A Turtle Awake – Inspirational Wisdom of Great Love

A Turtle Awake is a page dedicated to inspirational wisdom, poetry, quotes and teachings of the greatest love passed down to us by a myriad of sages and seers of different origin and persuasion all with a common message of universal love and internal striving.  Their endeavor and inquiry ever lead us towards light, our own personal reflection that beams ever brighter and a re-kindling of our collective wonderment at just what we are, are part of and always have been and will be.

Here is the latest selection that you will find on the ‘A Turtle Awake’ page situated somewhere up there, near Laika’s eye (that’s the tiger). 

Namaste, Light, Salam and much Love,

Lee and the Turtlexxxx 

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‘The flowers depart when we hate to lose them,
The weeds arrive when we hate to watch them grow.’
Dogen

‘But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.

How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself anything less than a god.
The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.’
Alan Watts

‘Love is the threshold where divine and human presence ebb and flow into each other.
‘Understanding nourishes belonging.’
‘We do not need to go out and find love, we need to be still and let love discover us.’
‘In love you grow and come home to yourself. Love alone can awaken what is divine within you.’
‘Bitterness and coldness are the ultimate defeat.’
‘You are sent here to learn love and receive love, love will awaken hidden love within you.’
‘The place of love is a secret place, where only two people belong together.’
‘The more love you give away, the more love you have,’
‘Love is the secret rhythm of the universe, that moves stars and planets.’
‘Breathing takes you to the house of spiritual belonging.’
‘With music, time slips away, leaving the circle of belonging with the eternal.’
‘Touching brings you closer and closer, eyes distance you. We live in skin therefore we are always sensitive to the world.’
‘The sacred touch of sexuality is needed to engage our full human nature.’
‘Highest moments of human intensity, words become silent.’
‘You live and move on divine ground.’
‘Senses are our sacred thresholds, our body is the friend of our soul. Celebrate the universe, its mystery and possibility.’
‘No rock is the same, avoid ways of seeing and being which seek satisfaction in certainty.’
‘The quality of experience always depends on the rhythm of time.’
‘Sacred and the secret are sisters, don’t shine the light of reflection to severely on the soul. Awaken to the inner world.’
‘Individuality is the only gateway to spiritual potential and blessing.’
‘Do not force tormented transparency on the mystery. The glimpse is sufficient.’
‘Don’t try to expose the soul or offer it care, let the soul find us and care for us.’
‘When your soul awakens, your destiny becomes urgent with creativity.’
‘To be born is to be chosen.’
‘Mediocrity is a refuge from the call, awaken the sense of destiny, rekindle creativity, come into rhythm with your life.’
‘The soul loves risk, to change is to be perfect.’
‘The nature of work and consumerism diminishes the soul. You should never belong totally to any cause or system, the soul is the house of real belonging.’
‘With a fast pace life, nothing can stabilize, gather or grow. Each day is a microcosm of your life.’
‘The eternal home is within you.’
‘Perception determines the way that things will behave for you and towards you.’
‘Within every stone, there is a secret shape waiting to emerge.’
‘The only difference between a young person and an old person is time. In the autumn of your life, your experience is harvested.’
‘What you think, feel or believe remain a fantasy unless it is part of the fabric of experience.’
‘Oceans, waves, stars, mountains are remembered in mind with the same spaces between them, as if seen outside me.’
‘The human memory is an inner temple of feeling and sensibility.’
‘Mind needs to be as open as the night sky to comprehend the universe.’
‘Your body ages and gets weaker, your soul is getting richer, deeper and stronger. With time, the soul grows sure of itself.’
‘In death you lose the covering that was on your life.’
‘One journey through life, live life to the full, death will never have power over you.’
‘If you learn to let go of things, you learn to die spiritually in little ways during your life. When you let go a greater generosity, openness and breath comes into your life.’
‘Ego is a defensive shell we pull around our lives, if afraid it is threatened and grasping, very competitive and protective. Soul has no barriers.’
‘Life is a band of light between the darkness. All we do here is invent games to pass the time.’
‘Eternal life means, goodness, unity, beauty, truth and love are no longer distant from us but are completely present with us. You are home, with the infinite.’
John O’Donohue – Anam Cara

‘Many of our problems derive from not being able to sit still in a room.’
Pascal

‘It is man who makes truth great, no truth that makes man great.’
Confuscius

‘To ride, to draw the bow, to tell the truth.’
Persian phrase

‘To hold breath is to lose it, to lose one’s life is to find it.’
‘The Tao is like the empty sky, to know is to mis-understand, to not know is blind ignorance.’
‘Never anything but the present, if we cant live there, where can we live?’
Alan Watts

‘Youth is wasted on the young.’
Goethe

‘Every angel is dangerous.’
Riilke

‘What the caterpillar calls the end of the world,
The master calls a butterfly.’

