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A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.

from Zen Shin Talks
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If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete

Gautama Buddha 

Nina Ahn, Untitled, 2014

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Enlarge, Cynthia E. Wood 

The sun also rises, Cynthia E. Wood 

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Karen Radkai for American Vogue, May 1980. Interior of Dan Melnick’s home

Bunpei Shono

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You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation … and that is called loving. Well, then, love your suffering. Do not resist it, do not flee from it. It is your aversion that hurts, nothing else.

Hermann Hesse, Wer lieben kann, ist glücklich: Über die Liebe

Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we but realise it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognise it as such.

Henry Miller