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To see a World in a grain of sand,
And a Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.

William Blake

When we are conscious of being part of a wider universe, we can begin to see that what we do matters.  Every action we take has a consequence somewhere, whether good or bad.  Everything that happens affects a part of the whole body of life.  Having this knowledge of being part of something larger may motivate us to contribute to the greater good in whatever ways we can.       -Sallirae Henderson

   

The people who are aware of themselves are henceforward independent; and they are never bored, and life is only too short, and they are steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.       -Virginia Woolf

   
We all have within us a deep sense of what we need, and what is right
and true for us.  To access this we need to pay attention to our feelings
and our intuition.  We need to learn to listen deeply to ourselves and to
trust what we hear.  And we need to risk acting on what we feel to be true.  Even if we make mistakes, we must do this in order to learn and grow.      -Shakti Gawain
   

Why do some people always see beautiful skies and grass and lovely flowers and incredible human beings, while others are hard-pressed to find anything or any place that is beautiful?      -Leo Buscaglia

   
Be on the lookout for mercies. The more we look for them, the more of them we will see. . . . Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles.       -Maltbie D. Babcock

When I see someone smile, I know immediately that he or she is dwelling in awareness.  This half-smile, how many artists have labored to bring it to the lips of countless statues and paintings?  I am sure the same smile must have been on the faces of the sculptors and painters as they worked.  Can you imagine an angry painter giving birth to such a smile?  Mona Lisa's smile is light, just a hint of a smile.  Yet even a smile like that is enough to relax all the muscles in our face, to banish all worries and fatigue.  A tiny bud of a smile on our lips nourishes awareness and calms us miraculously.  It returns us to the peace we thought we had lost.       -Thich Nhat Hanh
   

If I keep my eyes open, I see bugs and snakes and intricate tiny flowers and cool rocks and nice smiles and beautiful architecture and gentle kindness.  If I keep my heart young I notice great places to play, nice sunsets, cool hideouts, neat ice formations, and strange and unusual birds and animals.  Life is never ordinary.  We can make it seem ordinary by closing our eyes and hearts to its wonder, but that's not life's fault.  I prefer to notice the little things and then leave them be--never trying to take them with me or preserve them--because that's what life's supposed to be, and that's what makes me happy and keeps away disappointment.        -Tom Walsh

   
i thank You God for this most amazing day; for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes.      -e.e. cummings
   

For the past eighty years I have started each day in the same manner.  It is not a mechanical routine, but something essential to my daily life.  I go to the piano, and play two preludes and fugues of Bach.  I cannot think of doing otherwise.  It is a sort of benediction on the house.  But that is not its only meaning for me.  It is a rediscovery of the world of which I have the joy of being a part.  It fills me with awareness of the wonder of life, with a feeling of the incredible marvel of being a human being.       -Pau Casals

    

The person who cannot wonder is but a pair of spectacles behind which there is no eye.      -Thomas Carlyle

   

One day, after a drawing exercise, one of my students said in amazement, "Every time I draw something I fall in love!"  I wasn't surprised to hear this, because I know that when we wake up to the world around us in full form, with vivid colors, lines, and shapes, we become filled with awe and wonder.  It is easy to fall in love with the things we've walked past so many times, because we realize that the world is offering itself to us like a lover longing for our embrace and recognition.  Receiving the universe in all its diversity allows us a new self-appreciation, and coming to a level of self-acceptance and self-love prepares us to love the world in return.  When this awareness lives at our core, celebration becomes a way of life.       -Adriana Diaz

    

We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand. . . and melting like a snowflake.  Let us use it before it is too late.        -Marie Edith Beynon

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A greater poverty than that caused by lack of money is the poverty of unawareness.  Men and women go about the world unaware of the beauty, the goodness, and the glories in it. Their souls are poor.  It is better to have a poor pocketbook than to suffer from a poor soul.       -Jerry Fleishman

    

I have walked with people whose eyes are full of light but who see nothing in sea or sky, nothing in city streets, nothing in books.  It were far better to sail forever in the night of blindness with sense, and feeling, and mind, than to be content with the mere act of seeing.  The only lightless dark is the night of darkness in ignorance and insensibility.       -Helen Keller

    

If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children I should ask that her gift to each child be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantment of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.      -Rachel Carson

    

An enlightened mind is not hoodwinked; it is not shut up in a gloomy prison till it thinks the walls of its dungeon the limits of the universe, and the reach of its own chain the outer verge of intelligence.       -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

   

The miracles of the church seem to me to rest not so much on faces or voices or healing power suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always.       -Willa Cather

  

   
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the source of all true art and science.  Those to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, are as good as dead:  their eyes are closed.        -Albert Einstein
   
