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Reflecting by the lake

Winter has come for many of us. A time for endurance, truth, creativity and most of all, reflection. Have we lived well in 2016? No doubt we have been doing our best in difficult circumstances. Being here is tough!

I love to watch the seasons pass, each has its own characteristics and gifts. Nature offers a beautiful reminder of my own lifes journey, from spring to winter, and guidance in how best to live well in the seasons of this life. In winter I appreciate stillness, learning to forgive and heal, myself and others.

The world is a rocky place, filled with distractions and conflict, but a healthy connection with nature and the earth is central part of contentment, happiness and fulfilment. I have a great relationship and responsibility when I realise that I am an essential part of nature and life cannot be sustained without the vitality of the earth. My life, in so many ways, is a fragile harmony.

I was reading this this morning and found it focused my mind on a simpler path of appreciation (many traditions refer to the earth as ‘her’ or ‘Mother’ and I like it):

‘Every particle of us comes from her
Through the food we take from her daily.

We all start out as tiny seeds.
We have grown to our present state and status
Through what she provides.

She is truly our Mother
And must be acknowledged and respected.’

– Ogala Peace Pipe Ceremony

We once, as a human family on each continent of the earth, lived in balance with nature. With this approach and sentiment maybe our collective love of money and power will be transformed and we can reclaim our own balance with love and respect for ourselves and each other; Mother Earth, wise nature and every living thing.

We are all highly sensitive beings, it is no wonder there is so much fear, anxiety and feelings of isolation and resentment. The way that our societies approach life and treat nature is rotten at the roots. We are treated like cold machines, when in reality, we are warm breezes.

Each morning brings fresh opportunities. So many chances to change, build deeper and more sustaining relationships, making ourselves stronger with unity and love, giving ourselves the strength to ride out even the roughest of times with dignity and respect. An example to follow. Each one of us a great leader contributing to a brighter future.

A crisis sometimes just needs a shift in perspective and appreciation of what we are and have.
This is my wish this mornning reflecting by the lake.

Peace and Happiness from Pokhara, NepalX

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“The more knowledge we acquire, the more mystery we find…”

“The more knowledge we acquire, the more mystery we find…A human being is part of the whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical illusion o his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace alll living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”
Albert Einstein

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Find beauty and magic in all things….

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“Life is what you make it,” this is very true.
Find beauty and magic in all things,
and the Love that sees you through.
When you look at the world where you live,
seek not your gain, but what you can give.
When a man is poor, and hungers, and thirsts,
serve not yourself til you serve this man first.
When a man is down and seeks shelter from cold, give him shelter.
You’ll receive blessings untold.
Live by the Golden Rule:
Do unto others as you’d have done unto you.
And always remember:
When you destroy, you destroy a part of you, too.
Life is what you make of it!”

~ Unknown

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Love Never Fails – Corinthians

Irish Sea from Mount Snowdon

Irish Sea from Mount Snowdon

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV) 13

Mount Snowdon from Nantlle Valley

Mount Snowdon from Nantlle Valley

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Believe in your own heart – Gautama Buddha

Do not believe anything
because it is said by an authority,
or if it is said to come from angels,
or from gods,
or from an inspired source.

Believe it only if you have explored it
in your own heart
and mind and body
and found it to be true.

Work out your own path,
through diligence.

~ Gautama Buddha

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An Almost Infinite Library of Inspiring Words and Images via friends at Spirit Science and Metaphysics

Today, I sit here, my head immersed in cyber space via this wonderful little plastic portal of mine (which I bought in Manila for peanuts) just beside the midday kitchen window, festooned in colourful flowers, a rampant aloe plant, its tentacles reaching for the sky, and perfect spirals drawn in wet crayon by the ever lovely Jane.  Above are amulets collected from climes further East of here (or its that the far West?), a mobile made up of coloured welsh glass, fairy lights and the silver/ slate grey light that brings life to these verdant green hills.

