“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke
“Just as a star led the Magi to the Christ Child, so we are meant to be stars leading others to the Divine Love. Others are also stars for us, leading us to Divine Love. In each of us, the manifestation of Divine Love is a magnificent gift of hope and encouragement.”
—Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr from The Circle of Life, Ave Maria Press
One day, I noticed a nativity scene made by Mother Nature in the bark of a Chinese Pepper tree. I saw 3 kings on the right bending over the Christ child, with cherubic angelic faces above, and more angels on the ground peeking over the manger.
“Star of wonder, Star of night,
Star of royal beauty bright,Westward leading, still proceeding,
Lead us to thy Holy Light”
from the Christmas Carol “We Three Kings”
This is a collaborative group collage I did with my friends for Amma’s Circle of Love Letters one year.
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
Divine Mother’s gaze
Do we know?
Her arms encircle us fully
stillness gives clarity
feeds us, nourishes us
with a kind of water
from the deepest
“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.”
This is available as a card at my Etsy shop.
“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”
“Children will help you smile from your heart and to have that look of wonderment in your eyes. There is a child within everyone. The innocence and the playfulness of a child exists in all human beings. Somewhere in each one of us, a child’s joy, innocence, and faith lie dormant. We delight in searching for the child within. When we were children, we had no worries or problems; recalling these days with love, we want to return to them. This desire is felt by all living beings. The wonder and the love that ;you felt as a child will never return unless you can again play like a child. Innocence is within you, hidden deep inside. You have to rediscover it.”
—Amma, Awaken Children, Vol. 6
I like to be around children. They delight in the things I have forgotten or am too busy to notice. They remember how to live in the kingdom.
I shared in this child’s joy when she showed me her treasured feather in sky blue. Joy is something we can generate and share with others. She generated and passed on her joy to me.
I am reminded of these words from Amma: