Be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
 Max Ehrmann, Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life (via inatt)

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(Reblogged from cariboumythos)
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.

Aristotle (via delicatesenpai)

goddess status.

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This is a GREAT quote. I am equal parts Beast/Goddess FOR SURE.

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orthodoxyandanimals:

Man is not a being isolated from the rest of creation; by his very nature he is bound up with the whole of the universe… In his way to union with God, man in no way leaves creatures aside, but gathers together in his love the whole cosmos disordered by sin, that it may be transfigured by grace

—  St Maximus the Confessor

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When an archer is shooting for nothing,
He has all his skill.
If he shoots for a brass buckle,
He is already nervous.
If he shoots for a prize of gold,
He goes blind,
Or sees two targets—
He is out of his mind!

His skill has not changed. But the prize,
Divides him. He cares.
He thinks more of winning,
Than of shooting—
And the need to win,
Drains his power.

Thomas Merton, The Way of Chuang Tzu

75

Why are people hungry?
Because those above are greedy,
This is why.

Why are people hard to govern?
Because of the selfishness of those above,
This is why.

Why do people make light of death?
Because they strive for the richness of life.
This is why.

Only those who don’t strive,
Truly value life.

you say

"spirit spirit spirit"

but i only see

Energy

network of light,

The Escape.

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Look at the plants and trees; their foliage flourishes, then drops in late autumn, returning to the roots, as a natural pattern. Returning to the root, it does not die but regenerates comes springtime. From this principle we can see that endless regeneration is the Way of nature, while returning to their roots is the inherent pattern of beings.

Unknown Author, Anthology on the Cultivation of Realization

Translated by Thomas Cleary

74

If people do not fear death,
How can you threaten them with it?
Even if people do fear death,
It is perverse if we take and  put them to death.

It seems there’s always an executioner,
If we kill in their place,
This is like taking the place of a master carpenter.
People who try to cut her wood for her,
Seldom escape injuring themselves!