"when the first european settlers arrived in what is now the united states, the continent was covered by an estimated 3.2 million square kilometers of forest. in just 500 years, all but 220,000 square kilmoeters have been cleared." — edward goldsmith
images by markley boyer from eric w. sanderson’s mannahatta: a natural history, showing how manhattan — or what the lenape called mannahatta, meaning the island of many hills in their algonquin language — would have looked like prior to european contact.
(not so fun history fact: the word boss comes from the dutch word for master, baas, which was used by slaves and indentured servants who arrived in new york’s ports when the city, having been founded by the dutch, was called new amsterdam.)
The whole idea of spiritual life is to awaken now to your own reality.
Not wait until you die and go to heaven or to try to find some secret works
that will make you feel better.
Now is the only time, there is no other time.
You’re either there or you’re not.
If you’re not you’re nowhere and if you’re there you’re nowhere.
You’re always nowhere because there is nowhere to go.
You’re looking to go somewhere.
This is what brings misery and unhappiness.
When you’re looking to become something to be somebody, to be somewhere.
But if you’re nobody, nowhere, then you are the eternal mystery itself.”
— Robert Adams (via oceanandwave)
The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before the miracle happens.”
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