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

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

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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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The Wisdom of Water Lilies

 

On a walk at the zoo last week, I crossed a boardwalk bridge and noticed an elegant white waterlily blooming on the river below. Water lilies look as if they’re floating on the surface of the water, but they’re held in place by stems that extend under the water to a rhizome buried in the mud below. It seemed like a symbol of calm and serenity. I thought of how each of us, like a water lily, can root ourselves in the unseen, peaceful flow of life deep in our souls so that what is seen of our lives is a beautiful bloom.

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Quietly and Clearly

 

“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,

and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender

be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly;

and listen to others.”

– Max Ehrmann, “Desiderata”

 

Curious about the word placid, I looked it up and found that it means “serenely free of disturbance.” That’s what “carry the calm” means to me: It’s possible to make our way through noise and haste with our souls serenely free of disturbance.

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A Path of Peace

 

Think toward whatever leads to hope,

to beauty,

to peace,

to gracious love.

Then move in that direction.

– kh –

 

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The First Point of Light

 

“It is necessary for me to see the first point of light which begins to be dawn . . . I receive from the Eastern woods, the tall oaks, the one word DAY, which is never the same. It is always in a totally new language.” – Thomas Merton

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Great, Everyday Wonders

 

“Be not blind, but open-eyed

to the great wonders of Nature,

familiar, everyday objects though they be to thee.”

Orchot Tzaddikim

– a 15th century Jewish ethical work –

 

“There is not a particle of life

which does not bear poetry within it.”

Gustave Flaubert

 

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Simple and Sacred

 

“The art of art,

the glory of expression…

is simplicity.”

Walt Whitman

 

It’s the simple things that nourish me. My grandson’s smile. The laughter of friends. A pepper turning red on the vine. The dance of leaves in a breeze on a hot day. The sun shining red through a broad canna leaf. The scent of citronella leaves at the back door. The prickly center of a coneflower. Smooth, sweet coconut yogurt. The chirring of a wren as it guards its nest box. Simple, sacred gifts, each a wonder of art and glory, each an invitation to joy and peace.

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