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If we were having coffee: Abstractions and reflections

Circling the tree.
Circling the tree.

We’re only here for a short while. And I think it’s such a lucky accident, having been born, that we’re almost obliged to pay attention. In some ways, this is getting far afield. I mean, we are – as far as we know – the only part of the universe that’s self-conscious. We could even be the universe’s form of consciousness. We might have come along so that the universe could look at itself. I don’t know that, but we’re made of the same stuff that stars are made of, or that floats around in space. But we’re combined in such a way that we can describe what it’s like to be alive, to be witnesses. Most of our experience is that of being a witness. We see and hear and smell other things. I think being alive is responding.

~ Mark Strand

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If we were having coffee: Politics on the beach

Love.
Love.

Love is a force that connects us to every strand of the universe, an unconditional state that characterizes human nature, a form of knowledge that is always there for us if only we can open ourselves to it.

~Emily H. Sell

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If we were having coffee: It’s been a long week

Goddess of Mercy
Goddess of Mercy

“Gain strength. Suck up energy. Make a point of appreciating the fragrance of the flowers and the beauty of the sunset. It is like armor. When you take a moment to practice my message you can then be armed with an ability to be detached. One is meant to forgive, to forgive and be compassionate.”~Kuan Yin”

~ Hope Bradford, Oracle of Compassion: The Living Word of Kuan Yin

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If we were having coffee: Finding my voice

Joining the rest of the flock.
On the way to the gathering.  (Red-winged Blackbirds)

Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.

~ Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice 

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If we were having coffee: Waiting for Hermine

Yesterday evening's sky.
Yesterday evening’s sky.

I wish that I could put up yesterday’s evening sky for all posterity, could preserve a night of love, the sound of a mountain stream, a realization as it sets my mind afire, a dance, a day of harmony, ten thousand glorious days of clouds that will instead vanish and never be seen again, line them up in jars where they might be admired in the interim and tasted again as needed.

~Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby

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Mandala

Sand painting.
Sand painting.

The Tibetan word for mandala is kyilkhor.  Kyil means ‘center,’ khor means ‘fringe,’ ‘gestalt,’ ‘area around’… Things exist interdependently, and that interdependent existence of things happens in the fashion of orderly chaos.

~ Chogyam Trungpa

Each person’s life is like a mandala — a vast, limitless circle.  We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life.

~ Pema Chodron

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If we were having coffee: A walk in the Elizabethan Gardens edition

Statue of Queen Elizabeth I. Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island, North Carolina.
Statue of Queen Elizabeth I. Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island, North Carolina.

Life is for living and working at.  If you find anything or anybody a bore, the fault is in yourself.

~ Queen Elizabeth I

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