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'Our Birds': Migratory Journeys Converge In Baltimore Gardens

Central American immigrants in Baltimore, MD are helping migratory song birds that make the seasonal journey from their old home countries to the city they now call home.

by Ricardo Sandoval-Palos and Lauren Migaki

A couple of times a month, a group of migrant women and their children gather to plant shrubs and flowers in Baltimore’s expansive Patterson Park.

The gardens feed and shelter migratory birds as part of the Patterson Park Audubon Center’s Bird Ambassadors program.

Neotropical birds like the black-throated blue warbler and the Baltimore oriole migrate from the East Coast down to places like Mexico and Central America for the winter, says Susie Creamer, director of urban education and conservation at the center…

(read more and listen: NPR.org)

photos by Susie Creamer/Patterson Park Audubon Center & USFWS-NE Region

Heard this story on NPR today! So whole-hearted. 

"Judaism condemns Israeli terrorists on the Palestinian Gaza Strip"

Love in Chaos, NYC. (at First & First)

"Judaism condemns Israeli terrorists on the Palestinian Gaza Strip"

Love in Chaos, NYC. (at First & First)

My dearest @jesseplane new piece of me.

She’s incredible and whole-heartedly thriving in her passion. It’s an honor to be the subject in one of her artistic inspirations.

I must say: I eek’ed in excitement when she showed me this, I love the portrayal, especially my face and fingers. She’s just too good.

My dearest @jesseplane new piece of me.

She’s incredible and whole-heartedly thriving in her passion. It’s an honor to be the subject in one of her artistic inspirations.

I must say: I eek’ed in excitement when she showed me this, I love the portrayal, especially my face and fingers. She’s just too good.

Probably the most whole-hearted insurance commercial I’ve ever seen in my life. Kudos to Ogilvy & Mather Bangkok & Thai Life.

enough said.

enough said.

Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.
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The Little Prince (via vrban)

Which means to become love means accepting the risk of pain.

When the time comes for you to make a change, to grow, to do your life in a different way, the universe will make you so uncomfortable, so unhappy, you will eventually have no choice. If you insist on staying in a place you no longer belong in, if you do not grow the courage to do what is necessary to propel yourself forward, you will suffer the consequences, whatever they may be.
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This quote reminds me of Wu-wei: action through inaction. In Taoist thought, if the Universe is like a river, then it will take you where you need to go - the only action you must take is inaction and follow wherever it leads you. Fighting the river is futile, and either way, you must go.

The only question you must ask yourself then is: Will you do so courageously? Or will you have to suffer the consequences before you realize that suffering is not worth the comfort of your fears?

This is the eternal question on Whole-Heartedness: Live your life courageously and authentically or suffer for the comfort of mediocre living?

Don’t turn your head.
Keep looking
at the bandaged place.
That’s where
the Light enters you.
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Rumi (via beingblog)

It’s from that uncomfortable and vulnerable place that truth and growth originate from. 

It kind of reminds me of this quote that has been my unspoken mantra this week: "That which you fear the most, do". I don’t know who said it, it’s probably one of those proverbs translated in a million different languages, a proverb that we can all universally recognize as true. I stepped into my fear, did that which generally terrifies me - looked to the bandaged place and allowed those that have hurt me in the past to come back, forgiven. I thought it was going to be self-destructive, and in fact, it was the opposite. By exposing myself to similar conditions that have destroyed me before, I see how much I have grown and how much stronger I have become (through self-love). It showed me that, that which I fear the most is nothing compared to the greatness I am and the power that I have to overcome all challenges. And it’s for that reason that I think you have to do what you fear the most, because it’s only when you step into the light that your shadow falls behind you. 

If you want more specifics or if this touches you in any way and want someone to talk to, please feel free to inbox me! 

Simon Anholt on whole-heartedness: What Country Does The Most Good in the World?

See where your country stands on the Good Country Index and be sure to check out his answer.

…and have the courage to move on. Failure is the inevitable step to success. Whole-hearted words from Queen Bee aka Mrs. Carter herself, Beyonce.

Live wholly. Whole-hearted words from Ernest Hemingway.

Live wholly. Whole-hearted words from Ernest Hemingway.