Infinite Love for Bill Nunn

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In loving memory of Bill Nunn.
Bill’s body lived from October 20, 1953 to September 24, 2016, but his spirit lives on.
WE LOVE YOU, BILL! Thank you for being you, and for being so generous with your life & spirit. You are forever with us.

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Presence in Practice

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I’m going to share with you several videos I’ve watched several times. Each time I watch them I am absolutely speechless at the truth and insight they share. They don’t share a popular view or common perspective, so I’m not sure as to what percentage of the population will be able to see their value. When I come across videos like these, it’s like finding a glass of cool, clean, drinking water, after forgetting how thirsty I’ve been. It’s humbling. And it’s a sobering reminder of what really matters to me. I often forget, because I get lost in the maze of consumerism and manipulative mass culture. I don’t get lost in it wildly, but just enough to lose sight of what’s most important.

Below is an interview with Jon Butler (in two parts) and another with John P. Milton. They come from vastly different backgrounds, but are essentially saying the same thing.

“In order to be who we are, we have to come out of what we are not.” … “Timeless, spaceless, indescribable pure being; being oneself. I Am. That’s what it’s all about, discovering oneself. Discovering what we are. And when we discover what we are, we can begin to be of use.” -John Butler

Artwork snagged from the amazing Instagram account of @charlie_davoli

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What You Really Want

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Anais Nin: Love, Courage & Hustle

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“We are going to the moon — that is not very far. Man has so much farther to go within himself.”

“Living never wore one so much as the effort not to live.”

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

“You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.”

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

“Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.”

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

“When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.”

“Good things happen to those who hustle.”

All quotes by Anais Nin

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Marcus Aurelius: Death, Power & Beauty

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“The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer.”

“Death smiles at us all; all we can do is smile back.”

“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.”

“Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.”

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”

“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”

“Don’t go on discussing what a good person should be. Just be one.”

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”

“Everything that happens happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so.”

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”

“Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life.”

All quotes by Marcus Aurelius

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Hafiz: Fear, Love & Happiness

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“One regret dear world, that I am determined not to have when I am lying on my deathbed is that I did not kiss you enough.”

“Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions.”

“Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.”

“When all your desires are distilled; you will cast just two votes: to love more, and be happy.”

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Words of Martin Buber

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“True beings are lived in the present, the life of objects is lived in the past.”

“Mundus vult decipi: the world wants to be deceived. The truth is too complex and frightening; the taste for the truth is an acquired taste that few acquire.”

“One cannot in the nature of things expect a little tree that has been turned into a club to put forth leaves.”

“The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable: through the embracing of one of its beings.”

“I do not accept any absolute formulas for living. No preconceived code can see ahead to everything that can happen in a man’s life. As we live, we grow and our beliefs change. They must change. So I think we should live with this constant discovery. We should be open to this adventure in heightened awareness of living. We should stake our whole existence on our willingness to explore and experience.”

“The atheist staring from his attic window is often nearer to God than the believer caught up in his own false image of God.”

“This is the eternal origin of art that a human being confronts a form that wants to become a work through him. Not a figment of his soul but something that appears to the soul and demands the soul’s creative power. What is required is a deed that a man does with his whole being.”

“To look away from the world, or to stare at it, does not help a man to reach God; but he who sees the world in Him stands in His presence.”

“Solitude is the place of purification.”

“Every person born into the world represents something new, something that never existed before, something original and unique….If there had been someone like her in the world, there would have been no need for her to be born.”

“We can be redeemed only to the extent to which we see ourselves.”

“Spirit in its human manifestation is man’s response to his You. Man speaks in many tongues – tongues of language, of art, of action – but the spirit is one; it is response to the You that appears from the mystery and addresses us from the mystery. Spirit is word. And even as verbal speech may first become word in the brain of man and then become sound in his throat, although both are merely refractions of the true event because in truth language does not reside in man but man stands in language and speaks out of it – so it is with all words, all spirit. Spirit is not in the I but between I and You. It is not like the blood that circulates in you but like the air in which you breathe. Man lives in the spirit when he is able to respond to his You. He is able to do that when he enters into this relation with his whole being. It is solely by virtue of his power to relate that man is able to live in the spirit.”

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