Archives for category: Freedom

November 24, 2014 sunset 007


Water does not resist.

Water flows.

When you plunge your hand into it,

all you feel is a caress.

Water is not a solid wall,

it will not stop you.

But water always goes

where it wants to go,

and nothing in the end

can stand against it.

Water is patient.

Dripping water wears away a stone.

Remember that, my child.

Remember you are half water.

If you can’t go through an obstacle,

go around it.

Water does.


Margaret Atwood


Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

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Letting go gives us freedom,

and freedom is the only condition for happiness.

If, in our heart, we still cling to anything –

anger, anxiety, or possessions –

we cannot be free.
Thích Nhất Hạnh

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

In Rememberance for Tich Nhat Hanh,

who continues to recover in hospital.

November 11, 1926-

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In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty…

in the wisdom of uncertainty

lies the freedom from our past,

from the known,

which is the prison of past conditioning.

And in our willingness to step into the unknown,

the field of all possibilities,

we surrender ourselves

to the creative mind

that orchestrates the dance of the universe.


Deepak Chopra

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

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Never say, “I cannot;”

For you are infinite.

Even time and space

are as nothing compared

with your nature.

You can do anything

and everything.

Swami Vivekananda

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2013

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When you can be calm

in the midst of activity,

this is the true state of nature…

When you can be happy

in the midst of hardship,

then you see the true potential of the mind.

Huachu Daoren

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2013

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We don’t set out
to save the world;
we set out to wonder
how other people are doing
and to reflect
on how our actions
affect other people’s hearts.

Pema Chodron

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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

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2013

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The Formless Way
We look at it, and do not see it; it is invisible.
We listen to it, and do not hear it; it is inaudible.
We touch it, and do not feel it; it is intangible.
These three elude our inquiries, and hence merge into one.

Not by its rising, is it bright,
nor by its sinking, is it dark.
Infinite and eternal, it cannot be defined.
It returns to nothingness.
This is the form of the formless, being in non-being.
It is nebulous and elusive.

Meet it, and you do not see its beginning.
Follow it, and you do not see its end.
Stay with the ancient Way
in order to master what is present.
Knowing the primeval beginning is the essence of the Way.

Lao Tzu

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Wherever you are,
and whatever you do,
be in love.

Jalal ad-Din Rumi

Let yourself be silently drawn

by the stronger pull of what you really love.

Jalal ad-Din Rumi

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2013

The Unmoved Mover Moving

If only it were possible to grow wings
and soar into the air-
poised between heaven and Earth,
you would see the solid ground,
and flowing rivers, the wandering air,
the penetrating fire, the circling stars,
and the encompassing heavens.

What joy to see all this,
borne along by the one impulse-
to perceive the unmoved mover
moving in all that moves.
He who is hidden,
manifest through all his works.

Hermes Tresmegistus, Thoth
From, The Hermetica
translated by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy

Photo by Ariel