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Stillness

Stillness speaks. (Perhaps this is appropriate after last night’s party :-D)


Palm leaves in the sky

STILLNESS

A silent whisper,
barely perceptible,
perfectly distinct,
rustles the leaves
of consciousness

Its message murmurs
of mundane magic,
teased to life
by the act of listening
into the Stillness

©Naomi Estment

Quotes to consider:

“Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” – Hermann Hesse

“No thought, no action, no movement, total stillness: only thus can one manifest the true nature and law of things from within and unconsciously, and at last become one with heaven and earth.” – Lao Tzu

“It is the stillness that will save and transform the world.” – Eckhart Tolle

“The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness; only when there is stillness in movement does the universal rhythm manifest.” – Bruce Lee

“The only real valuable thing is intuition.” – Albert Einstein

“Believe nothing because a wise man said it.
Believe nothing because it is generally held.
Believe nothing because it is written.
Believe nothing because it is said to be divine
Believe nothing because someone else believes it.
But believe only what you yourself know to be true.”
– The Buddha

Synchronicity can be quite amazing. The message “stillness speaks” emerged in a recent meditation, prompting this post. Wordpress and the genius Zemanta feature added the link to Eckhart Tolle’s book by that name. Despite being a big fan of his writing, I’d not come across it yet, so guess what I’ll be reading first in 2011 . . .

On that note, here’s wishing you all a WONDERFUL New Year – lots of love, health, wealth and happiness by the bucketful, interspersed with true stillness. ENJOY it, everyone!

And finally, heart-felt thanks to all of you who’ve taken the time to read this blog during 2010 and leave such lovely, supportive comments. You’re a collective treasure that we sincerely appreciate. THANK YOU!

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Treasure

Treasure is best shared.


LITTLE PINK FLOWERS – Johannesburg, South Africa

TREASURE

Sugar pink
candy floss
Spring fresh
Flowers

Caught in Nature‘s
light show,
you’re Laughter
brought to Life

What a Gift
to the World
that you share your
Treasure!

Quotes to consider:

Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.” – Carol Lynn Pearson

“One’s own self is well hidden from one’s own self; of all mines of treasure, one’s own is the last to be dug up.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” – Bible

“A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.” – Buddha

“Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

. . . and some more pics, because I just couldn’t contain myself to one 🙂

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Calm

Calm → Connection


SPIRITUAL SCENE – Katberg, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“Inward calm cannot be maintained unless physical strength is constantly and intelligently replenished.” – Buddha

“Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of strength.” – Robert Bulwer-Lytton

“The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Vigilance

Vigilance = Virtue

Quotes to consider:

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” – John Philpot Curran

“Be vigilant; guard your mind against negative thoughts.” – Buddha

“Doubt must be no more than vigilance, otherwise it can become dangerous.” – Georg C. Lichtenberg

“Beware of rashness, but with energy, and sleepless vigilance, go forward and give us victories.” – Abraham Lincoln
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Creation

Creation is a case of ‘cart before horse’.

BABY SPRINGBUCK STEPS - Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
BABY SPRINGBUCK STEPS – Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.” – Buddha

“Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. We are collaborators in creation.” – Teilhard de Chardin

“What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world.” – Albert Einstein Continue reading

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Meditation

Meditation = spiritual medicine

KHWAI SUNSET - Khwai River, Okavango, Botswana
KHWAI SUNSET – Khwai River, Okavango, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit” – Jeremy Taylor

“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” – Buddha

“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.” – Swami Sivananda Continue reading

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Peace

Peace is possible, if not probable.

WILD DOGS - Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa
WILD DOGS – Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“Peace is its own reward.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“There is no way to peace, peace is the way.” – A. J. Muste

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Buddha Continue reading

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Abundance

Abundance is our birthright.

WATER LILY - Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa
WATER LILY – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.” – Epicurus

“Life in abundance comes only through great love” – Elbert Hubbard

“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.” – Kahlil Gibran

“When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears” – Anthony Robbins

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