The Magical Times

Jennifer Anne Nelson
Daughter of the Desert

settle into yourself
and never be afraid


each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead

—John Updike

natgeofound:

A fortune teller displays her cards in Jemaa el Fna square in Marrakesh, Morocco, June 1971.Photograph by Thomas J. Abercrombie, National Geographic

natgeofound:

A fortune teller displays her cards in Jemaa el Fna square in Marrakesh, Morocco, June 1971.Photograph by Thomas J. Abercrombie, National Geographic

Whom the gods wish to destroy, they give unlimited resources……

And out of destruction SOMETHING will be created

What would you have it be?

Whom the gods wish to destroy, they give unlimited resources……

And out of destruction SOMETHING will be created

What would you have it be?

The Great Divide
3 mm x 3 mm, 2014
Mixed Technique
The Drawing Table

The Great Divide
3 mm x 3 mm, 2014
Mixed Technique
The Drawing Table

I love old books

I love old books

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.

—Friedrich Nietzsche

Almost all of the religions and mythologies I’ve studied say a very similar message, one that Joseph Campbell, the mythologist, summarizes in some of his work: Don’t do anything that isn’t play. And what they mean by play is willingly contributing to life. So, don’t do anything to avoid punishment; don’t do anything for rewards; don’t do anything out of guilt, shame, and the vicious concepts of duty and obligation. What you do will be play when you can see how it enriches life. I get that message from my understanding not only of the Buddha, but also from what I have learned about Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. I think it’s a natural language. Do that which contributes to life.

—Practical Spirituality. Reflections on the Spiritual Basis of Nonviolent Communication