“It is strange to be here. The mystery never leaves you.”

Pictures from the weekend in the Grayson Highlands for Maddie’s birthday, and some words I was reading by the campfire to go along with them.

“You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.

Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.

Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.

Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.”
― John O’Donohue

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“I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other.” -Rainer Maria Rilke

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“It is a strange and wonderful fact to be here, walking around in a body, to have a whole world within you and a world at your fingertips outside you. It is an immense privilege, and it is incredible that humans manage to forget the miracle of being here. … We are here. We are wildly and dangerously free.” – John O’Donohue

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You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.

-Mary Oliver

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“We do not need to go out and find love; rather, we need to be still and let love discover us.”

– John O’Donohue

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