Here, Now, This Present Moment

 

Leafless branches arch,

angle, interweave to frame

cloud veils spun of ice.

– kh –

 

This is what I see at this moment from the window at my desk:

The tick of the clock on my bedroom shelf. The rush of a jet fading as it travels the icy winter sky. The quiet shiver and sway of vines in the chill breeze. This is my present moment as I write this last post of 2017.

Once again, time carries us toward the speed bump between one year and the next. That speed bump is always a marker of sorts, a chance to glance into the rearview mirror at the year falling quickly behind us before the new year carries us full speed ahead. Thanks for joining me this past year as I posted what I saw, what I read, and what I found inspiring, always with an eye, an ear, a heart open to peace.

That’s where peace starts, you know – in this present moment, here and now, in my eye and yours. In my ear and yours. In my heart and yours. As much as we’d like to wave a wand over the entire world and make the jumbled and jagged pieces smooth out and fall into place, peace has to start with each of us being peace and kindness for family and friends and co-workers and everyone we meet.

May 2018 be a year of peace so powerful that it spreads from each of us into the whole world.

Nurture peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm into the new year.

Nature of the week – the insides of acorn tops:

Shadow of the Week – from holiday decorations:

 

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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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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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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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Four Simple Guidelines to Live By

“Be good, keep your feet dry, your eyes open, your heart at peace.”

– Thomas Merton –

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

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Joy, Resting

“Peace is joy at rest and joy is peace on its feet.”

– Anne Lamott –

 

May your peace find its feet. Nurture peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week – our weekend snow:

Shadow of the Week:

 

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What Have You Missed Until Today?

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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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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Now Trending . . . or Now Tending?

“Where you tend a rose, my lad,

A thistle cannot grow.”

– Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden –

 

Tend is short for attend. Meaning pay attention.

Peace is found more often by paying attention not to what’s trending but to what needs tending. Sure, sometimes they’re the same. But be aware. Pay attention. Nourish peace, cultivate loving kindness, carry the calm. And tend the roses.

Nature photo of the week – tiny beauty blown off a pine tree:

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Shadow of the Week – from flowers on my deck:

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