To See Beauty

“Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty

never grows old.”

– Franz Kafka –

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

I have a bit of news: My latest book, Linger: 365 Days of Peaceful Pauses, brief nature essays, meditations, and even a few poems, is now available for order. Its official release date is November 1. (Makes a great holiday gift!)

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Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Text and photos © 2021 Karyn Henley. All rights reserved. 

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.

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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Mirth, Cheer, and Serenity

“Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with steady and perpetual serenity.” – Joseph Addison

Wishing you mirth, cheer, and serenity in this season!

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week – shadows from my Christmas tree:

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A Heart Without Words

“When you pray, rather let thy heart be without words

than thy words be without heart.”

John Bunyan

 

Prayer often has no words but is simply a heart silent and open and listening, searching and sensing and settling, like a child reaching out and grasping a mother’s hand. And that is more than enough. You are the prayer. Your heart is heard and loved.

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, be the prayer, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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For my longer posts on the art of noticing, link here.

 

Text and photos © 2018 Karyn Henley. All rights reserved.

Long, Easy Strides

“Who is narrow of vision cannot be big-hearted;

who is narrow of spirit cannot take long, easy strides.”

– Chinese proverb –

Nurture peace, cultivate loving-kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week – toadstools on a carpet of moss:

Shadow of the Week:

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Text and photos © 2017 Karyn Henley. All rights reserved.

 

Being Alive is the Magic