Archives for category: Evolution

December 3, 2014 CW wreathes 031

 

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Excellence is the result

of Caring more than others think is Wise,

Risking more than others think is Safe,

Dreaming more than others think is Practical,

and Expecting more than others think is Possible.

 

Ronnie Oldham

 

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November 28, 2014 thanksgiving 118

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Patience does not mean

to passively endure.

It means to be farsighted enough

to trust the end result of a process.

What does patience mean?

It means to look at the thorn

and see the rose,

to look at the night

and see the dawn.

Impatience means

to be so shortsighted

as to not be able to see the outcome.

The lovers of God

never run out of patience,

for they know that time is needed

for the crescent moon to become full.

Elif Shafak

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November 18, 2014 moss 003

Faith dispels doubt and hesitation,

it liberates you from suffering

and delivers you

to the city of peace and happiness.

 

H. H. Tenzin Gyatso

 

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November 12, 2014 golden day 200

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The world, as we have created it,

is a process of our thinking.

It cannot be changed

without changing our thinking.

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Albert Einstein

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November 15, 2014 garden 009

 

Those who make compassion

an essential part of their lives

find the joy of life.

Kindness deepens the spirit

and produces rewards

that cannot be completely explained in words.

It is an experience more powerful than words.

To become acquainted with kindness

one must be prepared to learn new things

and feel new feelings.

Kindness is more

than a philosophy of the mind.

It is a philosophy of the spirit.

 

Robert J. Furey

 

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The lotus is the most beautiful flower,

whose petals open one by one.

But it will only grow in the mud.

In order to grow and gain wisdom,

first you must have the mud —

– the obstacles of life and its suffering. …

The mud speaks of the common ground

that humans share, no matter what

our stations in life. …

Whether we have it all

or we have nothing,

we are all faced with the same obstacles:

sadness, loss, illness, dying and death.

 

If we are to strive as human beings

to gain more wisdom,

more kindness and more compassion,

we must have the intention

to grow as a lotus

and open each petal one by one.

 
Goldie Hawn

 

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September 5, 2014 phragmites 044

Move,

and the Way will open

Zen Proverb

 

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August 9, 2014 hummingbird moth 060
When you examine the lives
of the most influential people
who have ever walked among us,
you discover one thread
that winds through them all.
They have been aligned first
with their spiritual nature
and only then
with their physical selves.
Albert Einstein
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July 24, 2014 hummingbird 023

 

Man often becomes

what he believes himself to be.

If I keep on saying to myself

that I cannot do a certain thing,

it is possible

that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it.

On the contrary,

if I have the belief that I can do it,

I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it

even if I may not have it

at the beginning.

 

Mahatma Gandhi

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july 25, 2014 beach 024

 

Life means giving and taking:

exchange, transformation.

It is breathing in and breathing out.

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It is not the taking possession of anything,

but a taking part in everything

that comes in touch with us.

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It is neither a state of possession

nor of being possessed,

neither a clinging to the objects of our experience

nor a state of indifference,

but the middle way,

the way of transformation.

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We are transformed by what we accept.

We transform what we have accepted

by assimilating it.

We are transformed by the act of giving,

and we contribute to

the transformation of others

by what we are giving.

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He who opposes this process of transformation

will die the slow death of rigidity …

 

Lama Anagarika Govinda

 

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