life

The Journey

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Concept art from Howl’s Moving Castle.

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”

― Bashō Matsuo

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The Stream Of Life

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“My Neighbor Totoro” concept art by Hayao Miyazaki.

“I like to define biology as the history of the earth and all its life — past, present, and future. To understand biology is to understand that all life is linked to the earth from which it came; it is to understand that the stream of life, flowing out of the dim past into the uncertain future, is in reality a unified force, though composed of an infinite number and variety of separate lives.”

― Rachel Carson

Being Aware

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“When we lose awareness of and do not meditate on the existence of suffering in all things, we can easily be pushed around by passions and desires for worldly things, increasingly destroying our lives in the pursuit of these desires. Only by being aware of suffering can we find its cause, confront it directly, and eliminate it.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Now and Always

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I go inside and shut the window.
The lamp is brought and I’m told
good night.
And my voice contentedly says
good night.
May this be my life, now and always:
The day bright with sunshine, or
gentle with rain,
Or stormy as if the world were
ending,
The evening gentle and my eyes
attentive
To the people passing by my window,
With my last friendly gaze going to the peaceful trees,
And then, window shut and the lamp lit,
Without reading or sleeping and thinking of nothing,
To feel life flowing through me like a river between its banks,
And outside a great silence like a god who is sleeping.

~ Fernando Pessoa writing as Alberto Caeiro in “The Keeper of Sheep”