A Misty, Mellow Season

 

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

Conspiring with him how to load and bless

With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run.

John Keats, “To Autumn” –

 

May you find a mellow path through this season and rest in the fruitfulness around and within you.

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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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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Art and Autumn

 

“Art cannot rival this pomp of purple and gold.”

Emerson

(But I try.)

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

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In the Misty Morn

 

“I saw old Autumn in the misty morn

Stand shadowless like silence, listening

To silence.”

Thomas Hood, “Ode: Autumn” –

 

Pause a moment to stand with old Autumn. Listen to silence.

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week – cast by a decoration on a glass table:

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Every Leaf

 

“What is autumn? . . . A second spring, where every leaf is a flower.”

Albert Camus, Le Malentendu

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

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Warm, Brooding Days

 

“The warm, brooding days are full of life and thoughts of life to come,

ripening seeds with next summer in them

or a hundred summers.”

John Muir

 

Brood has a double meaning. It means to ponder, to think deeply. It also means protecting and preparing as a hen does when she sits on her eggs or keeps her young under her wings. So the warm days of summer are for ripening fruit and “brooding” seeds. As autumn approaches, “warm, brooding days” can also be a time of thinking deeply about life.

So keep planting seeds of peace and kindness wherever you go. Brood over those seeds, for they are “full of life and thoughts of life to come.” They hold next summer in them. They hold a hundred summers. They hold the future.

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

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Rest and Be Thankful

 

“Give me the splendid silent sun,

with all his beams full-dazzling;

Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe

and red from the orchard;

Give me a field where the

unmow’d grass grows;

Give me an arbor, give me the trellis’d grape;

Give me fresh corn and wheat – give me

serene-moving animals, teaching content.”

– Walt Whitman –

 

“Rest and be thankful.”

– William Wordsworth –

 

Nurture peace, cultivate loving kindness, carry the calm, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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How Autumn Conspires with the Sun

 

“To Autumn”

Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness!

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

Conspiring with him how to load and bless

With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;

To bend with apples the mossed cottage-trees,

And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;

To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells

With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,

And still more, later flowers for the bees,

Until they think warm days will never cease,

For summer has o’erbrimmed their clammy cells.

– John Keats –

 

May you journey through autumn with your heart open wide to its bounty. Pay attention. Nurture peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.

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Like Silence, Listening

“I saw old Autumn in the misty morn

Stand shadowless like silence, listening

To silence.”

Thomas Hood

 

Pay deep attention. Listen to silence. Nurture peace, cultivate loving-kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week –autumn sun shining through coleus leaves:

Shadow of the Week:

 

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Every Leaf a Flower

From Le Malentendu by Albert Camus –

Martha: What is autumn?

Jan: A second spring, where every leaf is a flower.

If autumn is beginning to display her colors in your part of the world, I hope you can pause for a moment to breathe deeply of her beauty as she quietly and steadily transforms into a second, and very rich, spring.

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

Nature of the week – signs of autumn found on my back deck:

Shadow of the Week – on my garden shoes:

 

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