High-magnification cross section of an aloe plant
Aloe has been used for thousands of years—tracing all the way back to Egypt 6,000 years ago—to heal wounds and burns. This particular micrograph shows cells from Aloe erinacea, an aloe plant native to Namibia that is endangered due to habitat loss. Large, blue cells in the center are called xylem: they conduct water from the roots to the leaves. The small, circular clusters of cells are called phloem: they transport food made by the leaves to the rest of the plant.
Image by Anatoly Mikhaltsov.
Botany is beauty. ~AR
"Each person’s life is like a mandala—a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear, and think forms the mandala of our life"
-Pema Chodron. Living Beautifully with Uncertainty.
image credit: Zen circle balance
Great information for women who practice yoga, especially ashtanga. Saraswathi shares part of her unique story of being a woman ashtanga teacher.
“Body is not stiff. Mind is stiff.”
-Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois
A few times in my life I’ve had moments of absolute clarity. When for a few brief seconds the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel rather than think, and things seem so sharp and the world seems so fresh. It’s as though it had all just come into existence.
I can never make these moments last. I cling to them, but like everything, they fade. I have lived my life on these moments. They pull me back to the present, and I realize that everything is exactly the way it was meant to be.
—Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man (via crashinglybeautiful)