A Breath of Sky

“Come watch with me the shaft of fire

That glows in yonder West:

The fair, frail palaces

The fading alps and archipelagoes

And great cloud-continents of sunset-seas.”

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Skies have been amazing this month: color-rich sunsets; mid-morning blue skies with one white puff of a cloud, moonglow on full moon nights, cloudy skies with layers rippled in every hue of gray, and great white cloud continents floating calmly overhead. There’s a peace to be found in taking a deep breath of sky.

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

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Who Can Clutch It?

 

“The beauty that shimmers in the yellow afternoons of October,

who ever could clutch it?”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nature” –

 

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Talking of Rain

 

“The aspens at the cross-roads talk together

Of rain, until their last leaves fall from the top.”

Edward Thomas, “Aspens” –

 

The cool morning breeze is whispering to the trees that rain is coming. Hackberries and elms are dropping their golden-brown leaves a few at a time. As they drift slowly down, I breathe deeply of this moment of peace.

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Autumn-New

 

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

 

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Every Arrow that Flies

 

“If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it;

Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

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A Nest and an Apple Tree

 

My heart is like a singing bird

Whose nest is in a watered shoot;

My heart is like an apple-tree

Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit.

Christina Rossetti

 

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Part of the Music

 

“Moments of silence are part of the music.”

– Anonymous –

 

In music, moments of rhythmic silence are called rests. But rest also means “peace of mind or spirit.” I wondered if the word restore had the same linguistic origin as rest, but it doesn’t. And yet they are related in a sense. Restore means to renew, rebuild, and give back, which is what rest does for us—it renews us, rebuilds our spirits, and gives back our energy. Rest, our moments of silence and peace of mind, are necessary for the rhythms of our lives. Rest is part of life’s music.

Wishing you good rest this week.

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As Long as it Wants to Talk

 

“Nobody started it,

nobody is going to stop it.

It will talk as long as it wants, this rain.

As long as it talks I am going to listen.”

Thomas Merton

 

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