On Sparkling Form


"I beg to differ... I think I'm on sparkling form." - JN

Google Doodle for July 18, 2014: Nelson Mandela’s birthday


Ripples in the Fabric that is the Sea

Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil

Photography, sea, ocean

Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.

Rabindranath Tagore (via thecalminside)
#pain  #heart  

Attract what you expect,
Reflect what you desire,
Become what you respect,
Mirror what you admire.

Unknown  (via thatkindofwoman)

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#wisdom  #quotes  

A Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay


himilayan blue poppy on Flickr.

You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars guides you too.

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti


heavy skies

by matialonsor

Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.

Rumi (via thecalminside)

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Isla Vista victim’s dad shares outrage: The father of a victim in a mass shooting and stabbing near Santa Barbara speaks to CNN’s Kyung Lah about his son.

Insist on yourself. Never imitate. For your own talent you can present every moment with all the force of a lifetime’s cultivation, but of the adopted stolen talents of anybody else you have only a frigid brief extempore half-expression.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (via jhbrd)
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One of the things I do, when I step on the stage, when I stand up to translate, when I go to teach my classes,when I go to direct a movie, I bring everyone who has ever been kind to me with me.
Black, White, Asian, Spanish-speaking, Native American, Gay, Straight, Everybody. I say, “Come with me, I’m going on the stage. Come with me, I need you now.” Long dead. You see? So I don’t ever feel I have no help. I’ve had rainbows in my clouds.

And the thing to do it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so that you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud, somebody who may not look like you, may not call God the same name you call God, if they call God at all. You see? I may not eat the same dishes
prepared the way you do. May not dance your dances.
Or speak your language. But, be a blessing to somebody.
That’s what I think.

Maya Angelou

…and, I got onto the streetcar. I can remember the way the sun fell on the slats of the wooden seats. I sat there and I thought about [my mother]. I thought, “Suppose she’s right…She’s intelligent and she says she’s too mean to lie. So suppose I am going to be somebody.”

She released me. She freed me…to say I may have something in me that would be of value, maybe not just to me.
You see, that’s love.”

Maya Angelou

Do all the other things, the ambitious things — travel, get rich, get famous, innovate, lead, fall in love, make and lose fortunes, swim naked in wild jungle rivers (after first having it tested for monkey poop) – but as you do, to the extent that you can, err in the direction of kindness. Do those things that incline you toward the big questions, and avoid the things that would reduce you and make you trivial. That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality — your soul, if you will — is as bright and shining as any that has ever been. Bright as Shakespeare’s, bright as Gandhi’s, bright as Mother Teresa’s. Clear away everything that keeps you separate from this secret luminous place. Believe it exists, come to know it better, nurture it, share its fruits tirelessly.

via The New York Times
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