Welcome, Spring!

 

Look how after the devastating winter

the new blossoms have covered the thorns,

look how tall the cypress has risen in glory.

Spirit and water have graced the rose garden

Enhancing its beauty.

What a blessed companionship!

Rumi

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week – a bird ornament on top of a shelf of plants:

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Windows Open to Beauty

 

“Let there be windows to your soul,

that all the glory of the world may beautify it.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Infinite Beauty

 

“Nature is painting for us,

day after day,

pictures of infinite beauty.”

John Ruskin

 

Pause and see the beauty nature is painting—and linger to smell, taste, listen, and touch infinity. Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Finding Beauty – and Peace

 

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,

we must carry it with us or we find it not.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson –

 

The same could be said about peace. Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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The Shadow of God

 

“Love beauty;

it is the shadow of God on the universe.”

Gabriela Mistral

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

Nature of the week ­– comfrey blooms:

Shadow of the Week:

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Everyday Magic

 

“The world is full of magic things,

patiently waiting

for our senses to grow sharper.”

W.B. Yeats

 

A budding rose, a bird calling to its mate, the pink clouds of sunset, the first star of evening – it only takes a moment to sharpen our senses to this everyday magic, to pause and actually taste our food, smell the morning air, feel the breeze, hear the birdsong, and see the beauty in the world around us – to rediscover the magic things.

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, enjoy the magic, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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With Love’s Enthusiasm

 

“From form to form, beauty to beauty,

ever changing, never resting,

all (in nature) are speeding on

with love’s enthusiasm,

singing with the stars the eternal song of creation.”

– John Muir –

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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I Have Loved

 

“I have loved the principle of beauty in all things.”

John Keats

 

Look for the beauty in all things. Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week – a rhododendron bud waiting for spring:

Shadow of the Week:

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Inside Each of Us, a Piece of God

 

“Maybe the desire to make something beautiful

is the piece of God that is inside each of us.”

Mary Oliver

 

Make something that you feel is beautiful this week. You could take a photograph of something that strikes you as beautiful – a plant or an arrangement of rocks beside a driveway or a leaf after the rain. Or you could make a beautiful arrangement of food, like cheese and croutons sprinkled on a bowl of soup. Or trace a wavy design in the steam on your bathroom mirror after a shower. Or toss throw pillows in an interesting arrangement on a bed or couch. Or if you’re inclined, paint or sketch or arrange flowers or rearrange a room. No one else has to think it’s beautiful but you. Rest in the piece of God inside you. And the peace of God inside you.

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

 

 

Shadow of the Week:

 

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The Secret of Beauty

 

“There’s nothing fair nor beautiful, but takes

Something from thee, that makes it beautiful.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

. . . which, of course, means that beauty is within you.

Look for the beauty all around you this week. It’s a sign of the beauty in your own spirit.

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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