“Step into the center of the center of the center –
right into your Now – and see:
how elegant and honest this moment is.
Just being yourself, a world to hold your feet,
a universe to lift your gaze, a heart beating –
constant, in the center of it all.”
“I did not tell you that it would be okay,
because I have never believed it would be okay.
What I told you is what your grandparents
tried to tell me: that this is your country,
that this is your world, that this is your body,
and you must find some way to live within the all of it.”
“In life you find pleasure.
In life you find pain.
Pain and pleasure is an example
of the duality in life. Enjoy them both,
they are part of the ride.
The key is to not turn the pain
into something else – regret.”
“If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces.”
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2016
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“For many years a tree might wage a slow and silent
warfare against an encumbering wall,
without making any visible progress.
One day the wall would topple-
-not because the tree had suddenly
laid hold upon some supernormal energy,
but because its patient work of self-defense
and self release had reached fulfillment.
The long-imprisoned tree had freed itself.
Nature had had her way.”
Lloyd C. Douglas