“True beauty comes from within. Our glory has nothing to do with our appearance or our occupation. Our special qualities come from an inner source. We must take care to open and bloom naturally and leisurely and keep to the center. It is from there that all mystery and power come, and it is good to let it unfold in its own time.

Just as a flower goes through stages- bud, open, bloom, pollinate, wither, fruit, fall- each of us will go through the obvious stages of birth to death. We aren’t of a single character throughout our lives. We change and grow. Our identities unfold and bloom. Unless we attain the center and keep to our progressions, we cannot ever reach true independence in our lives.”

Deng Ming-Dao

Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple: Magelang, Indonesia May 6, 2012 (Getty)

“A part of us remains wherever we have been.”

Chinese fortune

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