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Jul 26

The architectural art of stacking bales. Admiring this farmer’s mastery.
Photo by Trent Gilliss.

The architectural art of stacking bales. Admiring this farmer’s mastery.

Photo by Trent Gilliss.

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"Ask a cloud: What is your date of birth? Before you were born, where were you?" ~Thich Nhat Hanh

For some reason, this resonates with me today. I can’t articulate why so much. Call me out if I’m getting a bit fluffy here; you may be justified.
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"Ask a cloud: What is your date of birth? Before you were born, where were you?"
~Thich Nhat Hanh

For some reason, this resonates with me today. I can’t articulate why so much. Call me out if I’m getting a bit fluffy here; you may be justified.

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Jul 25

“I cannot discover God in myself and myself in others unless I have the courage to face myself exactly as I am, with all my limitations, and to accept others as they are, with all their limitations. The religious answer is not religion if it is not fully real.” — Thomas Merton, quoted in this radio pilgrimage to L’Arche.

Jul 24

"Breathe and everything changes."
—Seane Corn, in Yoga, Meditation in Action.
(Photo by Lyn Tally)

"Breathe and everything changes."

—Seane Corn, in Yoga, Meditation in Action.

(Photo by Lyn Tally)

Jul 23

“We do not ask for what useful purpose the birds do sing, for song is their pleasure since they were created for singing. Similarly, we ought not to ask why the human mind troubles to fathom the secrets of the heavens. The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment.” — Johannes Kepler, quoted in this program on exoplanets and the cosmos with research astronomer Natalie Batalha.

Buttercup walk by Alex J White. Inspired by this poem from Willow Harth.

Buttercup walk by Alex J White. Inspired by this poem from Willow Harth.

Jul 22

"I have come face to face with wild tigers. I’ve come face to face with jaguars, lions, all of them. And I felt great fear. But I also felt flattered to be in the presence of this unbelievable wildness that we don’t feel during our everyday lives. Could I bond with them? And yet in a way, I almost learned the opposite. By spending so much time in the jungle with these wild cats, I also came to realize that there would always be a wall between us, a wall that couldn’t be breached and really shouldn’t be breached because we were of two different worlds, worlds that could come together on certain things but that just had to be apart on others for both of us to live properly within this larger world."
— Alan Rabinowitz, in "A Voice for the Animals"
(Photo by Paulo/Flickr)

"I have come face to face with wild tigers. I’ve come face to face with jaguars, lions, all of them. And I felt great fear. But I also felt flattered to be in the presence of this unbelievable wildness that we don’t feel during our everyday lives. Could I bond with them? And yet in a way, I almost learned the opposite. By spending so much time in the jungle with these wild cats, I also came to realize that there would always be a wall between us, a wall that couldn’t be breached and really shouldn’t be breached because we were of two different worlds, worlds that could come together on certain things but that just had to be apart on others for both of us to live properly within this larger world."

Alan Rabinowitz, in "A Voice for the Animals"

(Photo by Paulo/Flickr)

Jul 21

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“Man came silently into the world. As a matter of fact he trod so softly that, when we first catch sight of him as revealed by those indestructible stone instruments, we find him sprawling all over the old world from the Cape of Good Hope to Peking. Without doubt he already speaks and lives in groups; he already makes fire…. Thus, in the eyes of science, which at long range can only see things in bulk, the ‘first man’ is and can only be a crowd, and his infancy is made up of thousands and thousands of years….” — Teilhard de Chardin, in The Phenomenon of Man

Jul 19

This quote took. Six degrees of separation seems to be the key here.

This quote took. Six degrees of separation seems to be the key here.

How do a NASA scientist working on the Kepler mission and a translator of Rilke come together in this photo? By way an On Being listener:

Pancho heard Joanna Macy and I in interviews with @kristatippett and brought us together. Gratitude. @Beingtweets pic.twitter.com/mPDCdrQsku
— Natalie Batalha (@nbatalha)
July 18, 2014
Thanks, Pancho!

How do a NASA scientist working on the Kepler mission and a translator of Rilke come together in this photo? By way an On Being listener:

Pancho heard Joanna Macy and I in interviews with @kristatippett and brought us together. Gratitude. @Beingtweets pic.twitter.com/mPDCdrQsku

— Natalie Batalha (@nbatalha)
July 18, 2014

Thanks, Pancho!

Jul 16

“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.” — Flavia Weedn, from this week’s remix Revealing Ramadan.

“You don’t need another person, place, or thing to make you whole. God already did that. Your job is to know it.” —

Maya Angelou, as told to Oprah Winfrey in this month’s issue of O magazine.

Hear the great Dr. Angelou talk about one of her mentors, W.E.B. Du Bois, in this public radio episode.

Jul 15

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