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

Palm leaves in the sky


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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Happy SPRING DAY to the South!

. . . and warmest Spring wishes from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern 🙂

SPRING ROSE SMILING AT THE SKY – Johannesburg, South Africa





sparkles with
and hope

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Clouds sometimes obscure the sun.

CLOUDS ACROSS THE SUN – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

As we pause our game drive to consult the map, I glance up and notice the sky. My thoughts flicker to the most generous man I’ve known, bar none. For a moment I smell roses, but they’re nowhere around. It’s the sweetness of his memory, which chases the evening chill from my cheeks. Despite dreadful injury at the hand of a nameless criminal, his coma was characterized by complete peace. The gabbering of guinea fowl reminds me where I am. Although I taste tears, they do not fall. Instead, I smile. Charlie Baty, beloved friend, your Sunbeam Soul lights our way forever.

Quotes to consider:

“Tears are words the heart can’t express” – Unknown

“Sorrow is tranquillity remembered in emotion.” – Dorothy Parker

“He who has not looked on Sorrow will never see Joy.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Remember me and smile, for it’s better to forget than remember me and cry.” – Unknown
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Simplicity is a blessing.

Quotes to consider:

“The simplest things are often the truest.” – Richard Bach

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – Albert Einstein
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Commitment takes courage, returns treasure.


What if a bird failed to follow the urge to fly?

Quotes to consider:

“Leap and the net will appear” – Zen saying

“. . . the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. . .” – W.H. Murray (‘The Scottish Himalayan Expedition’)

“The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it’s not without doubt but in spite of doubt.” – Dr. Rollo May
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Vantage aids vision.

GIRAFFE - Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.” – Charles Lindbergh

“No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of truth.” – Francis Bacon, Sr

“I can sing very comfortably from my vantage point because a lot of the music was about a loss of innocence, there’s innocence contained in you but there’s also innocence in the process of being lost.” – Bruce Springsteen Continue reading

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Poise = Poetry

LONGTAILED SHRIKE - Okavango Delta, Botswana
LONGTAILED SHRIKE – Okavango Delta, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“The key to winning is poise under stress.” – Paul Brown

“Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward.” – Maxwell Maltz

“To bear defeat with dignity, to accept criticism with poise, to receive honors with humility – these are marks of maturity and graciousness.” – William Arthur Ward Continue reading

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Flight = Freedom

BROWN SNAKE EAGLE - Okavango Delta, Botswana
BROWN SNAKE EAGLE – Okavango Delta, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.” – Douglas Adams

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Every blossom begins as a seed.


Quotes to consider:

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

“Faith sees a beautiful blossom in a bulb, a lovely garden in a seed, and a giant oak in an acorn.” – William Arthur Ward

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Free will

Free will can be friend or foe.

'BIG AIR' - Motocross riders in action
BIG AIR – Motocross riders in action

Quotes to consider:

“Free will is an illusion. People always choose the perceived path of greatest pleasure.” – Scott Adam

“”The robber of your free will,” writes Epictetus, “does not exist” – Marcus Aurelius

“Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.” – Jawaharlal Nehru Continue reading

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