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invicem sunt

I am blessed to be a witness
Jul 22 '14
Ordinarily I go to the woods alone, with not a single
friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore
unsuitable.

I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds
or hugging the old black oak tree. I have my way of
praying, as you no doubt have yours.

Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible, I can sit
on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds,
until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost
unhearable sound of the roses singing.

If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love
you very much.
Mary Oliver, “How I Go to the Woods” (via hiddenshores)

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Jul 21 '14
When we speak of Nature it is wrong to forget that we are ourselves a part of Nature. We ought to view ourselves with the same curiosity and openness with which we study a tree, the sky or a thought, because we too are linked to the entire universe.
— Henri Matisse (via cosmic-rebirth)

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Jul 20 '14
theparisreview:

The Lessons of Water
The best way to conduct oneself may be observed in the behavior of water. —Tao te ching
When given a place to wait, it fills that placeBy taking the shape of what contains it,Its upper surface poised and level,Absorbing, accepting what it can as lightlyOr heavily as it does itself. If pressedDown, it will offer back in all directionsEverything it was given. If chilled, it will shatterDaylight and whiten to stars, will harden and sharpenAnd turn unforseeably dazzling. Neglected,It will disappear, being transformed and liftedInto thin air. Or thrown away, it will gatherWith other water, which is all one water,And rise and fall, regather and go on risingAnd falling the more quickly its path descendsAnd the more slowly as it wears that path away,To be left awhile, to stir for the moon, to waitFor the wind to begin again.
—David Wagoner. Art credit David Moses.

theparisreview:

The Lessons of Water

The best way to conduct oneself may be observed in the behavior of water. —Tao te ching

When given a place to wait, it fills that place
By taking the shape of what contains it,
Its upper surface poised and level,
Absorbing, accepting what it can as lightly
Or heavily as it does itself. If pressed
Down, it will offer back in all directions
Everything it was given. If chilled, it will shatter
Daylight and whiten to stars, will harden and sharpen
And turn unforseeably dazzling. Neglected,
It will disappear, being transformed and lifted
Into thin air. Or thrown away, it will gather
With other water, which is all one water,
And rise and fall, regather and go on rising
And falling the more quickly its path descends
And the more slowly as it wears that path away,
To be left awhile, to stir for the moon, to wait
For the wind to begin again.

David Wagoner. Art credit David Moses.

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Jul 19 '14
Wonder is the desire for knowledge.
— Aquinas (via clockocean)

(Source: jahfuhrer)

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Jul 18 '14
Our soul, like Mary’s body, is to receive God Himself if only we, like her, believe, consent and receive; if only we speak her truly magic word fiat, “let it be.” It is the creative word, the word God used to create the universe.
— Peter Kreeft (via askthecatholic)

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Jul 17 '14

apoetreflects:

Please think about this as you go on.  Breathe on the world.
Hold out your hands to it.  When morning and evenings
roll along, watch how they open and close, how they
invite you to the long party that your life is.

—William Stafford, closing strophe to “A Valley Like This” from Even in Quiet Places (Confluence Press, 1996)

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Jul 16 '14
We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald (via ffitzgerald)

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Jul 15 '14

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Jul 14 '14
theraccolta:

Adam and Eve Cling to Christ, John Singer Sargent, Boston Public Library, 1903

theraccolta:

Adam and Eve Cling to Christ, John Singer Sargent, Boston Public Library, 1903

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Jul 13 '14
FACT: There is far greater joy (and pleasure) in giving than receiving. Perhaps it is not so much the “intention” of nature ( I mean who really knows?), but the “will” of humankind (speaking optimistically, and with great hope) that contains this boundless capacity for immeasurable generosity and love (which is possibly irrational, against nature). Give more than you can take. Give everything you got. Even if it kills you. This is my prayer.
— Sufjan Stevens (via sunflower-soul)

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