What else is going on right this minute while ground water creeps under my feet?
The galaxy is careening in a slow, muffled widening. . . . The sun's surface is now exploding; other stars implode and vanish, heavy and black, out of sight.  Meteorites are arcing to earth invisibly all day long.  On the planet the winds are blowing. . . .Somewhere, someone under full sail is becalmed, in the horse latitudes, in the doldrums; in the northland, a trapper is maddened, crazed, by the eerie scent of the chinook, the snow-eater, a wind that can melt two feet of snow in a day.  The pampero blows, and the tramontane, and the Boro, sirocco, levanter, mistral.  Lick a finger: feel the now.      -Annie Dillard
   

We can know nothing of humankind without knowing something of ourselves.  Self-knowledge is the property of those people whose passions have their full play, but who ponder over their results.       -Benjamin Disraeli

    
Half the joy of life is in the little things taken on the run.  Let us run if we must--even the sands do that--but let us keep our hearts young and our eyes open that nothing worth our while shall escape us.       -Victor Cherbuliez
    

Two things fill me with constantly increasing admiration and awe, the longer and more earnestly I reflect on them:  the starry heavens without and the moral law within.       -Immanuel Kant

    

I saw Fair Haven Pond with its island, and meadow between the island and the shore, and a strip of perfectly still and smooth water in the lee of the island, and two hawks, fish hawks perhaps, sailing over it. I did not see how it could be improved. Yet I do not see what these things can be. I begin to see such an object when I cease to understand it and see that I did not realize or appreciate it before, but I get no further than this.  How adapted these forms and colors to my eye! A meadow and an island!  What are these things? Yet the hawks and the ducks keep so aloof!  and Nature so reserved! I am made to love the pond and the meadow, as the wind is made to ripple the water.       -Henry David Thoreau

    
A person is alive only to the degree that he or she is aware.  To make the most of life we must constantly strive to be aware of the importance of being aware.

Be Aware of Yourself:  We should be aware of who we are and what we want to be.  We should be aware of our ideals and purposes and our relationship to the Infinite.

Be Aware of Your Senses and Use Them:  So often we are distracted and unconscious of the riches our senses can pour into our lives.  We eat food without tasting it, listen to music without hearing it, smell without experiencing the pungency of odors and the delicacy of perfumes, touch without feeling the grain or texture, and see without appreciating the beauty around us.

Be Aware of People:  This calls for sensitivity, an empathy that will make us aware of the inner thoughts of people--sadness, loneliness, discouragement, joy.  This is often an extrasensory awareness.  We should see people not as part of a crowd, but as individuals with needs, longings, and aspirations.

Be Aware of Our Environment:   We should be aware of our surroundings, both our community and our country, and of the influences that now mold our world so that we can play our part in the life of our times.  We should be aware of significant events in politics, science, and religion and find in them the true and meaningful.

The secret of being more vitally alive is to be more aware.  Starting today, from this moment, become aware of awareness!

Wilferd A. Peterson

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Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about?  It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world.       -Lucy Maud Montgomery
   
The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.        -John Keats (also attributed to Eden Phillpotts)
   
Even sitting still on a lawn can open up to you a whole new world, if you look long enough and closely enough.  There is a great deal of life available to you in such a place, but we usually miss it as we walk quickly over it.  Once I taught in a building that had a tree growing right next to it, so from our third-floor window we had a great view of the top of the tree and all the bugs and birds that lived there or were stopping by for visits.  That close view taught me a lot about the tops of trees, and I can't look at trees in exactly the same way any more.
    Stop today and look.  Learn.  Appreciate.  See.  Touch.  Feel.  Looking closely is nothing more than using our powers of observation, a gift that we were given that we let lie unused far too often.  If we do this, the world becomes an awesome, incredible place.       -Tom Walsh
  
As the fish doesn't know water, people are ignorant of space.  Consciousness is concerned only with changing and varying details; it ignores constants--especially constant backgrounds.  Thus only very exceptional people are aware of what is basic to everything.     -Alan Watts
  
Throughout our lives, the moment we bring our awareness fully into the Now, we enter the domain of the true self, and our immediate conscious reality is once again that of sensation and perception.  As I sit in the park, the sunlight brightens the leaves and casts shadows on the ground. I have a feeling of contentment.  And as long as “I” don’t create stories about what I am seeing or about the fact that I am feeling content, which leads me away from my immediate experience, what I experience remains simply perception and sensation.  The same is true for any feeling, any emotion. In the Now, it is just what it is.  In the Now, I “go back” to my original awareness “by the way that [I] have come.”  When we directly perceive and experience whatever is present in our larger fields of awareness, it is possible to have a relationship with it without becoming lost in it or defined by it.     -Richard Moss, The Mandala of Being
  
We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.     -Marian Wright Edelman
  
Carefully observe the natural laws in operation in the world around you, and live by them.  From following them, you will learn the morality of modesty, moderation, compassion, and consideration (not just one society’s rules and regulations), the wisdom of seeing things as they are (not of merely collecting “facts” about them), and the happiness of being in harmony with the Way (which has nothing to do with self-righteous “spiritual” obsessions and fanaticism).  And you will live lightly, spontaneously, and effortlessly.      -Benjamin Hoff
  

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