The Inner – What Is It?

“Ah, not to be cut off,
not through the slightest partition
shut out from the law of the stars.
The inner — what is it?
if not intensified sky,
hurled through with birds and deep
with the winds of homecoming.”

Rainer Maria Rilke


However we might envision the inner self, I suspect that if we explore deeply enough, we’ll feel “the winds of homecoming.”

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.


Nature of the week and shadow of the week:


I read Rilke’s poem for the first time in an On Being blog posted by Parker Palmer. On Being posts thoughtful, gracious conversations sensitive to the things of the spirit. Give them a read – or a listen – if you haven’t yet.


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

Why a Bird Sings

“A bird does not sing because it has an answer.

It sings because it has a song.”

– Chinese proverb –


Poet and novelist Rainer Maria Rilke said, “Live the questions.”

No answers are necessary for your soul to sing.

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

Nature of the week:


Shadow of the Week:



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