Awareness Quotes

We are the children of our landscape; it dictates behaviour and even thought in the measure to which we are responsive to it

Saturday, November 21st, 2009
curving staircase

“What do you believe? You never say anything. At the most you sometimes laugh.” I did not know how to reply, for all ideas seem equally good to me; the fact of their existence proves that someone is creating. Does it matter whether…

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The universe is wider than our views of it.

Monday, October 19th, 2009
geese

The wild goose is more of a cosmopolite than we; he breaks his fast in Canada, takes a luncheon in the Ohio, and plumes himself for the night in a southern bayou. Even the bison to some extent keeps pace with the seasons, cropping…

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Few people realise the immensity of vacancy in which the dust of the material universe swims

Monday, September 21st, 2009
War of The Worlds

Looking through the telescope, one saw a circle of deep blue and the little round planet swimming in the field. It seemed such a little thing, so bright and small and still, faintly marked with transverse stripes, and slightly flattened

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It is not the word, but the capacity to experience the sensation that counts in his education

Monday, August 24th, 2009
child touching puddle

You label it sour, and he adopts your symbol. If you had called these sensations respectively black and white, he would have adopted them as readily; but he would mean by black and white the same things that he means by sweet and sour. In the same way the child learns from many experiences to differentiate his feelings, and we name…

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A bumblebee doesn’t bother about big noises.

Friday, July 24th, 2009
bee and blossom

Once there was a sleepy bunny who began to yawn…

He yawned and he yawned until suddenly a bee flew into his mouth and he swallowed the bee!

“What shall I do?” he whispered to a squirrel who wasn’t …

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Her spirit had nothing to do. It became restless, so she gave it work to do, too.

Saturday, July 18th, 2009
shallow water

Nhamo could recognize the footprints of everyone in the village.

Nhamo didn’t know why she had learned this. It was simply a way to calm her spirit. Her body worked all day planting…

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Darkness is your candle. Your boundaries are your quest.

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
candle

No matter how fast you run,
your shadow more than keeps up.
Sometimes, it’s in front!

Only full, overhead sun
diminishes your shadow.

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Anything can be a lodestar in a person’s life

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
lemon tart

Often the real influence of a lodestar is half understood, or partly unsuspected, but with a little reflection it grows clear to me that kitchens have always played a mysterious part in my shaping…

It is fortunate to recognize lodestars as such. They light…

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Human nature is essentially compassionate, gentle

Friday, April 3rd, 2009
peaceful lake

“If our essential nature is kind and compassionate,” I asked, “I’m just wondering how you account for all the conflicts and aggressive behaviors that are all around us.”

The Dalia Lama nodded thoughtfully for a moment before replying, “Of course we can’t ignore the fact that conflicts and…”

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To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug

Monday, February 2nd, 2009
mossy ground

I feel the delightful, velvety texture of a flower, and discover its remarkable convolutions; and something of the miracle of Nature is revealed to me. Occasionally, if I am very fortunate, I place my hand gently on a small tree and feel the happy quiver of a bird in full song.

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