So, I sit here, legally high on coffee (some stimulation for the biological mass that has long been part of mystical reflection or just plain old pondering), listening to Touareg’s chant and clap under deep Saharan skies, near a watermelon and the patterns of wax in last nights candle, whole almonds and a small wooden Buddha (from a market in Thailand).  A photography of a wise (is there any other) Bull Elephant stares back at me from the wall, a carved white dove and an ancient looking painting of Shiva and Parvati, nursing an orange Ganesha as a tiger sleeps by their fire, a human skull balances on a copper urn, they drink milk from a clay bowl, deep in a cave.

……this is ground control, this is a not too distant cymbal chiming, this is fresh air passing through, this is woolly slippers on cork floor, this is the prism, the wonder and the joy of being, in a cottage…………..AH!  The crunch of an apple (sometime)…..

I sit here in a form of cosmic union, effortlessly unspeakable and rapt in fascination, viewing the below images and quotes from friends over on a Facebook page named ‘Spirit Science and Metaphysics’ and feeling grateful for the bounty of this vision and the immutable beauty to be found there within.

I step outside to breath in a deeper nature, smelling damp earth and the musk of heather, our hawthorn tree is flowering and in it my sight diffuses to witness gods dancing and laughing in the patterns of its weathered bark, and at sunset, the way the potato plants sway in no breeze draws me deeper into a crystallised state of a rapt twilight wonder, fixed on the fluidity of natural perfection, all moves in unison and the universal dance goes on and on.  On eternal bliss, I teeter, that which incarnates wherever the whistle may blow and that tickles me pink.

I see our cat lying below a wooden bench, stretched out like superman, seemingly oblivious to the busy bees that flit about the courgette flowers.  I feel these thick rock walls and know that they are breathing too.

So here we have it, the modestly epic consequence of caffeine and keyboards….

The internet is so many things, a channel to titilate the mind, a window to more enlightened states of being, a web of connectivity that transcends all boundaries, the saviour of the human race from destructive tenedencies?  How we wield this tool is all important, it has awesome powers.  With the right application/ intention it could create a profound sense of oneness which will spread as we discern our own truth, that which abounds and unifies within all the passwords and profusion of information.  All these tangible ‘access codes’ to the ‘mysterious’ doorway of self discovery.  So real, so immediate, so simple yet ever evolving and illusive.

I now immerse myself in these digital streams, this river of driftwood seeking, like a rock, my mind falls into a pool of almost infinite knowledge (PLOP!), my intuition whisks me where I must be going.  Quite a trip through the wormholes of cyber space, deeper and beyond!  Its all richness layered with greater richness, dissolving as a sugar cube in a cup of freshly brewed chai.

The secrets have been laid bare, the instruction manuals are all there to be used and abused; in black and white, green and red, image and word, all old and all new, westernised and easternised, they just need translating into our living, breathing, thinking form.  The mind, ours free to re-wire and tamper with, wipe clean and leave it that way.  How wonderful!  What a gift!  What a glorious conundrum.

I ask myself, “am I being mindful when operating this little plastic gadget?”  The internet can draw me into a space which is the polar opposite of a meditative state, if I can in some way align the two, I have a fruitful internet session and incredible things begin to mingle and meld on the screen.  This is exactly what is happening now.

Gloriously conscious in this state, vibrant for a time in the richness of being, free to contemplate an end to knowing as a white butterfly passes.

I have surely expressed enough.  From my window to yours, I wish all things love, peace, happiness and a deeper sense of something else stirring their soup.

A humble wish, that you enjoy (in-joy!) the below as much as I did when reading through them.

Namaste fellow turtles and wanderersX

“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.” – Frank Zappa

Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body – George Carlin

Imagination is more important than knowledge – Albert Einstein

“Matter is energy (light), whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.” – Albert Einstein

“Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you’re right and you know it, speak your mind. Speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

The man who has no imagination has no wings. – Muhammad Ali

Gandhi was once asked: “What do you think of Western civilization?” “I think it would be a good idea,” he replied.

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Live Love Meditate Realise

XXXXXXXXThe TurtleXXXXXXXXXX

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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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