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So many are seeing (and being) the same old things…



We talk to ourselves internally all of the time; most of us do this most of the time.  Most of us delineate and interpret the phenomena of the world through words and learned images.  Words are the modus operandi by which and through which most of our minds function.  We recognize the world’s phenomena by words, patterns, and images which we have absorbed from others.  We continue to categorize and measure via learned words; we are not separate from what these patterns of words are, though we think (as we were told) that we (from some kind of internal distance) “use” them.   All words are symbolic.

Divinity itself is even promised by others via words.  They tell you to read and believe in a certain book, or system, or series of stories; then, so they say, you will come closer to the divine.  Some will even claim to give you what can reach the divine (by way of repeating certain special words or mantras over and over again).  

It’s all too easy to follow and cling to the words of others (especially when they promise to give you something fantastic, just like so many politicians do).  It is easy because each of us clings to words repetitiously (as a habit) day in and day out.  What isn’t easy — what is arduous and what is rarely done by anyone in this violent, chaotic world of ours — is to understand one’s mind (from moment to moment) throughout the day, without merely being dependent upon symbols, images, separation, judgement, conflict, control, and what was absorbed from others.

Unfurling (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Unfurling (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Unfurling (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Unfurling (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

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  1. Reading this post of yours, I am thinking, “A picture is worth a thousand words”…very nice pics (I especially love the effects that you applied to the bottom one, it almost looks like a metal print) 🙂


  2. your words and thoughts enlightened my day, Thomas, as well as your photo. Have a nice day, too, regards Mitza


  3. Man like picture of fiddlehead. Man like eat fiddlehead too.


  4. Ah – to understand one’s mind – I wish!
    Very interesting post – words have become so important to our communication, but much more is said in silences.
    And what an amazing plant you captured 🙂


  5. Moments are so overlooked by most of us because of the busyness of our days. A brain tumor actually released me from me. I had no choice but to find my moments and make something wonderful out of them. Good read Tom


    • I was just commenting to my wife today about how so many people we know of have (or had) brain cancer. We watched a special today about how the polio virus (of all things) combined with chemotherapy has had some remarkable success with brain cancers. I hope you continue to do well, Alesia! 🙂
      More people need to take alpha lipoic acid as a supplement as they age. It is one of the few vitamins/antioxidants that penetrates the blood-brain barrier. We synthesize it naturally when we are young, but as we age we become unable to make as much.


      • I had heard about Alpha lipoic acjd. I will look into that. Thx I am doing fairly well. I have the reminder of pain, but hey I am alive and blessed. Be well.

  6. Interesting topic, words are mantras, however, they are also weights on the mind, which needs to be free of thoughts and words to replenish.

    Terrific pics. 🙂


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