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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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Solidarity

Solidarity = Strength

CHEETAH PAIR - Masai Mara, Kenya
CHEETAH PAIR – Masai Mara, Kenya

Quotes to consider:

“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.” – Sally Koch

“I know of no great men except those who have rendered great service to the human race.” – Voltaire

“The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself.” – Lao Tzu Continue reading

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Stillness

Be the stillness that lies beyond.

SUNSET - Bushwillow, Hartebeespoort, South Africa
SUNSET – Bushwillow, Hartebeespoort, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“One’s action ought to come out of an achieved stillness: not to be mere rushing on.” – D.H. Lawrence

“For those who wish to climb the mountain of spiritual awareness, the path is selfless work. For those who have attained the summit of union with the Lord, the path is stillness and peace.” – Bhagavad Gita

“Activity conquers cold, but stillness conquers heat” – Lao Tzu Continue reading

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Nurture

Nurture doesn’t necessarily come naturally.

BABOON FAMILY - Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana
BABOON FAMILY – Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“Nature surpasses nurture.” – Proverb

“Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.” – Lao Tzu

“Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes” – Benjamin Disraeli Continue reading

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Direction

Effective action requires direction.

LIONESS - Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana
LIONESS – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight” – Jim Rohn

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu Continue reading

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Power

Power isn’t merely a matter of size, but rather of substance and how it’s applied.

ANGRY AFRICAN ELEPHANT - Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana
ANGRY AFRICAN ELEPHANT – Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still” – Lao Tzu

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix

“Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.” – Blaise Pascal

“The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while” – Albert Einstein Continue reading

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