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The miracle of being here

Finding gold in the meadow.
Finding gold in the meadow.

It is a strange and wonderful fact to be here, walking around in a body, to have a whole world within you and a world at your fingertips outside you.  It is an immense privilege, and it is incredible that humans manage to forget the miracle of being here.  Rilke said, ‘Being here is so much,’ and it is uncanny how social reality can deaden and numb us so that the mystical wonder of our lives goes totally unnoticed.  We are here.  We are wildly and dangerously free.  The more lonely side of being here is our separation in the world.  When you live in a body, you are separate from every other object and person.  Many of our attempts to pray, to love and to create are secret attempts at transfiguring that separation in order to build bridges outwards so that others can reach us and we can reach them.

~ John O’Donohue

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21. In the woods

Tiny mushrooms
Tiny mushrooms

I see the mycelium as the Earth’s natural Internet, a consciousness with which we might be able to communicate.  Through cross-species interfacing, we may one day exchange information with these sentient cellular networks.  Because these externalized neurological nets sense any impression upon them, from footsteps to falling tree branches, they could relay enormous amounts of data regarding the movements of all organisms through the landscape.

~ Paul Stamets

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7. Existence

Reflections on the creek.
Reflections on the creek.

Live totally, live intensely, because the deeper your living is the more you are in contact with existence.  You are born of it; every moment you are renewed, rejuvenated, resurrected by each of your breaths, by each of your heartbeats — existence is taking care of you.

~ Osho, from Tarot in the Spirit of Zen: The Game of Life

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3. Flowering in autumn

The path to the unknown.
The path to the unknown.

The touch of the infinite mystery passes over the trivial and the familiar, making it break out into ineffable music…  The trees, the stars, and the blue hills ache with a meaning which can never be uttered in words.

~ Rabindranath Tagore

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