“The beauty and mystery of this world
only emerges through affection, attention, interest and compassion . . .
open your eyes wide and actually see this world
by attending to its colors, details and irony.”
“If anything gives meaning to our lives,
rich or poor, yesterday or today, here or elsewhere, it is affection.
Without it, every bit of philosophical or scientific research
will leave us in an existential emptiness.
Life is viable because someone, even just once,
looked at us with love.”
“One might have practiced on a spiritual path for thirty years,
or one might be walking through a dappled wood,
or one might have just met a friend who will be a friend forever—
suddenly love is present, arriving unexpectedly,
as a tender feeling, a fragrance in the heart.”
“Peeling one layer after another
and never once getting close enough to the truth.
A dive into the deeper and darker and hidden corner of his world.
Searching for some kind of light;
for his guidance goodwill and affection.”
“Who else goes to the woods to find peace
only to discover themself in the process?
I find forests unclutter the mind
with each breath the trees afford me.”