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A Quote by Caitlín Matthews on awareness, earth, life, music, nature, place, and self

The inapprehensible motion of life escapes our daily awareness, as does the tune of the cosmic dust that orders us all in one great dance of life.  We do not hear it playing until we come to a point where our ordinary and subtle senses are aligned together.  Then we come into harmony and awareness of both worlds at once, the apparent and the unseen worlds in conscious communion within us.  These privileged moments cannot be sought; they come unbidden, surprising us into mystical vision.  It may be that when we interrupt a walk on a high place at evening to admire the view, we apprehend the revolution of the earth as a physical motion beneath our feet; it may be that we become aware of a rhythm that weaves about the steady beating of our own heart as if it were a partner in a dance.

The resonances to which we respond and the relationship between ourselves and the music of life give us the only clues available about the nature of the invisible partner - clues reassuring enough that we can trust the source of our music.

Caitlín Matthews

Source: The Celtic Spirit: Daily Meditations for the Turning Year

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A Quote by Jean Arp on dada, nature, and infinity

dada is direct like nature and like nature wants to give its essential place to each thing. dada is moral the way nature is. dada represents an infinite sense and finite means.

Jean Arp (1887 - 1966)

Source: vases with umbilical cords

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A Quote by Gerontissa Makrina on god, art, beauty, life, spirituality, christianity, truth, and nature

If we do not see the beauty of God in this life then we will never see it in the next life.  We must see the glory of God in the smallest flower.

Gerontissa Makrina

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles and Wisdom of the Saints

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A Quote by Agnes Martin on art, nature, and painting

There’s nobody living who couldn’t stand all afternoon in front of a waterfall .... Anyone who can sit on a stone in a field awhile can see my painting. Nature is like parting a curtain, you go into  it .... as you would cross an empty beach to look at the ocean.

Agnes Martin

Source: Agnes Martin exhibition catalogue, 1996

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on love, imagination, and nature

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by John Muir on walking, outside, spirituality, nature, and spiritual

I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by John Muir on death, dying, nature, unity, wholeness, harmony, universe, and earth

On no subject are our ideas more warped and pitiable than on death...Let children walk with nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life, and that the grave has no victory, for it never fights. All is divine harmony.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by John Muir on nature, wholeness, unity, and interconnection

There is not a fragment in all nature, for every relative fragment of one thing is a full harmonious unit in itself.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by John Muir on nature, beauty, needs, soul, life, play, and prayer

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by John Muir on beauty, nature, exploration, earth, awareness, and discovery

Fresh beauty opens one's eyes wherever it is really seen, but the very abundance and completeness of the common beauty that besets our steps prevents its being absorbed and appreciated. It is a good thing, therefore, to make short excursions now and then to the bottom of the sea among dulse and coral, or up among the clouds on mountain-tops, or in balloons, or even to creep like worms into dark holes and caverns underground, not only to learn something of what is going on in those out-of-the-way places, but to see better what the sun sees on our return to common every-day beauty.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

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