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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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14. Smiles and laughter

Say hello to my sister's dog, Daisy.  She's getting sleepy.
Say hello to my sister’s dog, Daisy. She’s getting sleepy.

There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.

~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

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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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1. The 55-Day Challenge

Floating to the top.
Floating to the top.

The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they’ll ease
Your will they’ll mend
And charge you not a shilling.

~ Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990

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