Wednesday, March 25, 2009

How to Stay Young

We must remain as close to the flowers, the grass, and the butterflies as the child is who is not yet so much taller than they are.

-Friedrich Nietzsche

8 comments:

V said...

Beauty is truth. Truth beauty.
How to grow old gracefully. Or beautifully.

Dave said...

A wonderful motto to live by.

Eyeshare said...

It is really nice sofia as quoted by a great philospher but i would like to add a view "Fragrance", it has also a great functionality.

In addition, I believe that Music and Fragrance both have got some common attributes. These are really mysterious and have abilities to generate a mysterious effects to the temper.

Shubhajit said...

soul is neither young nor old...forget we are body!

Sophia said...

V,

In an earlier comment of yours on the other blog, you had mentioned how humans are spiritual but still kill animals for food.

Even when we kill plants for food we are still taking lives. (For instance, see "The Secret Life of Plants".)

There is no way around this that I know of aside from starving oneself to death.

The best thing to do, is to thank the creature that has provided your meal. Here is a Native American prayer which may help:

"Now that I am about to eat, O Great Spirit, give my thanks to the beasts and birds whom You have provided for my hunger; and pray deliver my sorrow that living things must make a sacrifice for my comfort and well-being.

Let the feather of corn spring up in its time and let it not wither but make full grains for the fires of our cooking pots, now that I am about to eat."

Obviously you do not have to remember this prayer verbatim, but any prayer of thanks would work.

Sophia said...

Eyeshare,

Good point - we should experience awareness on all levels of our senses. Who could ignore the scent of flowers in the air on a warm spring day, or the smell of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven? Certainly not I! :)

Incense has been around for thousands of years, so it is clear that there is a long-time knowledge of the power of scent.

Sophia said...

Shubhajit,

We are more than our bodies, it is true. But let's not neglect our bodies too much! They are our vehicles in this realm. (I say this to myself as much as I say it to you, as it is easy to become so lost in studies or thoughts of Spirit that we neglect our temples.)

human being said...

"...not yet so much taller than..."