Journal

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Twilight Clouds, 2016








"Knowing yourself is the beginning 

of all wisdom." 

               

—Aristotle

















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Cirrus-Molecular Clouds, 2017




The Reward Molecule


"Dopamine is responsible for reward-driven behavior and pleasure seeking. Every type of reward seeking behavior that has been studied increases the level of dopamine transmission in the brain. If you want to get a hit of dopamine, set a goal and achieve it.


Many addictive drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, act directly on the dopamine system. Cocaine blocks the reuptake of dopamine, leaving these neurotransmitters in the synaptic gap longer. There is evidence that people with extraverted, or uninhibited personality types tend to have higher levels of dopamine than people with introverted personalities. To feel more extroverted and uninhibited try to increase your levels of dopamine naturally by being a go-getter in your daily life and flooding your brain with dopamine regularly by setting goals and achieving them."


—Christopher Bergland












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Summer Stem, 2014








"The experience of life should mature you. It is your choice to transform a memory 

into a wound or wisdom."


—Sadhguru

















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Sunset Washes, 2015







"I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts."


—Henry David Thoreau


















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Morning Dewdrops, 2017




"Poetry, music and art have something 

in common with the contemplative 

experience. But contemplation is beyond 

aesthetic intuition, beyond art, beyond poetry....


Contemplation is always beyond our 

own knowledge, beyond our own light, 

beyond dialogue, beyond our own self."


              —Thomas Merton














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Inner Translucence, 2015




"Appreciate what you have. Taking time 

to contemplate what you’re grateful for 

isn’t merely the "right" thing to do. It also improves your mood, because it reduces 

the stress hormone cortisol by 23 percent. Research conducted at the University of California, Davis found that people who worked daily to cultivate an attitude of gratitude experienced improved mood, energy and physical well-being. It’s likely 

that lower levels of cortisol played a major role in this."


               —Dr. Travis Bradberry















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Morning Glory, 2014






"The past is history, 

the future is a mystery, 

and this moment is a gift. 

That is why this moment 

is called ‘the present’."


—Deepak Chopra
















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Chang Pu He Park, 2010




"Imagine yourself as a pebble which has been thrown into a river. The pebble sinks through the water effortlessly. Detached from everything, it falls by the shortest distance possible, finally reaching the bottom, the point of perfect rest. You are like a pebble which has let itself fall into the river, letting go of everything. At the center of your being is your breath."      


                    —Thich Nhat Hahn













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