Before Me, Behind Me

 

Before me, may it be delightful.

Behind me, may it be delightful.

Around me, may it be delightful.

Below me, may it be delightful.

Above me, may it be delightful.

All, may it be delightful.

 

– from a Navaho poem, “House Song to the East” –

in Talking to the Sun

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

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The Threshold of the Year

 

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come.”

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

 

Hold on to hope. Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week – blooming in this warm-weather week of December:

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The Wonder of Small Gifts

 

This day is a gift –

the breeze brushing my face,

the call of the chickadee,

the glint of sunrise on the windowpane,

the flavor of nut-warm coffee

and morning blueberries,

the wonder of breath,

one and then another,

receiving the moment,

the day,

the grace,

the gift.

– KH –

 

In this holiday season of bright bows and shiny paper, may we also find wonder in the small gifts that grace every day.

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week – ice in a flower pot:

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Night, Still and Silent

 

Profoundly still the twilight air,

Lifeless the landscape; so we deem,

Till like a phantom gliding near

A stag bends down to drink the stream.

And far away a mountain zone,

A cold, white waste of snow-drifts lies,

And one star, large and soft and lone,

Silently lights the unclouded skies.

Charlotte Bronte, “Speak of the North”

 

May the skies of your heart be unclouded, lit by the star of peace.

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

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Finding Morning

 

“In the dew of little things

the heart finds its

morning and is refreshed.”

Kahlil Gibran

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

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There’s a Strength in Kindness

 

Kindness: loaning someone your strength

instead of reminding them of their weakness.

George Couros

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

Nature of the week – safflower:

Shadow of the Week – sunlight through a climbing structure:

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A Misty, Mellow Season

 

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

Conspiring with him how to load and bless

With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run.

John Keats, “To Autumn” –

 

May you find a mellow path through this season and rest in the fruitfulness around and within you.

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

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A Sign of Strength

 

“Don’t ever mistake my silence for ignorance

My calmness for acceptance

Or my kindness for weakness.

Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness,

But a sign of strength.”

– Dalai Lama –

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

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