“Know yourself, allow yourself to be known, and you will have lived.”

“The trees’ canopies, interlacing hundreds of feet overhead, filter out the sky…Among the huge ridged trunks and limbs cushioned thick with mosses, the main impression is of silence, a silence so resilient you can almost press it with your hand and feel its flex.  Rain is filtering through the giants as we walk, but the silence somehow rises to envelop the droplets.  And the running stream. And the bubbling call of the wren. And the sound of our footsteps along the elk trail we are following.  It is a dense web of silence, a silence that includes sounds, a silence that hums with the body electric of an ancient community of living beings.”

Carl Safina, Song for the Blue Ocean


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