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A Quote by Jónas Hallgrímsson on lafur the white poet, prose edda, earth, living, ancient, powerful, animated, and alive

On the other hand Ólafur the White Poet --- or whoever he was, the Icelander who wrote the Preface to the Prose Edda --- describes the beliefs of our ancestors in such eloquent and powerful terms that I cannot refrain from quoting them exactly as they stand in his book.

"They pondered and wondered what it meant," he says, "that the earth and the animals and birds had certain characteristics in common, though they were very unlike in form. To take one such characteristic: if you dig into the earth at the top of high hills, you come upon water without needing to delve down any farther than you do in low valleys. Similarly with animals and birds: the blood flows at no deeper level in their heads than in their feet.

"It is another characteristic of the earth that every year she produces plants and flowers which decay and die that same year. Similarly, animals and birds grow hair and feathers every year, then shed them.

"It is a third characteristic of the earth that when she is cut open or dug into, grass will grow on the soil that is turned upward. From this --- and from their interpretation of rocks and stones as being like the teeth and bones of animals --- they drew the conclusion that the earth was animated, was somehow alive, and they realized that she was incredibly ancient in terms of years and quintessentially powerful: she gave birth to all living things and reclaimed everything that died. Therefore they gave her a name and traced their origin to her."

 

Although we know today that the earth is not a living being in the sense that plants or animals are, and that her various parts are not interdependent (as are the muscular and circulatory systems of animals, or the roots and leaves of grasses and flowers), nevertheless the speculations of this ancient sage are so pleasing and vivid that no one should really make fun of them. In his day men had no inkling of the timeless forces that operate to regulate the motion of the heavenly bodies, and though they were actively engaged in mining metals from the depths of the earth, it had not occurred to anyone to investigate the various geological strata lying one on top of the other, or to distinguish between streams of water (whose movement obeys the law of gravity) and the blood of animals and sap of trees (whose flow is regulated by other laws).

Jónas Hallgrímsson

Source: On the Nature and Origin of the Earth. http://www.library.wisc.edu/etext/Jonas/Edli/Edli.html

Contributed by: Meenakshi

A Quote by Saint Ignatios of Antioch on god, christanity, teaching, actions, living, virtues, goodness, spirituality, and knowledge

We recognize a tree by its fruit, and we ought to be able to recognize a Christian by his action.  The fruit of faith should be evident in our lives, for being a Christian is more than making sound professions of faith.  It should reveal itself in practical and visible ways.  Indeed it is better to keep quiet about our beliefs, and live them out, than to talk eloquently about what we believe, but fail to live by it.

Saint Ignatios of Antioch

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

Contributed by: boyznamedsue

A Quote by Saint Isidore of Pelusium on god, christanity, teaching, actions, living, virtues, goodness, spirituality, and knowledge

First do, then teach, according to the example of our Lord Jesus.

Saint Isidore of Pelusium

Source: http://www.antiochianladiocese.org

Contributed by: boyznamedsue

A Quote by Cheewa James on native american, life, living, and proverbs

Learn how to withhold judgment
Learn to listen
Get in touch with your own inner self
Look at life with joy
Don't ever cry over something that cannot cry over you.

Cheewa James

Source: Catch The Whisper of the Wind by Cheewa James

Contributed by: Shadowalker

A Quote by Abraham-Hicks on life, suffering, and living

Your life is supposed to feel good to you.

Abraham Hicks

Source: The Vortex: Where the Law of Attraction Assembles All Cooperative Relationships, Pages: 3

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Micheal Teal on soul, humankind, glory, beauty, joy, positive, energy, and living

My soul is a sanctuary of enlightenment where the enhancing flow of positive energy communicates a peaceful message of love. Beauty and joy embraces my spirit as i savour and celebrate the glory of all living things. I have found empowerment through spirituality and it is my desire to use that power to radiate goodness and contribute wisdom, wellness and bliss to all humankind

Micheal Teal

Source: Micheal Teal - Poet , Philosopher and Cybershaman

Contributed by: oldman

A Quote by Bernie S. Siegel on life, living, appreciation, gratitude, and presence

Every day is my best day; this is my life; I am not going to have this moment again.

Bernie Siegel

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Paulo Coelho on tea, simplicity, perfection, beauty life, ordinary, and living

In Japan, I took part in a tea ceremony. You go into a small room, tea is served, and that’s it really, except that everything is done with so much ritual and ceremony that a banal daily event is transformed into a moment of communion with the universe.

The tea master, Okakura Kakuzo, explains what happens:

“Tea ceremony is a way of worshipping the beautiful and the simple. All one’s efforts are concentrated on trying to achieve perfection through the imperfect gestures of daily life. Its beauty consists in the respect with which it is performed. If a mere cup of tea can bring us closer to God, we should watch out for all the other dozens of opportunities that each ordinary day offers us."

Paulo Coelho

Source: Like The Flowing River-Thoughts

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Anne Morrow Lindbergh on life, simplicity, choice, complexity, and living

For the most part, we, who could choose simplicity, choose complication.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Og Mandino on clutter, purpose, success, presence, life, and living

Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!

Og Mandino

Contributed by: Siona

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