Dancing Toward Spring

 

“. . . O Wind,

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind.”

– Percy Bysshe Shelley, from “Ode to the West Wind” –

 

Winter and Spring are in their annual dance until Winter bows out and Spring takes center stage. Enjoy the dance of the seasons!

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week – Lenten rose:

Shadow of the Week – missed the cat but caught the shadow of her tail:

 

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Before the Robins Sing

“We must live through the dreary winter

If we would value the spring;

And the woods must be cold and silent

Before the robins sing.

The flowers must be buried in darkness

Before they can bud and bloom,

And the sweetest, warmest sunshine

Comes after the storm and gloom.”

– unknown author, from Poems That Live Forever

 

The seasons of our lives seem to follow that same pattern – storm, gloom, and then sweet warmth. “I have been bent and broken,” said Charles Dickens, “but – I hope – into a better shape.”

May your heart bloom in the warm sunshine of hope.

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

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

 

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A Heart in Bloom

 

“The blossoms of earth wither and fade

the blossoms of the heart, what a joy!”

Rumi

Happy February!

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Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

 

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Among the Frosts

 

“There is a rumor of total welcome among the frosts of the winter morning.”

– Mary Oliver, Upstream

 

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

 

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Nature of the week – a visitor at my heated birdbath:

Shadow of the Week – spied at church:

 

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Mute Music

 

“[E]very withered stem

and stubble rimed with frost,

contribute something

to the mute music [of winter].”

– Emerson, “Nature” –

 

Pause for a moment this week to enjoy stems and stubble, to listen to the shushing sound they make in the wind – or if the day is still, to discover the season’s mute music.

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Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

 

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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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Steps on Silver Sod

“Black are my steps on silver sod;

Thick blows my frosty breath abroad;

And tree and house, and hill and lake,

Are frosted like a wedding cake.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson, “Wintertime” –

 

Each day is an open palm, offering gifts of the season. Catch its scent. Taste its flavors. Hear its song. Pay attention. Tomorrow’s gift will be different.

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

Nature photo of the week:

SnwCardB'house

Shadows of the Week:

ShdwOurHseSnw

Text and photos © 2016 Karyn Henley. All rights reserved.

Winter Warm

“In the depth of winter

I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”

Albert Camus

 

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

Shadow of the Week:

ShdPoin2

Nature photo of the week:

CardinalSilhouette

Text and photos © 2015 Karyn Henley. All rights reserved.