October 25, 2011

Listen to Your Heart


Pomegranate kiss.

"Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there."
"Why do we have to listen to our hearts?" the boy asked, when they had made camp that day.

"Because, whenever your heart is, that is where you'll find your treasure."

"But my heart is agitated," the boy said. "It has its dreams, it gets emotional, and it's become passionate over a woman of the desert. It asks things of me, and it keeps me from sleeping many nights, when I'm thinking about her."
"Well, that's good. Your heart is alive. Keep listening to what it has to say."

To be continued...
 
I find the above excerpt from Paulo Coelho's book, The Alchemist, to be incredibly inspiring. Most definitely something I needed to read today. Thought I'd share it with you. xx

P.S. This is the fascinating story of Santiago, a shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the world to seek the most wonderful treasures known to man.

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P.S. Click on the photos for enlarging.

74 comments:

Ciccia said...

Beautiful thoughts! We have the most delicious pomegranate in Sicily. Gorgeous pictures. I am following you from Rome!

....Petty Witter said...

Such beautiful words, thanks for sharing them with us Betty.

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Hello Betty:

It's always good advise to listen to one's heart.

Thanks for the nice pictures also.

Kind regards,
Mike

Sandra said...

my heart and mind have warred with each other my whole life.

AmyLK said...

Beuatiful pictures. I love the excerpt as well. Makes me think what if your heart is silent?

imac said...

Wonderful words and great advice too.

I used to eat these seeds by pricking them out with a pin.

İlhami Uyar said...

I agree with you,you are fair,we must take care our healty,its very important our bodies each branch,with my best wishes stay well

Chatty Crone said...

I think this is a great way to live - but at times is very hard. Life is always working to try to improve ourselves and our hearts. sandie

missing moments said...

Great images and words from a master!

Rui Pires - Olhar d'Ouro said...

I love these fruits.

Beautiful photos!

Thanks

The Blonde Duck said...

You're always inspiring!

TexWisGirl said...

your advice of listening to your heart made me very emotional today. struck a chord inside, i guess...

Leovi said...

Delicious, I love the color that you get in those grenades, really spectacular.

Sylvia K said...

Your words certainly struck a chord with me today, too! Thank you! Hope your week is off to a great start!

Sylvia

Pastor Dennis said...

A kid I grew up with in California raises pomegranates on his family farm, and there is an orchard across the road from my mother's house. These are beautiful pictures and words you have given us.

Shalet Jimmy said...

Hai...after a long gap...I can find a lot of changes in the blog...But loved it...I love Pomegranate and Paulo Coelho..' The Alchemist' is his first book I have read...It's been amazing....

You know something? You grow more beautiful when you eat pomegranates:D

I am so happy to meet all my blogger buddies....

Diane AZ said...

So beautiful and juicy!

Kelly said...

Thanks for sharing the excerpt. I've heard of the book, but not read it.

I love the pomegranate photos, too. It was always fun eating them as a child.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Pomegranate pictures, how lovely to see and to eat, yum.

Fetesha N. Downs said...

Those look absolutely delicious!

ΑΘΗΝΑ said...

Clever poem!Usually when somebody is listening to his heart,he reaches success!

lisa said...

One of my very favorite fruits, and these photographs are just wonderful Betty! I especially love the detail you have captured in the last one.

Thank you so much for sharing these at The Creative Exchange.

Have a wonderful evening!

lisa.

Paper Squid said...

Beautiful, and so true. Sometimes we have to remember this, well at least me, and very good advice right now. Sometimes we force ourselves to do things that maybe instinctively just aren't the right path. Lovely.

Ms. A said...

I know just what he means about his heart being agitated, emotional and keeps him from sleeping. I guess, at least, it means I'm alive.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

texwisgirl, sylvia, those words always have struck a chord with me, too.
so inspiring!:)

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George said...

Thanks for this great advice. I look forward to reading more from this story.

χρυσάνθη said...

Την καρδιά μας πάντα πρέπει να την αφουγκραζόμαστε , γιατί βγάζει συναίσθημα , αρκεί να πηγαίνει χέρι-χέρι με τη λογική!!!!
Υπέροχες οι φωτό με τα ρόδια, καρπός της αφθονίας και της καλοτυχίας!!
Φιλάκια πολλά!

deb duty said...

We are thinking alike. I just bought some pomegranates to photograph. I wish I had a tree full like you!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I don't think I've ever eaten a pom. I live such a sheltered life, Betty. :) Great photos and words. Thank you!

Debbie said...

such beautiful words and photo's. so glad i stopped by!!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I like that excerpt too.

The colors of those pomegranates are very pretty. Nicely done, as always, Betty.

xoRobyn

ladyfi said...

Beautiful words and pictures!

BlueShell said...

