A Lotus Grows in Brooklyn

Autumn Wisdom
October 27, 2010, 8:50 am
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When I walked out my door this morning it struck me that the leaves on the trees in Fort Tryon Park are suddenly changing. Against the dim gray sky and slick black rocks there are brilliant yellows and reds. Perhaps it’s been happening subtly for a time now, but today the transformation is arresting. It got me thinking that one, I wished I could just walk among the trees and not be going to work, and two, that we can look to a natural phenomenon such as this for inspiration to undertake necessary changes in our own lives. On that note, here are some of the better quotes I culled this morning on personal growth. Happy autumn!

“We are either progressing or retrograding all the while. There is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.”

— James Freeman Clarke

“The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.”

— W.E.B. Du Bois

“To change one’s life, start immediately, do it flamboyantly, no exceptions.”

— William James

“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”

— Anais Nin

Photo by harold.lloyd on Flickr, used under Creative Commons license.


Sunset Beginnings
June 8, 2010, 8:03 am
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My latest new start at living my life better began here, at West Harlem Piers Park near my apartment, on Sunday evening, where I sat reading Kenneth Rexroth poems and watching the sun sparkle over the Hudson River while families and couples frolicked around me.

Springtime Came to Harlem
April 5, 2010, 8:48 am
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I took photos near my apartment. Please check them out! 🙂

Click here to experience my photo album on Flickr.

March 24, 2010, 7:10 pm
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This evening I walked to Union Square and was struck by the magnolia blossoms suddenly framing the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

Gandhi said, among many other wonderful things:

“Love never claims, it ever gives; love never suffers, never resents, never revenges itself. Where there is love there is life; hatred leads to destruction.”

Where there is love, there is life. I like that.

Tuesday Wisdom
March 23, 2010, 9:57 am
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A bit of rain has fallen into my life lately, and I find comfort and inspiration in the following quotes I’ve compiled that speak of love, acceptance, hardship, forgiveness, and moving forward. I hope you find them thought provoking as well.

Photos are by my brother Steven. Please see more of his photography over at his blog, Passing Perception.

“The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.” 
                                —Epictetus, Greek Stoic philosopher

“Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.” 
                                —D.H. Lawrence, English author

“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.” 
                                 —John Newton, English Anglican clergyman

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” 
                                —Mahatma Gandhi, Indian political and spiritual leader

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
                                 —Ralph Waldo Emerson, American transcendentalist

“Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.” 
                                —Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian poet

“The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved—loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” 
                                —Victor Hugo, French novelist

“The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.” 
                                —Joan Didion, American author

“To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.” 
                                —George MacDonald, Scottish poet

“Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.” 
                                — Marcus Aelius Aurelius, Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher

Lotus Gets Ready to Bloom
February 24, 2010, 12:48 pm
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Hi there, hardy Lotus Harlem readers!

It’s been a long, difficult winter and I’ve been, alas, too busy with other areas of my life to commit much time to this blog. But as this week’s rains, cold as they are, stir in my blood a presage of spring, so I’m feeling my energy awaken in regard to following the path that leads me through yoga, meditation, mindful eating, and exploring the world with love and excitement.

And I intend to share the journey with you through fun, insightful new blog posts. So come along!



Lotus photo by suchitra prints on Flickr, used under a Creative Commons license.

Compare and Contrast
February 16, 2010, 11:13 am
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