There are some words in the English language that I really don’t like and “withered” is one.  Dry and shriveled, unappealing, that’s for sure.  I hesitate to apply it to a person, let alone any living being.

No matter how worn or tired a person becomes, there is a spirit inside that is still in the experience.  If you listen, you can hear them whisper, sending you an invitation.

That whisper is the universe, seducing your curiosity.

Curiosity is the gateway to aliveness.  It’s up to you to say yes, to lean into the invitation. Take a single step toward aliveness.  Start small and build your joy.

“We are older but not withered. We are like the Tao, always the source of new things.
The years can not harden the suppleness of our soul, nor dry the wellsprings of our heart.
Our flexible mind keeps our body soft and loose. We are like a newborn baby in so many wonderful ways:  open, delighted, curious and unafraid.
It may sometimes seem that the juices are gone. But they are not.
Do something every day that increases suppleness.
Listen to music you’ve never heard before. Read a book by an unfamiliar author.
Practice simple yoga or Tai Chi for your body. Walk in natural beauty.
Talk gently with a lonely person. You will be surprised and delighted at the river of compassion that flows within you.”

from: The Sage’s Tao Te Ching, by William Martin

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Photo credit: Tree Langdon, 2018, Myanmar

Since the 3rd century, many rulers and kings have ruled over Burma (Myanmar).  During each period, Buddha statues were made in a different style.  When we visited Myanmar in January 2018, we were amazed at their number and variety, taking photos until we lost count.  I’m happy to share these images with you, along with selected quotes.