Magical Reinventors

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“Living things tend to change unrecognizably as they grow. Who would deduce the dragonfly from the larva, the iris from the bud, the lawyer from the infant? Flora or fauna, we are all shape-shifters and magical reinventors. Life is really a plural noun, a caravan of selves.” ~ Diane Ackerman

See What

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“Outside is pure energy and colorless substance.

All of the rest happens through the mechanisms of our senses.

Our eyes see just a small fraction of the light in the world.

It is a trick to make a colored world,

which does not exist outside of human beings “

~ Albert Hofmann

Sincerity ~ Tao Te Ching

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Speak few words, but say them with quietude and sincerity,
and they will be long lasting,
for a raging wind cannot blow all morning,
nor a sudden rainstorm last throughout the day.

Why is this so?
Because it is the nature of the sky and the earth to be frugal.
Even human beings cannot alter this nature
without suffering the consequences.

When we sincerely follow the ethical path,
we become one with it.
When we become one with the ethical path, it embraces us.

When we completely lose our way, we become one with loss.
When we become one with loss, loss embraces us.

When we sincerely follow the Great Integrity,
we become one with it.
When we are one with the Great Integrity, it embraces us.

But when nothing is done sincerely,
no-thing and no one embraces us.

“The Tao Te Ching, A New Translation”
By Ralph Alan Dale
Verse 23

Molecular Sharing

gulp“There are more molecules of water in a cup of water than cups of water in all of the world’s oceans.

This means that some of the same molecules in every cup of water you drink passed through the kidneys of Genghis Khan, Napoleon, Abe Lincoln or any other historical person of your choosing.

Same goes for air:there are more molecules of air in a single breath of air than there are breaths of air in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Therefore, some molecules of air you inhale passed through the lungs of Billy the Kid, Joan of Arc, Beethoven, Socrates or any other historical person of your choosing”. ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tender Misgivings

“Choosing a path meant having to miss out on others. She had a whole life to live, and she was always thinking that, in the future, she might regret the choices she made now.

“I’m afraid of committing myself,” she thought to herself.

She wanted to follow all possible paths and so ended up following none.

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Even in that most important area of her life, love, she had failed to commit herself. After her first romantic disappointment, she had never again given herself entirely.

She feared pan, loss, and separation.

 

These things were inevitable on the path to love, and the only way of avoiding them was by deciding not to take that path at all. In order not to suffer, you had to renounce love.

It was like putting out your own eyes not to see the bad things in life.”

~ Paulo Coelho
Artwork:  Blind Love by Myiu14