Black Locust

When we look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is brilliant, what is bitter and what is sweet, it isn’t just ourselves we’re discovering. We’re discovering the universe.

~ Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart


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Like all explorers we are drawn to discover what’s out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it.

~ Pena Chodron


Single Track

A lot of people try to counteract the ‘I am not good enough’ with ‘I am good enough.’ In other words they take the opposite and try to invest it. That still keeps the world at the level of polarities. The art is to go behind the polarities. So the act is not to go to the world of ‘I am good’ or ‘I am bad’, or ‘I am loveable’ as opposed to ‘I am unloveable’. But go behind it to ‘I am’. I am. I am. And I am includes the fact that I do crappy things and I do beautiful things and I am. That includes everything and I am.

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As you start to rest in the I am-ness, from that place, you can start to set boundaries on the way you play the game as become more impeccable in the way you play the game.

~ Ram Dass


Indian Springs

Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.

~ Wendell Berry


Monkey Slug

Because sometimes nature throws you a true wild card knowing how much you love insects and creepy crawlies as well as something completely new to marvel at while playing a hiding game - totally got caught because I was messing with it. I will never be older than 10 when it comes to insects.