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.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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

Like the Sun, Silent and Still

 

“Be like the Sun,

King without courtiers,

silent and still as a fulcrum.”

Rumi

Wishing you moments of silence and stillness this week. Close your eyes. Listen to your breath. Feel the subtle messages your skin receives from the air and the textures you touch. Catch scents that drift to you. Open your eyes and focus on one small object. Notice its shape, size, colors. Listen to your breath again. Feel the peace of the moment. You’re a fulcrum, a support, a point of balance calming the world around you.

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Shadows Falling

 

“Quiet shadows falling

softly come and softly go.”

– Scottish poet Meta Orred

 

Because of the angle of the sun, spring and autumn are good times to catch a glimpse of interesting shadows – at least in my part of the world. Shadows “softly come and softly go,” reminding us to softly come and softly go.

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

 

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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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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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The Spring-Turning Sun

“And the sun felt warm upon his face like a hand with a lovely touch.”

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

 

May you feel the lovely touch of the Spring-turning sun this week.

 

Nourish peace,

cultivate loving kindness,

and carry the calm.

 

Nature photo of the week – sunrise through leaves that lasted the winter:

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Shadow of the Week – the sun paints a heart shadow on a silver-gray trunk:

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