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Respite ↔ Reason

VIEW from RAMABANTA LODGE – Lesotho, Southern Africa

What drives us sometimes to resist respite, like toddlers fighting the urge to sleep? Such as prior to traveling, when every possible responsibility crowds the mind. This was the case last week, while I planned for Lesotho. Yet the sweetness of the let-go is all-encompassing. Every time. Lying on the sun-splashed lawn, everything but the present faded into insignificance . So why the conflict? It’s like entering into creative flow. That struggle to relinquish the tension of time dissolves into an absence of its importance.

Observing myself today, I become aware that the same can be said about exercise. Prioritising it above other pressures of life requires self-discipline. Peculiar really, since the benefits seep far deeper than bones, straight into soul. ‘Relax your face…take a deep breath and sigh it out.’ Pat’s peaceful words permeate our cells, touching a place of total Respite. I realize that it shares a home with Reason, giving rise to renewed perspective.

Quotes to consider:

“Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.” – John De Paola

“Art is a spiritual, immaterial respite from the hardships of life” – Fernando Botero

“I have a very full and busy life and occasionally I am asked, Scotty, how can you do all that you do? The most telling reply I can give is: Because I spend at least two hours a day doing nothing.” – M. Scott Peck

“One must be out-of-doors enough to get experience of wholesome reality, as a ballast to thought and sentiment. Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life.” – Henry David Thoreau

“It is familiarity with life that makes time speed quickly. When everyday is a step in the unknown, as for children, the days are long with gathering of experience.” – George Gissing

In line with that last quote, Patricia (our yoga instructor this morning) suggested experiencing our bodies in a spirit of adventure. Respite can similarly invite delight, such as this miniature flower that shimmered ‘hello’ on the Ramabanta lawn 🙂

LITTLE YELLOW FLOWER – Ramabanta Lodge, Lesotho

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Time = Trap or Tool

SUNSET – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

The key to its mastery lies in the moment.

Quotes to consider:

“learn to become still” – Michael Bernard Beckwith

“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.” – Henry David Thoreau

“But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day.” – Benjamin Disraeli
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Eyes express eternity.

TIGER'S EYES - Johannesburg Zoo, South Africa
TIGER’S EYES – Johannesburg Zoo, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“The eyes have one language everywhere” – George Herbert

“The eye is the jewel of the body.” – Henry David Thoreau

“The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Aloneness ≠ Isolation

LONE BUFFALO BULL - Timbavati Private Game Reserve, South Africa
LONE BUFFALO BULL – Timbavati Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.” – Henry David Thoreau

“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Vision > Sight


While sight is a blessing, vision is a gift.

Quote to consider:

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference.” – Joel Barker

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To each their own unique purpose.


Quotes to consider:

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” – William Shedd

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Some people are born to lift heavy weights, some are born to juggle golden balls.” – Max Beerbohm

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Whatever you do, infuse it with soul.

MASAI MEN - Masai Mara, Kenya

Quotes to consider:

“Laughter is the spark of the soul” – Unknown

“You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.” – C.S. Lewis

“Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher

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