The Yogic sages say that all the pain of a human life is caused by words, as is all the joy. We create words to define our experiences and those words bring attendant emotions that jerk us around like dogs on a leash. We get seduced by our own mantras (I’m a failure… I’m lonely… I’m a failure… I’m lonely… ) and we become monuments to them. To stop talking for a while, then, is to attempt to strip away the power of words, to stop choking ourselves with words, to liberate ourselves from our suffocating mantras.
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
Look at your feet. You are standing in the sky. When we think of the sky, we tend to look up, but the sky actually begins at the earth.
~ Diane Ackerman
Sometimes looking deep into the eyes of a child, you are conscious of meeting a glance full of wisdom. The child has known nothing yet but love and beauty. All this piled-up world knowledge you have acquired is unguessed at by her. And yet you meet this wonderful look that tells you in a moment more than all the years of experience have seemed to teach.
~ Hildegarde Hawthorne
The photo is a little grainy, a little blurry, and to me it’s wonderful just as it was taken. I think Miss Maddy looks like a little Buddha, all lit up with joy.
In another year, maybe less, she’ll have lost the baby face and I’ll stop posting photos of her. I’m glad I can share this one now. 🙂