How to really live

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“The hours when the mind is absorbed by beauty are the only hours when we really live, so that the longer we can stay among these things so much the more is snatched from the inevitable Time.” ~Richard Jeffries

How we rush and busy ourselves with our efforts to amass more and more things. In the process, it’s easy to miss out on the beauty that surrounds, even though absorbing that beauty is what brings us most to life. When and how will you make time to let your mind be absorbed by beauty today?

 

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Open hearts

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“If our hearts are ready for anything, we are touched by the beauty and poetry and mystery that fill our world.” ~Tara Brach

We fear keeping our hearts open in this world because we don’t want to be hurt, but an open heart also allows us to be touched by all of the beauty and wonder and joy this world has to offer. How open is your heart?

Let beauty shatter you

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“Allow beauty to shatter you regularly. The loveliest people are the ones who have been burnt and broken and torn at the seams yet still send their open hearts into the world to mend with love again, and again, and again. You must allow yourself to feel your life while you’re in it.” ~Victoria Frederickson

It’s so easy and so tempting to shut down, close ourselves off, and stop feeling our emotions, but we miss so much when we do. Stay open to life. Let beauty shatter you. And keep your heart open through it all to love the world around you.