Celebrating Nature’s abundance…
“Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.”
“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
Recognize the gifts of each day and give thanks, give praise.
Sing a happy song.
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“Everything we are LOOKING for is right HERE in the PRESENT moment”–Thich Nhat Hanh
This collaborative group collage (6 of us) was created in the spirit of celebrating my friend Christine’s birthday, a few years ago, in gratitude for Life.
“Imagine that you and I were two astronauts. We have landed on the moon, and we find that we cannot return to earth because the engine of our ship is broken beyond repair. We will run out of oxygen before the control center on earth can send another ship up to rescue us. We know that we have only two more days to live. What would you and I think of, other than going back to our dear green planet and walking side by side, in peace and without worries? Only when confronted with death do we know the precious value of our steps on the green planet.
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kingdom of present moment
ribbons like mindfulness bells
reminders to celebrate each moment
to choose happiness
to align with love
reminders to be like a child (to enter the kingdom of heaven)
they live in the present moment
what opens the gate?
love, gratitude, being present, innocence
“Taking off your shoes is a sacred ritual. It is a hallowed moment of remembering the goodness of space and time. It is a way of celebrating the holy ground on which you stand. If you want to be a child of wonder, cherish the truth that time and space are holy. Whether you take your shoes off symbolically or literally matters little. What is important is that you are alive to the holy ground on which you stand and to the holy ground that you are.”
—Macrina Wiederkehr, “Seasons of Your Heart”
“A fish cannot drown in water,
A bird does not fall in air.
In the fire of its making,
Gold doesn’t varnish:
The fire brightens.
Each creature God made
Must live in its own true nature;
How could I resist my nature,
That lives for oneness with God?”
—Mechtild of Magdeburg
from “Women in Praise of the Sacred”, edited by Jane Hirshfield, p. 87
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Yesterday, there was an autumn equinox ritual celebrated at the MA Center in San Ramon, California. Lakshmi Collins led us in body prayers invoking the Spirit and qualities of the four directions. We sang, meditated, walked the labyrinth, chanted for peace as we imagined soft white flower petals falling gently upon parts of the earth that need it most. We made the intention of letting go of what does not serve us anymore.
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