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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Cares Will Drop Away

“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 away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”

– John Muir, Our National Parks –

 

Calm seems to be in short supply these days. All the more reason to intentionally call time-out for yourself – two minutes, five minutes, thirty minutes, whatever you can manage. Slow down, don’t relive or prelive but simply live for a moment in the moment. Find a bit of nature to observe, listen to, smell, and touch. It may be as large as the sky and a path through the woods, or as small as a blade of grass, a fallen leaf, or a pebble cupped in the palm of your hand. Exhale the panicked ugliness that has seeped in from current events, and inhale nature’s faithful beauty. Exhale tension; inhale calm. Let the wind blow its freshness into you. Let your cares drop away “like the leaves of Autumn.”

Nourish peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm. We need you.

Nature of the week:

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Shadow of the Week – found on a bench:

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When the Time is Ripe

 

 

A Soft Sea

“A soft sea washed around the house,

A sea of summer air . . .”

– Emily Dickinson –

 

Breathe deeply of this soft sea. Breathe out heaviness, breathe in buoyancy.

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

Nature of the week:

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Shadow of the Week – porch beams shadow each other:

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2 W’s for a Calm Spirit

“Wisdom begins in wonder.”

Socrates

Come up for air. Breathe out weariness, breathe in awe.

May this season be full of Wonder and Wisdom for you.

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

Shadow of the Week – poinsettia:

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Nature photo of the week – my johnny jump-ups like this cool weather:

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Text and photos © 2014 Karyn Henley. All rights reserved.