Maya Angelou, on Love.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 17, 2012
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Rest in Peace, sweet and powerful woman.

Her’s was a life that encompassed joy and pain, sadness and beauty. So her death does not come as a surprise: she lived so fully and offered of herself so generously.

Death is natural, and okay, and sweet, and so sad. And, there are a few people who leave this world truly the less when they leave us behind.


“You have to have courage to love somebody. Because you risk everything. Everything.” ~ Maya Angelou


Love liberates, it doesn’t bind:
Her voice. I can’t handle it without feeling like crying with happiness.

More Maya Angelou.


Relephant bonus: But before you risk everything for someone else, don’t forget about the most important relationship in your life:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


10 Responses to “Maya Angelou, on Love.”

  1. lindsay says:

    Very powerful. We could all use a little more love in our lives.

  2. AnnaBaldwin says:

    "Love Liberates, it doesn't bind…" From one of my favorite authors, it's an important message we all need to remember not to forget.

  3. greenbless says:

    Maya Angelou was the speaker for my high school graduation. <3

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  4. melissa says:

    love takes courage. LOVE.

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  6. myriamsofialluria says:

    Wonderful!! Thank you!!

  7. Chelsea says:


    The heatless fire consuming itself.
    Again. Anew. Into ever neverlessness.

  8. Amy E says:

    Love = Trust + Respect + Freedom to be yourself. Love does not bind, nor strangle. Love abides.