The Fountain of Good

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“Winter Flowers”  |  Anthony Satori

“Look within.  Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.”

— Marcus Aurelius

I’ve always been fascinated with, and delighted by, flowers that bloom at night, or in the heart of winter.  I find the mere existence of such joyfully contrarian and ebullient elements in nature to be both refreshing and inspiring.  Winter-blooming flowers are truly demonstrating what it means to dig into one’s own innate “fountain of good,” and to create one’s own most pure and natural beauty from within one’s own true self.

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The Color of the Soul

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“The Color of the Soul”  |  Anthony Satori

“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.”

— Marcus Aurelius

Choose your thoughts carefully, they etch the hue of your Soul.  Choose your words mindfully, they speak to the Universe, and the Universe listens.  Choose your actions purposefully, they tell your Spirit who you are.

Your thoughts, your words, and your actions create your world.

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Desert Stone

“Desert Stone”  |  Anthony Satori

“You must fashion your life one action at a time, and if each attains its own end as far as it can, be satisfied with that.” — Marcus Aurelius

Life is made up of moments.  Just as light and shadow continually move across a landscape, so the texture of any given moment is a living, breathing thing, continually flowing and creating a new vision before your eyes.  Engage with it.  Take the energy that you might otherwise expend worrying about the past or the future, and instead apply that energy toward engaging fully in the present moment.  If you do this, not only will the quality of your immediate experience rise to its highest potential, but a cumulative sense of self-awareness, perspective and overall contentedness will also gradually accrue.  You have the opportunity to be a co-creator in  your life.  The quality of attention that you invest in each moment will determine the quality of positive mindful influence that you can infuse into its content and flow.

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Bright Like a Diamond

"Portrait of M"  |  Anthony Satori

“Portrait of M”  |  Anthony Satori

“The light of the sun seems to be poured down, and to be poured, indeed, in every direction, but not poured away; for this pouring is an extension, and that is why the sun’s beams are called ‘rays’ (aktines), because they are extended (ekteinesthai). 

“And what kind of thing a ray is you can readily see if you look at sunlight entering a darkened room through a narrow opening.  For it stretches out in a straight line and comes to rest, so to speak, on any solid body that intercepts it, cutting off the air that lies beyond; and there it rests, neither slipping off nor falling down.

“The pouring forth and diffusion of our understanding should follow a comparable pattern, and by no means be a pouring away, but rather, an extension; and it should not make a forcible or violent impact on the obstacles that it encounters nor sink down, but stand firm and illuminate the object that receives it, for that which fails to welcome it will deprive itself of light.”

– Marcus Aurelius