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. 49

“I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?”  ― John Lennon
“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?”
― John Lennon

Today’s mantra: no fear.

Photography by Ajua Hawkins.

Copyright 2014 Ajua Hawkins

Love Temple Wisdom No. 48

"All is within yourself. Know your most inward self and look for what corresponds with it in nature." - Temple of Luxor Proverb
“All is within yourself. Know your most inward self and look for what corresponds with it in 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. 46

"You will free yourself when you learn to be neutral and follow the instructions of your heart without letting things perturb you. This is the way of Maat." - Temple of Luxor Proverb
“You will free yourself when you learn to be neutral and follow the instructions of your heart without letting things perturb you. This is the way of Maat.” – Temple of Luxor Proverb

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

Rita Rouge

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On our first night in Barcelona, I was excited to experience the restaurant Iposa. We arrived ready to chow down! However, the restaurant was closed for the evening. Fortunately, Rita Rouge was located directly adjacent to Iposa so we dipped in to enjoy their delightful fare.

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Love Temple Wisdom No. 38

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”-Buddha
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”-Buddha

Today’s mantra: my path is Love.

Photography by Ajua Hawkins.

Copyright 2014 Ajua Hawkins

Love Temple Wisdom No. 37

"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world." - Buddha
“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”
– Buddha

Today’s mantra: I am healed.

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

Iposa

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I was quite delighted to find that the Yelp! app worked abroad. Upon our arrival to Barcelona last week, I quickly searched for top restaurants in the area of our Airbnb apartment, located in the Gotic quarter adjacent to La Rambla. Iposa was highly recommended and we headed over to check it out. Unfortunately, it was closed for dinner that night. However, it was the perfect place to sit outside and enjoy some amazing seafood right after our hike through Park Guell.

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