When Cares Drop Off Like Leaves

 

“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” – John Muir

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Inside Each of Us, a Piece of God

 

“Maybe the desire to make something beautiful

is the piece of God that is inside each of us.”

Mary Oliver

 

Make something that you feel is beautiful this week. You could take a photograph of something that strikes you as beautiful – a plant or an arrangement of rocks beside a driveway or a leaf after the rain. Or you could make a beautiful arrangement of food, like cheese and croutons sprinkled on a bowl of soup. Or trace a wavy design in the steam on your bathroom mirror after a shower. Or toss throw pillows in an interesting arrangement on a bed or couch. Or if you’re inclined, paint or sketch or arrange flowers or rearrange a room. No one else has to think it’s beautiful but you. Rest in the piece of God inside you. And the peace of God inside you.

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

 

 

Shadow of the Week:

 

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The Secret of Beauty

 

“There’s nothing fair nor beautiful, but takes

Something from thee, that makes it beautiful.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

. . . which, of course, means that beauty is within you.

Look for the beauty all around you this week. It’s a sign of the beauty in your own spirit.

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Forward Toward the Sun

 

“Our way is not soft grass,

it’s a mountain path

with lots of rocks.

But it goes upwards,

Forward, toward the sun.”

Ruth Westheimer

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm as you journey upward, forward, toward the sun.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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To Be Human

 

“To be human is to be able to grasp hope,

to hold it tightly to the chest,

to let its nectar seep into our hearts

and give us peace.”

Kaitlin B. Curtice

 

Nurture peace by grasping hope, holding it tightly, and letting it seep into your heart.

Cultivate kindness and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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How Can I Be Calm When I’m Outraged

“There’s a difference between outrage and hate.

Outrage is appropriate.

Hate destroys the soul.”

Diana Butler Bass

 

Outrage needs to be rooted in a deep inner calm and a clear head so that we don’t burn out like sparklers that spew sharp, hot light into the darkness only to sputter out into a burning glow that fades, leaving behind a thin, cold, dull wand. Let your calm be the fuel for the controlled burn of an eternal flame.

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm, even in outrage.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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The Secret of the Beautiful Ones

 

“Time and people change

but the essence of wisdom and justice is the same.

The beautiful ones mirror God’s Beauty . . .”

Rumi

 

Last night, I woke up sometime after midnight and was treated to a beautiful sight: the full moon with the planet Mars nearby. I thought of how the moon wasn’t really shining but was mirroring the light of the sun. It was also mirroring God’s Beauty as all of nature does. We mirror God’s Beauty, too, shining brightest when we reflect Love. And Joy. And Peace . . .

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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The Pulse of Hope and Peace

 

“We shall find peace,

We shall hear angels,

We shall see the sky

Sparkling with diamonds.”

– Anton Chekhov –

 

I think it’s possible to carry within us a sense of calm so strong that the world knows hope and peace simply because of our presence and so powerful that every physical space we step into pulses with hope and peace simply because we’re there. So find peace, hear angels, see the sky sparkling with diamonds . . . nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm. We are the pulse of hope and peace.

Nature of the week – I meant to photograph the interior of a blossom – and my new close-up lens focused on an ant:

Shadow of the Week:

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The Best in Calm and Storm

 

“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”

Willa Cather

 

True, but we weather the storm best by carrying the calm within us.

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week – evening thunderheads:

Shadow of the Week – my morning coffee – yes, even in hot weather:

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Recovering Wonder

 

“Now I yearn for one of those old, meandering, dry uninhabited roads . . .

where your head is more in heaven than your feet are on Earth . . .

There I can walk, and recover the lost child that I am . . .”

– Henry David Thoreau, A Writer’s Journal –

I traveled fifteen magical roads this week. They’re neither dry nor uninhabited, and while they are real, I walked them by viewing them on the Mind Circle site: “15 of the World’s Most Magical Streets Shaded by Flowers and Trees.” I invite you to spend a few peaceful moments in these gorgeous places – and recover a bit of your childlike sense of wonder. I’ll return to my own photographs next week. Meanwhile, enjoy the link!

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

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