Wonders to Hold and Keep

 

“Behold the white wistarias –

The Milky Way blown by the wind.”

– Hajin –

translated by Asataro Miyamori

 

Long ago, before behold meant to gaze upon or observe, it meant hold or keep. In a way, that’s what we do when we observe something. Each season brings us wonders. Hold on to them. Keep them in your mind and heart so that, in turn, they may hold you and keep you in a place of calm and peace.

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week –wisteria hanging over our driveway through the neighbor’s bamboo:

Shadow of the Week:

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Wandering Wind and Whirling Earth

 

“The winds wander,

the snow and rain and dew fall,

the earth whirls –

all but to prosper a poor lush violet.”

John Muir

. . . and all to prosper you.

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week – a wild violet:

Shadow of the Week:

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Nature’s Secret

 

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week – trillium:

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Season of the Sakura

“Spring night,

cherry-

blossom dawn.”

Matsuo Basho

Two years ago, I was in Japan during cherry blossom season. My son’s family and I picnicked alongside other families in a park full of cherry trees – sakura – rich with blooms. We strolled paths lined with cherry blossoms and delighted in delicate petals, breeze-blown, drifting gently to the ground. It was a time to pause in wonder at the beauty and the peace of spring. I hope you, too, can pause and find moments of peace as you experience the wonders of this season.

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Divine Peace, Enthusiastic Joy

 

“Every day opens and closes like a flower,

noiseless, effortless.

Divine peace glows on all the majestic landscape,

like the silent enthusiastic joy

that sometimes transfigures a noble human face.”

John Muir

 

“Silent enthusiastic joy.” That’s what I often see in Thursday night art class at Art and Soul. Music plays softly in the background as my friends and I work independently but side by side, each of us creating art that comes from our souls and nourishes our souls. It’s then that I often see in my friends’ faces a “silent enthusiastic joy.”

But I picture other faces as well – my dad and sisters laughing uproariously in enthusiastic joy – delightfully not silent. Then there are my friends in the church choir as we listen to our director in silent, enthusiastic joy – which transforms into the joy of song. Whose faces do you picture when you think of enthusiastic joy – silent or not?

Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said, “Earth laughs in flowers.” In our part of the world, nature is now in bloom. As each day opens and closes like a flower, I wish you the divine peace that comes with earth’s joy and laughter. Happy Spring!

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week – peach blossoms:

Shadow of the Week – stems in a back-porch pot:

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Loving Well, Praying Well

 

“He prayeth well who loveth well

Both man and bird and beast,

He prayeth best who loveth best

All things both great and small.”

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Wiser Today

“A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.” – Jonathan Swift

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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The Art of Being Kind

 

“So many gods, so many creeds,

So many paths that wind and wind,

While just the art of being kind

Is all the sad world needs.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

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Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Drink the Day

 

“Set wide the window.

Let me drink the day.”

Edith Wharton

 

(We’ve had so much rain lately, drinking the day seems almost literally possible!)

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Soaring

 

“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.”

William Blake

 

Sometimes it’s hard to recognize your own wings, to appreciate them, to come to love them. Sometimes you have to lean on someone else’s wings first. But when you recognize and accept your own, that’s when your heart soars.

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week – Lenten Rose:

Shadow of the Week:

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