‘How do you know but that ev’ry
Bird that cuts the airy way
Is an immense world of delight,
Clos’d by your senses five.’
Blake

‘The mind is not large enough to contain itself. Where can the port of it be which it does not contain? Is it outside itself and not within?’
St Augustine

‘Where does the light go when the candle is blown out.’
Medieval mystic
‘Work with a creative and kind eye and you will create great beauty.’
Meister Eckhart

‘I am standing in my own way.’
German Saying

‘Perfection is the fulfilment of the fully lived and inhabited life.’
Hoderlion

‘In the presence of great music we have no alternative but to live nobly.’
Sean O’Faolan

‘A little space for the rose breath to fill.’
‘One man loved the pilgrim soul in you and loved the sorrows of your changing face.’
Yeats

‘I want to do with you what spring does to cherry trees.’
Pablo Neruda

‘Love is always patient and kind; love is never boastful or conceited; it is never rude or selfish; it does not take offence, and it is not resentful…..Love is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope and to endure what comes…….Perfect love casts out all fear.’
St Paul – Corinthians

‘When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart.’
Boris Pasternak

‘Our feelings towards our friends reflect our feelings towards ourselves.’
Artistotle

‘Forget the self and you will fear nothing.’
‘Freedom cannot be measures, freedom is and adventure without end, in which we risk our lives and much more for a few moments of something beyond words, beyond thoughts or feelings. To seek freedom is the only driving force I know, freedom to fly off into infinity, freedom to dissolve, to lift off; to be like the flame of a candle, which is spite of being up against the light of a billion stars, remains intact, because it never pretended to be more than it is: a mere candle.’
‘Self importance is the nemesis of mankind.’
Don Juan

‘Your mind, if you have one, is not in your head; instead, your head is in your mind, because your mind, understood from the standpoint of vison, is space.’
‘What you do is more important than what you did,’
‘The world is you.’
Alan Watts

The art of living is to operate in the world as if you were absent.
KNOW HOW or NO-HOW? YOU’RE NOT WRONG AND I’M NOT RIGHT.
‘It is easy enough to stand still; difficulty is to walk without touching the ground.’
‘Man, at his birth, is supple and tender. But in death, he is rigid and hard. Plants when they are growing are soft and supple. But in death, they are brittle and hard. So, suppleness and tenderness are the characteristics of life and rigidity and hardness are the characteristics of death.’
‘When your belt is comfortable you don’t feel it, when your shoes are comfortable it is as if you were not wearing any.’
‘The highest form of man uses his hsin (mind/heart) like a mirror – it grasps nothing, it refuses nothing, it receives but does not keep.’
“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.”
Lao Tzu

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Whenever you are sincerely pleased, you are nourished.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore, is not an act but a habit.”
Aristotle

….lead to the promotion of [at the very least] contentment in all activities- immersion/thorough involvement being the goal and the major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be more than you get, as the great value of life is not what you get, it is realising who you are and what and who you can become.
…..if we do not cherish our own lives we will have little respect for the lives of others.
….nurturing the natural and negating the negative….
Kisen

‘It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.”
Desiderius Erasmus [1466-1536]

‘The light heart lives long.’
Irish proverb

“The wise adapt themselves to circumstances as water moulds itself to the pitcher.”
Chinese proverb

“Life is just one thing after another!”
Elmore Leonard

“The living self has one purpose only: to come into its own fullness of being, as a tree comes into full blossom, or a bird into Spring beauty, or a tiger into lustre.”
D.H. Lawrence

“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”
George Bernard Shaw

“What is life?” “It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”
Crowfoot- Native American Blackfoot Warrior [1820-1890]

Twas brilig and the slythy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe. All mimsy were the borogroves and the momrath did outgrabe
Lewis Carrol

“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try to express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.”
John Lennon

‘Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.’
Confuscius

‘One father is more than 100 schoolmasters.’
‘a society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.’
Greek proverb

‘Since in order to speak, one must first listen,
Learn to speak by listening.’
‘No mirror ever became iron again;
No bread ever became wheat;
No ripened grape ever became sour fruit.
Mature yourself and be secure from a change for the worse.
Become the light.’
‘Little by little, wean yourself. This is the gist of what I have to say. From an embryo whose nourishment comes in the blood, move to an infant drinking milk, to a child on solid food, to a searcher after wisdom, to a hunter of invisible game.’

Mevlana Rumi (1207 – 1273)

‘To go out of your mind once a day is tremendously important, because by going out of your mind you come to your senses. And if you stay in your mind all of the time, you are over rational, in other words you are like a very rigid bridge which because it has no give, no craziness in it, is going to be blown down by the first hurricane.’

“A fool who persists in his folly becomes wise”

‘No longer should you see yourself as a stranger, cold and afraid in a world you never made.
You are this Universe. And you are creating it at every moment because it starts now.
It didn’t begin in the past there was no past. If the universe was born in the past, when that happened it was now.
And it is still now.’
Alan Watts

I placed one foot on the wide plain
of death, and some grand immensity
sounded on the emptiness.
I have felt nothing ever
like the wild wonder of that moment.

Rumi

How fortunate are you and I
who’s home is timelessness.
We who have wandered down
from fragrant mountains of eternal now
to frolic in such mysteries
as birth and death
a day, or maybe even less…

e.e Cummings

Reality can be what you desire it to be but in the end it’s no-thing you think it is. – Tat Tvam Asi
“…the undivided mind is aware of experience as a unity, of the whole as itself, and that the whole nature of the mind and awareness is to be one with what it knows, suggests a state usually called love.”
Alan Watts
All wealth is the product of labour.
John Locke

Beauty is no quality in things themselves. It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principals.
Human Nature is the only science of man; and yet has been hitherto the most neglected.
David Hume

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