"Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control. We can love and care for others but we cannot possess our children, lovers, family, or friends. We can assist them, pray for them, and wish them well, yet in the end their happiness and suffering depend on their thoughts and actions, not on our wishes."
Jack Kornfield (via lazyyogi)
"If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another.
The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision.
There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience."
Deepak Chopra (via elige)
Westerlund 2 in X-ray
Westerlund 2 is a young massive obscured star cluster with an estimated age of about one or two million years. It contains some of the hottest, brightest, and most massive stars known. The cluster contains a dozen of O stars, of which at least three are eclipsing binaries.
Futuristic living space, Le Palais Bulles, Designed by fashion designer Pierre Cardin and architect Antti Lovag, ca. 1970s.
A man feeding swans and ducks from a snowy river bank in Krakow
the contrast is insane
relevant to my interests
(NASA) IC 4603: Reflection Nebula in Ophiuchius
Why does this starfield photograph resemble an impressionistic painting? The effect is created not by digital trickery but by large amounts of interstellar dust. Dust, minute globs rich in carbon and similar in size to cigarette smoke, frequently starts in the outer atmospheres of large, cool, young stars. The dust is dispersed as the star dies and grows as things stick to it in the interstellar medium. Dense dust clouds are opaque to visible light and can completely hide background stars. For less dense clouds, the capacity of dust to preferentially reflect blue starlight becomes important, effectively blooming the stars blue light out and marking the surrounding dust. Nebular gas emissions, typically brightest in red light, can combine to form areas seemingly created on an artist’s canvas. Photographed above is the central part of the nebula IC 4603 surrounding the bright star SAO 184376 (actually 8th magnitude) which mostly illuminates the blue reflection nebula. IC 4603 can be seen near the very bright star Antares (1st magnitude) toward the constellation of Ophiuchus.
"Perhaps he was only looking toward the ocean as I had been looking, as if the shore were miraculous, as if the water could wash our souls clean"
Anne Rice - Tale of the Body Thief
"Some say that my teaching is nonsense. Others call it lofty but impractical. But to those who have looked inside themselves, this nonsense makes perfect sense. And to those who put it into practice, this loftiness has roots that go deep."
Lao Tzu (via thecalminside)
"It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed."
Ram Dass (via thecalminside)