A Moment of Rest

 

 

“Only when we’re at peace inwardly can we bring some measure of peace to a violent world.”

– Parker Palmer –

 

Treat yourself to hearing Wendell Berry read his brief and beautiful poem, “The Peace of Wild Things”.

Nurture peace, cultivate loving-kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week – Queen Anne’s Lace, large as a dinner plate, with two bees feasting:

Shadow of the Week – leaf shadow on leaf:

 

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“This Present Little Instant”

“No heaven can come to us

unless our hearts find rest in it today.

Take heaven!

No peace lies in the future

which is not hidden in this present little instant.

Take peace!”

– Fra Giovanni Giocondo –

 

Nurture peace, cultivate loving-kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week – a blue poppy from the botanical gardens in Tromso, Norway:

Shadow of the Week:

 

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Sometimes the Answer is Very Simple

“‘Begin at the beginning,’ the King said, very gravely,

‘and go on till you come to the end.

Then stop.'”

– Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

Begin at the beginning, nurture peace, cultivate loving-kindness, and carry the calm until you come to the end. Then the calm will carry you.

Nature of the week – a recent evening visitor:

Shadow of the Week:

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What Do a Moment and a Blossom Have in Common?

 

“Look past your thoughts

so you may drink the pure nectar of this moment.”

– Rumi –

 

Nurture peace, cultivate loving-kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week – A moment and a blossom, both hold nourishment. Three are looking for nectar in this picture: two bees and one ant – see them?

Shadow of the Week – seen through leaves of coleus:

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Which Way to Peace?

“There is no way to peace; peace is the way.”

– A.J. Muste –

(but often attributed to Gandhi)

Nurture peace, cultivate loving-kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week – hollyhock:

Shadow of the Week:

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A Curious Old Word

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A Curious Old Word

This week’s quote contains a word we don’t hear much anymore: partake. But it’s a rich little word, a mashup of two that we use all the time: part and take. Like a puzzle, they’ve been rearranged. They mean take part. If you “take part,” you’re a “part taker.” You partake. Or as we say more often, using a related word, you participate. In the following quote, Milton is stretching out his hand and inviting us to come along. “Partake.” It’s an invitation.

“In those vernal seasons of the year,

when the air is calm and pleasant,

it were an injury and sullenness against Nature

not to go out and see her riches,

and partake

in her rejoicing with heaven and earth.”

– John Milton, Of Education

 

Nurture peace, cultivate loving-kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week ­– a creek I passed on a hike in Norway:

Shadow of the Week:

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To Cherish a Just and Lasting Peace

“With malice toward none; with charity for all;

with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right,

let us strive on to finish the work we are in:

to bind up the nation’s wounds;

to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan,

to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves,

and with all nations.”

– Abraham Lincoln, second inaugural address, 1865 –

 

Nurture peace, cultivate loving-kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week ­– celebrating the summer solstice in Norway:

Shadow of the Week:

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Simple Things

“[G]ive us a heart for simple things:

love, laughter, bread, wine and dreams;

fill us with green growing hope!”

– Barry Rose –

Nurture peace, cultivate loving-kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Long, Easy Strides

 

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Where Does the Sky Begin?

“[T]he sky actually begins at the earth . . .

We breathe it deep within us.”

– Diane Ackerman –

Take a breath of sky today!

Nurture peace, cultivate loving-kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week – a tree casts its shadow in the Japanese Garden at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, Nashville:

 

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Long, Easy Strides

 

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Long, Easy Strides

“Who is narrow of vision cannot be big-hearted;

who is narrow of spirit cannot take long, easy strides.”

– Chinese proverb –

Nurture peace, cultivate loving-kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week – toadstools on a carpet of moss:

Shadow of the Week:

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Being Alive is the Magic