It is such an honor for me to come here and read the words of Paulo Coelho. Thank you. Delightful.
Have a kiss.

BlueShell

Kamana said...

why does the heart and mind seem to be sometimes at war? i need some pomegranates now!

Farila said...

i love pomegranates and after seeing those pictures I had to log off .. get some for myself and then log back in after eating them LOL :)
and now off to search for the book online.
Hope everything is fine with you dear Betty

StarTraci said...

Beautiful photos and lovely words. Thanks for the smiles (as always!)

:-)
Traci

ANRAFERA said...

Nice compositions and excellent the text chosen between the great Paulo Coelho.
Very good entry Betty.
Cordial regards and good day.
Ramon

Ángel said...

Excelente trabajo, con unos colores tan naturales ...
Un abrazo

Lynn said...

Lovely. And the pomgranites make me think of my grandmother's back yard. She had them, too.

Bitch said...

Listen to your heart and follow your path. I hope that you found it already!
Thank you for recommending Coelho's
book..
How lovely your photos are!!!
Kisses and big hugs!!!!!!!!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

farila, haha!xx

Craver Vii said...

Great detail in those pomegranite pics. It is a chore to eat one, but the juice is sooooo good!

The text of this post is a tricky subject to comment on because on the one hand, I think I get the point of what people are trying to say, but on the other hand, Jeremiah 17:9 says "The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked..."

Anonymous said...

Nice words!
Very creative pictures of pomegranates.

I like pomegranate juice and I also use it in cooking.

Happy Wednesday!

Enrique G.A. said...

Uyyy, how many tickets I missed ....
Good photos of this seires and good and beautiful thoughts.
Greetings .-

Enrique G.A. said...

Uyyy, how many tickets I missed ....
Good photos of this seires and good and beautiful thoughts.
Greetings .-

ritsa said...

Such nice thoughts and pics! :o)

Leovi said...

Beautiful picture the second, I love the composition frame in the corner.

Small Footprints said...

I adore The Alchemist ... thanks for reminding me that I need to dig it out and read it again. :-) Did those pomegranates grow in your yard. Wow!

Thanks for stopping by my blog ... we've missed you there. And ... I've missed coming here. No excuse except to say that life gets busy and I just don't seem to get around to visit as much as I'd like.

Take Care, my friend!

Cezar and Léia said...

I love this idea! I need to listen my heart here, maybe he can teach me French as well!
Je suis une brésilienne and I also love Paulo Coelho's books!He is very talented!
hugs
Léia

Lucy aka Roeann said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. I love meeting new people. We visit some of the same people. Blogging is a great community. :)

blueviolet said...

I love the photos and the little tale. I'm glad it meant so much to you when you needed it. :)

Nick said...

Love this excerpt from Paulo Coelho's book as well as your photographs of which I think are gorgeous!

"Thank You"!

Nick!

Gattina said...

I love pomegranates too, and it's a long time I have eaten them. But I think the season will start now and I can find them in the shops.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

The next best thing to "Listening to the Heart" is "To listen to the wife" ...

SandyCarlson said...

Inspiring, to be sure. Thank you for this beautiful post.

Randy said...

I really need to read this book too! Wonderful post.

Pat said...

I love the way pomegranates look with their jewel-like seeds. Lovely post.

AJ said...

Beautiful shots and inspiring words!

SquirrelQueen said...

The pomegranates are beautiful and they look delicious.

Good advice, our heart will always show us the way. I like this excerpt and look forward to more.

Amin said...

Beautiful and interesting post!

Kristin said...

Nothing says fall quite like a pom for me!

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barbara l. hale said...

Amazing pomegranate pics! I've never seen on actually on a tree. A real treat. Love those suckers!

Rick said...

Now there's a fruit I've never tasted. Your photos spurred me to google it and find out more about it (and who said blogs couldn't be educational !). Thanks, Betty ! Have a great weekend.

alp said...

Buenísmas fotos de granadas..un abarzo desde Murcia...seguimos...

Georgia said...

Inspiring words, sounds like a great author. Awesome pictures! :o)

KikiMo said...

Wonderful pictures and that excerpt is very inspiring too.

Hugs
Kiki

The Blonde Duck said...

Have you ever read Discovery of Witches?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book and I love your pomegranate pictures too. They are all great! :o)
Thank you.

Unknown Mami said...

The second photo is divine. You should turn it into postcards or cards.

Faith said...

Really nice shots! I especially like the second one - but the composition of all of these is quite nice :)
Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! Hope you'll stop by again soon and maybe join my photography challenge. This week the theme is: my favorite shot of the month.

SandyCarlson said...

Fabulous photos. Thanks for this post that gives me the courage to do what needs doing!

Anonymous said...

texwisgirl, sylvia, those words always have struck a chord with me, too. so inspiring!:)