Nature’s Wealth

 

“Nature is not so poor as to possess only one of anything.”

John Muir 

Notice how nature echoes herself in abundance. Trees, each the same but different from others, sometimes subtly, sometimes extravagantly. Flowers, birds, clouds, all themes and variations of beauty and wonder. Gifts offered to us daily. Ours simply for the noticing.

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week – berries I saw on a walk in Japan:

Shadow of the Week – morning shadow on the rice paper screen of my bedroom in Japan:

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Text and photos © 2018 Karyn Henley. All rights reserved.

Art and Stillness

 

“Art has something to do with

the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos.

A stillness which characterizes prayer, too,

and the eye of the storm . . .

an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.”

– Saul Bellow, quoted in Writers at Work, edited by George Plimpton

 

Find your place of stillness, your prayer, your eye of the storm. Rest in it, embody it, for you are a work of art.

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Winter’s Welcome

 

Winter welcomes,

beckons,

invites us to

pause

on the brittle brink of the year,

witness

the shimmer of the season,

listen

for undertones of time passing

on icy tiptoe,

breathe

the crisp air.

Drink all of it.

Deeply.

Deeply grateful.

– kh –

 

Wishing you peace and grace in the new year!

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Feel the Stars

 

“. . . feel the stars and the infinite

high and clear above you.

Then life seems

Almost enchanted after all.”

– Vincent Van Gogh –

 

In this busy holiday season, take time to feel the stars, sense the infinite, and rediscover the enchantment of life. Wishing you joy and peace!

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Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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The Dancing Breath of God

“I talk of branches dancing in the wind

but what I mean is the breath of God.”

Rumi

Feel the wind. Listen as it tiptoes past in a whisper, or waltzes with swaying branches, or twirls like an ice skater, scattering sparkles of frost in wild abandon. Watch. Listen. Feel the breath of God.  

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Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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The Cornerstone

 

“Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit.

. . . Silence is the cornerstone of character.”

Ohiyesa (Dr. Charles Eastman, Santee Sioux) –

 

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Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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As the Round Earth Rolls

 

“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere . . . a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.” – John Muir

 

Enjoy the grand show!

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Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Wonder Doubled

 

“[G]ratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

G.K. Chesterton

 

Wishing you happiness doubled by wonder this week.

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Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Art and Autumn

 

“Art cannot rival this pomp of purple and gold.”

Emerson

(But I try.)

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Text and photos © 2018 Karyn Henley. All rights reserved.