stained-glass windows. 

They sparkle and shine

when the sun is out,

but when the darkness sets in,

their true beauty is revealed

only if there is light from within.



Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Photo by Woodland Gnome

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The moment

one gives close attention

to anything,

even a blade of grass,

it becomes a mysterious,

awesome, indescribably

magnificent world in itself.

Henry Miller

Photo By Woodland Gnome 2013

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May the sun
bring you new energy by day.

May the moon
softly restore you by night.

May the rain
wash away your worries.

May the breeze
blow new strength into your being.

May you walk
gently through the world and know
its beauty all the days of your life.

An  Apache Prayer

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2013

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As each day comes to us refreshed and anew,

so does my gratitude renew itself daily.

The breaking of the sun

over the horizon

is my grateful heart

dawning upon a blessed world.

Terri Guillemets

Photo By Woodland Gnome


“Give thanks for unknown blessings
already on their way.”

A  Native American saying

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Honor the sacred.
Honor the Earth, our Mother.
Honor the Elders.
Honor all with whom we
share the Earth:
Four-leggeds, two-leggeds,
winged ones,
Swimmers, crawlers,
plant and rock people.
Walk in balance and beauty.

A Native American Elder

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2013

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We live in illusion

and the appearance of things.

There is a reality.

We are that reality.

When you understand this,

you see that you are nothing,

and being nothing,

you are everything.

That is all.

Kalu Rinpoch

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Mindfulness is the aware, balanced

acceptance of the present experience.

It isn’t more complicated that that.

It is opening to, or receiving, the present moment,

pleasant or unpleasant,

just as it is,

without either clinging to it or rejecting it.

Sylvia Boorstein

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2013

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The hush comes

with the deepening of Autumn;

but it comes gradually.

Our ears are attuned to it,

day by quieter day.

But even now,

if one awakens

in the deep darkness of the small hours,

one can hear it,

a foretaste of Winter silence.

It’s a little painful now,

and a little lonely

because it is so strange.

Hal Borland

Photo by Woodland Gnome

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We receive this food in gratitude to all beings
Who have helped to bring it to our table,
And vow to respond in turn to those in need
With wisdom and compassion.

– Buddhist Blessing

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