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.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Text and photos © 2019 Karyn Henley. All rights reserved.

Finding Beauty – and Peace

 

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,

we must carry it with us or we find it not.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson –

 

The same could be said about peace. Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Willows, Aspens, and Little Breezes

 

Willows whiten, aspens quiver,

Little breezes dusk and shiver.

– Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “The Lady of Shalott”

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week – a rose-lily:

Shadow of the Week – Dad’s walker:

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Sun and Shadow

 

“Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.”

– Maori Proverb –

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

(I’m posting a day late, which I don’t usually do. I was in a full-day art class, totally enjoying myself to the point of forgetting all else! Evidence below. I’ll try to be on schedule for the next post!)

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Text and artwork © 2019 Karyn Henley. All rights reserved.

The Presence of Everything

 

“Silence is not the absence of something but the presence of everything.”

– acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton

 

We need silence, the space between thoughts, between steps, between notes, between words, between day and night. If you have time, click on the link to Gordon Hempton and listen to his recordings of the sounds of silence.

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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The Wind is Polished

 

“Already it is October, and the wind blows strong to the sea

from the hills where snow must have fallen, the wind is polished with snow.”

D.H. Lawrence, “Butterfly”

 

At last cooler weather has come to my part of the world. I fill my lungs with calm air carrying the scent of wood smoke. I inhale a cold, sharp, snow-polished breeze. I breathe gusts of wind that rush and whirl and billow, shaking loose the shivering gold and red leaves, sweeping away the season past, and whispering sharp, clean hope for the season to come.

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week (with silhouettes and reflections):

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Lighting Up Our Whole Lives

 

“One day the sun shall . . . perchance

shine into our minds and hearts,

and light up our whole lives

with a great awakening light,

as warm and serene and golden

as on a bankside in autumn.”

Henry David Thoreau

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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When Plants Come to You

 

“Pay attention when plants come to you; they’re bringing you something you need to learn.”

Robin Wall Kimmerer

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week – a chapel arrangement:

Shadow of the Week – a font in the chapel:

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Sounds of Peace

 

Old Pond

Frogs jumped in

Sound of water.

– Basho –

(translator, Lafcadio Hearn)

 

Pause.

Shoulders and hands relax.

Listen.

Listen past the noise

to sounds of wind, water,

bugs, birdsong,

church bell, distant train,

your own deep breath

drifting in and out.

Listen to sounds of peace.

Calm your soul.

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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