I was at the zoo in Naples, Florida traveling around and caught this photo of gentlemen looking up at the giraffes. Suddenly this giraffe came down and they both stared at each other intently for a minute in a gaze of mutual wonderment.
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“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. We have caused a lot of damage to the earth. Now it is time to take good care of her. We bring our peace and calm to the surface of the earth and share the lesson of love.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
In writing his description of a Walking Meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us to live in awareness of how much we take from the earth, the damage we do to it, and how much it freely gives us. A timely reminder to lift our game as we welcome Earth Day.
Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
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And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.”
~ Iain S. Thomas
Iain S. Thomas, I Wrote This For You
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