An Eden Summer

 

“The times are dark but never too dark for

An Eden Summer, this flower-rich creation.”

Elizabeth Jennings

“English Wild Flowers”

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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The Deep Gift of a Flower

 

“To me the meanest flower that blows can give

Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.”

– William Wordsworth, “Intimations of Immortality”

 

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Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Divine Peace, Enthusiastic Joy

 

“Every day opens and closes like a flower,

noiseless, effortless.

Divine peace glows on all the majestic landscape,

like the silent enthusiastic joy

that sometimes transfigures a noble human face.”

John Muir

 

“Silent enthusiastic joy.” That’s what I often see in Thursday night art class at Art and Soul. Music plays softly in the background as my friends and I work independently but side by side, each of us creating art that comes from our souls and nourishes our souls. It’s then that I often see in my friends’ faces a “silent enthusiastic joy.”

But I picture other faces as well – my dad and sisters laughing uproariously in enthusiastic joy – delightfully not silent. Then there are my friends in the church choir as we listen to our director in silent, enthusiastic joy – which transforms into the joy of song. Whose faces do you picture when you think of enthusiastic joy – silent or not?

Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said, “Earth laughs in flowers.” In our part of the world, nature is now in bloom. As each day opens and closes like a flower, I wish you the divine peace that comes with earth’s joy and laughter. Happy Spring!

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week – peach blossoms:

Shadow of the Week – stems in a back-porch pot:

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Every Leaf

 

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

Albert Camus, Le Malentendu

 

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Shadow of the Week:

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In the Sun Among the Flowers

 

“Raise your head, look at the sun, walk among the flowers, become a human being.”

Rumi

 

You have to see these amazing National Geographic time lapse videos of flowers blooming. You’ll love them. Just click on this link. “Raise your head . . . walk among the flowers . . .”

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Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

 

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In Your Own Shadow

 

“Stop walking in your own shadow

wallowing in your foolish thoughts.

Raise your head . . . walk

among the flowers . . .

look toward the sun.”

Rumi

 

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

 

Nature of the week :

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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Being Alive is the Magic

“The sun is shining – the sun is shining. That is the Magic. The flowers are growing – the roots are stirring. That is the Magic. Being alive is the Magic – being strong is the Magic. The Magic is in me – the Magic is in me. . . . It’s in every one of us.” –Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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

Nature of the week – from a walk at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens:

Shadow of the Week – Can you see the heart?

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Mad With Joy

“People from a planet without flowers

would think we must be mad with joy the whole time

to have such things about us.”

– Iris Murdoch, A Fairly Honorable Defeat –

 

Celebrate flowers; be mad with joy. Nurture peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week – on a carpet of moss:

 

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Laughing in the Colors of Spring

“Earth laughs in flowers.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson –

Wishing you earth’s laughter this week!

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Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

 

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