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Grounding and centering

Almost heart-shaped lichen.

With me I always carry my peace message:  This is the Way of Peace:  Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.  There is nothing new about this message, except the practice of it.  And the practice of it is required not only in the international situation but also in the personal situation.  I believe that the situation in the world is a reflection of our own immaturity.  If we were mature, harmonious people, war would be no problem whatever — it would be impossible…

All of us can work for peace.  We can work right where we are, right within ourselves, because the more peace we have within our own lives, the more we can reflect into the outer situation.  In fact, I believe that the wish to survive will push us into some kind of uneasy world peace which will then need to be supported by a great inner awakening if it is to endure.

~ Peace Pilgrim

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Enough

In the shadows.

We owe our children – the most vulnerable citizens in any society – a life free from violence and fear.

~ Nelson Mandela

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

~ Frederick Douglass

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A meander: Love and nature

Looking out over the marsh.

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.

~ Joseph Campbell

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A little of this and that

A glimpse of Philadelphia.

These are pregnant times throughout the world. Just as in geology we have breaking lines between huge blocks of earth, so today we are at the juncture between great blocks of time. This is the place of storm and volcano – and of becoming. In today’s reality, a small act can have far-reaching consequences, beyond imagination, whereas things that will be done five or ten years from today will be so much less effective. This is precisely the meaning of pregnant times: Anything can be born. And this is exactly the time when one must not sleep.

~ Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, Parabola

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A Monday meander: Love and evolution

The marsh during the blue hour.

Love is alone sufficient by itself; it pleases by itself, and for its own sake.  It is itself a merit, and itself its own recompense.  It seeks neither cause, nor consequences, beyond itself.  It is its own fruit, its own object and usefulness.  I love, because I love; I love, that I may love.

~ Bernard of Clairvaux

What we love we shall grow to resemble.

~ Bernard of Clairvaux

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