What is Our Task? Any Small, Calm Thing

“Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely.” – poet Clarissa Pinkola Estes

 

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

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

 

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A Winged Heart

 

 

A Winged Heart

“Wake at dawn with a winged heart

and give thanks for another day of loving.”

– Kahlil Gibran –

 

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

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Love as Mist and Flood

“Let your love be like the misty rains, coming softly,

but flooding the river.”

– Malagasy Proverb (Madagascar) –

Nourish peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week – flowering quince:

Shadow of the Week – cat in a puddle of sun:

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When is an Ordinary Sunday Extraordinary?

“Sometimes I have loved the peacefulness of an ordinary Sunday.

It is like standing in a newly planted garden after a warm rain.

You can feel the silent and invisible life.”

Marilynne Robinson

 

The ordinary becomes extraordinary when we open all our senses to it. Be aware. How would you describe it? As a garden? Warm rain? Find your own description. Notice. Feel the silent and invisible life. It’s one way to nourish peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.

This week’s nature and shadow come in one photograph – a fern unfurling.

 

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Live, Breathe, Give: A Child’s Wisdom

This week, two quotes from children’s books seem timely:

“To fear is one thing.

To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.”

– Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved

 

“Live courage, breathe courage and give courage.”

– Dhan Gopal Mukerji, Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon –

 

Nourish peace and cultivate loving kindness. Then live calm, breathe calm, and give calm.

Nature of the week: Japanese apricot blooming at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens:

Shadow of the Week:

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Can We Feel the Eternal?

Can We Feel the Eternal?

“Awe enables us to perceive in the world intimations of the divine,

to sense in small things the beginning of infinite significance,

to sense the ultimate in the common and the simple;

to feel in the rush of the passing

the stillness of the eternal.”

 – Abraham Joshua Heschel, God in Search of Man –

 

Nourish peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week: sunlight glows through a leaf

Shadow of the Week: a fern

 

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Can You Hear an Inch of Silence?

 

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Can You Hear an Inch of Silence?

“Quiet is not an absence of sound but an absence of noise.”

Gordon Hempton

 Treat yourself to 5 minutes of nature’s soundscape in a peaceful inch of the Hoh Rainforest in the Olympic National Park, identified as the “quietest place in the United States.” From that page you can link  to other sounds recorded by Hempton, a sound recording specialist and acoustical ecologist. Enjoy!

Nourish peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week – acorns and leaves on January ground:

Shadow of the Week:

P.S. If you’ve never been to the Hoh Rainforest, place it on your bucket list. Hiking its mossy trails is like stepping into a fantasy world. It’s a habitat for banana slugs, which secrete a slime that has an anesthetizing effect. A park ranger held one across her palm and asked if anyone wanted to lick it. My older son did – and did. With no ill effects. Except an anesthetized tongue.

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Ancient Light

 

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Ancient Light

Distant ancient light

Kisses red winter berries,

Timeless touches time.

– Karyn –

Nourish peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week – winter berries in the rain:

Shadow of the Week:

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Breakfast First

 

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Breakfast First

Happy New Year! If you’re in need of a resolution, here’s one you can adopt:

“Never work before breakfast;

if you have to work before breakfast,

get your breakfast first.”

– Josh Billings –

Wishing you a joyful, peaceful, kind year.

Nourish peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week – a December pansy:

Shadow of the Week:

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The Best of Best Wishes

 

The Best of Best Wishes

“Peace on earth and goodwill to all.”

– Luke 2:14 –

Nourish peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week – in lights for the holidays at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens:

Shadow of the Week – a small Christmas village casts a long shadow:

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A Safe Space

 

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