Sun-Hot Days

 

“Stands the Sun so close and mighty –

That our Minds are hot.”

Emily Dickinson

 

Years ago, a slogan for Secret deodorant advertised being “cool, calm, and collected.” I wish that for you (not the deodorant but the sentiment) this week. Pause. Take a deep breath. Stay cool, calm, and collected. Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm. (And remember to wear sunscreen.)

Nature of the week – from last month’s trip to Arizona:

Shadow of the Week:

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Text and photos © 2019 Karyn Henley. All rights reserved.

Where Do You Dwell?

“I dwell in possibility.” – Emily Dickinson

We sat cross-legged, seven friends and I, a circle of artists, each in turn responding to a poem we had just heard, one of David Whyte‘s: “Start close in / don’t take the second step / or the third / start with the first / . . . ” I couldn’t see the next step in my life, the one close in. A tiny voice of panic was whispering to me that, at my age, there was really nowhere I could go from here.

Before I could respond, a woman older than I updated us on her health. She couldn’t walk without pain. It should have been discouraging. But, peaceful and relaxed, she told us that she was looking forward to all the possibilities the future held for her. It made me realize that I could choose to dwell in panic or possibility – only one provides the calm I want for my spirit.

Helen Keller said, “No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” Dwell not in problems but possibilities. Nourish peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

rose-peach

Shadow of the Week – a poolside table:

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Text and photos © 2016 Karyn Henley. All rights reserved.

A Soft Sea

“A soft sea washed around the house,

A sea of summer air . . .”

– Emily Dickinson –

 

Breathe deeply of this soft sea. Breathe out heaviness, breathe in buoyancy.

Nourish peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

PnkFthrGrss

Shadow of the Week – porch beams shadow each other:

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Text and photos © 2016 Karyn Henley. All rights reserved.

A Soul Ajar

“The soul should always

stand ajar, ready to

welcome the ecstatic

experience.”

– Emily Dickinson –

 

Leave your soul ajar this week. Watch. Listen. Hold on to what enriches you.

Nourish peace,

cultivate loving kindness,

and carry the calm.

 

Nature photo of the week– a tiny star-shaped bud, smaller than my pinkie nail, tracked indoors onto the carpet:

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Shadow of the Week – made by the acanthus design of a window at the Frist Center of the Visual Arts:

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Text and photos © 2016 Karyn Henley. All rights reserved.