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"In the spring, trees produce beautiful, fragrant blossoms. The blossoms on the tree of mindfulness are our concentration…After the blossoms have dropped off of our tree of mindfulness, concentration gives birth to insight, which is the delicious fruit that we enjoy in the summer and fall. And insight nourishes us, just like mindfulness, just like concentration; they're all connected. Insight liberates us from our suffering, our worries."—Thich Nhat Hanh, "Together We are One"p. 141


"May the tree of our life be firmly rooted in the soil of love.

Let good deeds be the leaves on that tree.

May words of kindness form its flowers.

May peace be its fruit.

Let us grow and unfold as one family united in love."

—Sri Mata Amritanandamayi


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Taken on February 12, 2011