Music is a language all its own.

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“Its tongue speaks through our feet, our ears, our heart, every miniscule stretch of our soul. Its voice is one of dreams, of hope. … Music is a language that is always present, if only in the blood of our veins and recesses of our memory. If we are quiet, we will hear it in the flowers in the grass, in the wind—even in the moon and the stars in the sky.”

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“Performance” photo courtesy of Maine photographer, Erin Little. Photo and text excerpted from Life Is Full of Sweet Spots – An Exploration of Joy by Mary O’Connor, Abbott Press, © 2013.

 

“The quiet place is the think tank of the soul.”

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“It reaches deeply. By going into nature and letting go, and reaching that deep spiritual level, quiet is quieting. It is also medically healing in that it’s lowering your blood pressure and taking those stress hormones out of your blood stream. But it’s also in the peace of mind. How often do we use the words peace and quiet  together in the same breath?” — Gordon Hempton

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Credits: Soundtracker Gordon Hempton quote excerpted from Life Is Full of Sweet Spots — An Exploration of Joy, Mary O’Connor, Abbott Press, Bloomington, Indiana, © 2013.

Photo of Moose Pond, Bridgton, Maine, courtesy of Margaret Lindsey.

 

“Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.” ― Virgil Kraft

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The color green is said to represent nature, serenity, safety, healing, growth, fertility, harmony, relaxation. When it pokes its head through the debris of winter, it is all of those things.

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Photo credit: Mary O’Connor

Why do we love the sea?

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“It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.”

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Credits: Marble mosaic with ocean life motif, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Lago Mar Resort and Club; Mary O’Connor photo; Robert Henri quote.

“It took a long while for me to know that I’m beautiful.

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“I remember going through this phase when I was younger of wanting to pass by mirrors and not look at them. That was so ridiculous. I’ve learned now that beauty starts from within.” — Kelly Rowland 

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American White Ibis, photo by Mary O’Connor © 2013