FLOWER CHILDREN

 

flowe babies

“All of us, children and adults, are beautiful flowers.  Our eyelids are exactly like rose petals, especially when our eyes are closed.  Our ears are like morning glories listening to the sound of birds.  Our lips form a beautiful flower every time we smile.  And our two hands are a lotus flower with five petals.  The practice is to keep our “flowerness” alive and present, not just for our own benefit but for the happiness of everyone.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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Divine Providence

 

Divine Mother’s gaze
how kind!

Do we know?
Her arms encircle us fully
stillness gives clarity
feeds us, nourishes us
with a kind of water
from the deepest
clearest well

 

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

—Matthew 7:7-12, Bible, New International Version

 

It Takes A Universe

The child awakens to a universe.
The mind of the child to a world of wonder
Imagination to a world of beauty
Emotions to a world of intimacy.

It takes a universe to make a child
both in outer form and inner spirit.
It takes a universe to educate a child.
It takes a universe to fulfill a child.”

©Fr. Thomas Berry, quoted in “Sacred Journey”, Autumn 2009, vol. 60, no. 4

 

“Earth brings us into life
And nourishes us.
Earth takes us back again.
Birth and death are present in every moment.”

©Thich Nhat Hanh

 

“Every particle of the world is a mirror. In each atom blazes forth the light of a thousand suns. Open the heart of a raindrop and you will find a hundred oceans. In a grain of sand lies the seed of a thousand beings.”

—Mahmud Shabistari, Medieval Sufi poet

 

“Life is like a garden. Quite naturally, leaves wither and flowers fade. Only if we clear the decay of the past then and there can we really enjoy the beauty of the new leaves and flowers. Likewise, we must clear the murkiness of past bad experiences from our minds. Life is remembrance in forgetfulness. Forgive what ought to be forgiven: forget what ought to be forgotten. Let us embrace life with renewed vigor.”

—Amma

 

This is available as a card at my Etsy shop.

 




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Haunting

 

Ghost Trees

 

“Like an ethereal presence
You hang out everywhere.
Not a naughty or scary goblin,
Rather, an inquisitive observer,
A concerned, caring custodian,
Visiting every niche and closet
Where we stuff the undesired
Of our messy, blemished lives,
You haunt territories we ignore,
Hoping we will find you there.”

—Joyce Rupp, “Fragments of your Ancient Name”, October 8, Sorin Books

 

 

 




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Abwoon D’bwashmaya

 

Our Father in Aramaic

Earlier this year, a teacher, Joan,  held a several week session where we learned a little about the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic. Before we started the first session, we all lit a candle for our intentions. Joan read a passage from the Bible where Jesus is inviting Peter to walk across the water to him. So Peter walked out to him, but he lost faith, and began to sink. We are all a little like that. So we held Jesus’ hand as we walked on water holding his hand to keep afloat.

Each week we learned how to pronounce Jesus’ prayer in Aramaic. The power of just the sound was evident, even without our full understanding of the meaning.




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Guest House

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.”

—Rumi

 




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Autumn Dance

 

gingko leaves and wood spirit

“all of nature says “yes””
spring-summer-early fall, the leaves open to the light
collecting light for the tree
nourishing the trunk, the branches, me
collecting light for the roots
so when autumn and winter rains and cold comes
there is stored light in the roots
for the short days and long nights

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The Magic Garden

 

“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.”

– Master Colin from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

 …seen on the lawn at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California, a pumpkin glass art show…

 




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