Love Temple Wisdom No. 54

"I stuck my head out the window this morning and spring kissed me bang in the face." Langston Hughes
“I stuck my head out the window this morning and spring kissed me bang in the face.”
Langston Hughes

Today’s mantra: breathing in peace, breathing out love.

Copyright 2014 Ajua Hawkins

Love Temple Wisdom No. 53

"It's so nice to get flowers while you can still smell the fragrance." - Lena Horne
“It’s so nice to get flowers while you can still smell the fragrance.” –
Lena Horne

Today’s mantra: my path is love.

Photography by Ajua Hawkins.

Copyright 2014 Ajua Hawkins

Love Temple Wisdom No. 50

"The best and shortest road towards knowledge of truth is Nature." - Temple of Luxor Proverb
“The best and shortest road towards knowledge of truth is Nature.” – Temple of Luxor Proverb

Photography by Ajua Hawkins.

Copyright 2014 Ajua Hawkins

Love Temple Wisdom No. 47

"The greatness of the man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively" - Bob Marley
“The greatness of the man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”
– Bob Marley

Today’s mantra: Be impeccable with my word.

Photography by Ajua Hawkins.

Copyright 2014 Ajua Hawkins

Love Temple Wisdom No. 45

"Find the good. It's all around you. Find it, showcase it and you'll start believing in it." - Jesse Owens
“Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it and you’ll start believing in it.”
– Jesse Owens

Photography by Ajua Hawkins.

Copyright 2014 Ajua Hawkins

Love Temple Wisdom No. 44

“Wherever forests have not been mowed down, wherever the animal is recessed in their quiet protection, wherever the earth is not bereft of four-footed life - that to the white man is an 'unbroken wilderness.'  But for us there was no wilderness, nature was not dangerous but hospitable, not forbidding but friendly. Our faith sought the harmony of man with his surroundings; the other sought the dominance of surroundings. For us, the world was full of beauty; for the other, it was a place to be endured until he went to another world. But we were wise. We knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard.”  ― Chief Luther Standing Bear
“Wherever forests have not been mowed down, wherever the animal is recessed in their quiet protection, wherever the earth is not bereft of four-footed life – that to the white man is an ‘unbroken wilderness.’
But for us there was no wilderness, nature was not dangerous but hospitable, not forbidding but friendly. Our faith sought the harmony of man with his surroundings; the other sought the dominance of surroundings.
For us, the world was full of beauty; for the other, it was a place to be endured until he went to another world.
But we were wise. We knew that man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard.”
― Chief Luther Standing Bear

Photography by Ajua Hawkins.

Copyright 2014 Ajua Hawkins.

Love Temple Wisdom No. 43

“It is blasphemy to separate oneself from the earth and look down on it like a god. It is more than blasphemy; it is dangerous. We can never be gods, after all - but we can become something less than human with frightening ease.”  ― N.K. Jemisin
“It is blasphemy to separate oneself from the earth and look down on it like a god. It is more than blasphemy; it is dangerous. We can never be gods, after all – but we can become something less than human with frightening ease.”
― N.K. Jemisin

Photography by Ajua Hawkins.

Copyright 2014 Ajua Hawkins

Love Temple Wisdom No. 42

“People today have forgotten they're really just a part of nature. Yet, they destroy the nature on which our lives depend. They always think they can make something better. Especially scientists. They may be smart, but most don't understand the heart of nature. They only invent things that, in the end, make people unhappy. Yet they're so proud of their inventions. What's worse, most people are, too. They view them as if they were miracles. They worship them. They don't know it, but they're losing nature. They don't see that they're going to perish. The most important things for human beings are clean air and clean water.”  ― Akira Kurosawa
“People today have forgotten they’re really just a part of nature. Yet, they destroy the nature on which our lives depend. They always think they can make something better. Especially scientists. They may be smart, but most don’t understand the heart of nature. They only invent things that, in the end, make people unhappy. Yet they’re so proud of their inventions. What’s worse, most people are, too. They view them as if they were miracles. They worship them. They don’t know it, but they’re losing nature. They don’t see that they’re going to perish. The most important things for human beings are clean air and clean water.”
― Akira Kurosawa

Photography by Ajua Hawkins.

Copyright 2014 Ajua Hawkins.

Love Temple Wisdom No. 41

“Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it's beauty.”  ― Albert Einstein
“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”
― Albert Einstein

Photography by Ajua Hawkins.

Copyright 2014 Ajua Hawkins

 

Love Temple Wisdom No. 40

“When the grass is greener at other people's feet, it is not because the grass chose to take up that complexion. But it is because, they have deliberately irrigated it on regular accounts.”  ― Israelmore Ayivor
“When the grass is greener at other people’s feet, it is not because the grass chose to take up that complexion. But it is because, they have deliberately irrigated it on regular accounts.”
― Israelmore Ayivor

Photography by Ajua Hawkins.

Copyright 2014 Ajua Hawkins

Love Temple Wisdom No. 39

“In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.”  ― Paulo Coelho
“In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.”
― Paulo Coelho

Photography by Ajua Hawkins.

Copyright 2014 Ajua Hawkins

De Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam

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One of my favorite things to do while traveling abroad is to visit a city’s botanical garden. De Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam did not disappoint. I fell into a plant-lover’s wonderland, eyes-wide brimming with joy, excitedly taking in the majestic beauty of it all. The serene energy emanating from the luscious gardens swept me into such a peaceful state of mind. Oh, how I longed to move my things in and make De Hortus Botanicus my home!

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Love Temple Wisdom No. 35

"Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved. You ever notice that trees do everything to git attention we do, except walk?" - Alice Walker, The Color Purple
“Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved. You ever notice that trees do everything to git attention we do, except walk?” –
Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Today’s mantra: I walk in peace.

Photography by Ajua Hawkins.

Copyright 2014 Ajua Hawkins

Love Temple Wisdom No. 32

"At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don't need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens -- that letting go -- you let go because you can. The world will always be there -- while you sleep it will be there -- when you wake it will be there as well. So you can sleep and there is reason to wake." -- Toni Morrison
“At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don’t need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens — that letting go — you let go because you can. The world will always be there — while you sleep it will be there — when you wake it will be there as well. So you can sleep and there is reason to wake.”
— Toni Morrison

Today’s mantra: love.

Photography by Ajua Hawkins.

Copyright 2014 Ajua Hawkins