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.

 

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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.

 

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Seeds Come Flying

 

“Arching grasses come one by one;

seeds come flying on downy wings,

silent as fate,

to give life’s dearest beauty for the ashes of art;

and strong evergreen arms

laden with ferns and tillandsia drapery

are spread over all –

Life at work everywhere.”

John Muir

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

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The Singing Bird

 

“If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.”

Chinese proverb

 

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Infinite Love Will Rise

 

“On blue summer evenings I’ll go down the pathways

Pricked by the grain, crushing the tender grass –

Dreaming, I’ll feel its coolness on my feet.

I’ll let the wind bathe my bare head.

I won’t talk at all, I won’t think about anything.

But infinite love will rise in my soul . . .”

Arthur Rimbaud

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

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