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Go

 

There’s a scripture:

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”—Mark 16:15

But I think “The Book of Nature” also has its gospel. I think this flowering dogwood is saying “yes”.

 

“Dear seasons that pass over our fields and through our hearts, you are the word of God spoken to us from the cathedral of the great outdoors. Stir up our love for life. Fill us with joy and passion, wisdom and stillness. Reveal to us our own endurance, patience, and ability to trust. Lead us into reflection and solitude as we move through the years held in the arms of mystery. Teach us to say “Yes” to the unfolding work of the Creator in our lives.”

—from “Circle of Life” by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr




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Flower Rockets Celebrating Spring

 

I have been watching the wisteria over a period of 3 weeks or so. They have been in celebration ever since I saw a few spiraling clusters of what I thought would be leaves, but they turned out to be flowers.

What an explosion of blooms now. When I saw the first fuzzy baby leaves, I was so touched and reassured of the continuation of life, the circle of life.

I can feel happiness expanding when I stand near the fragrant wisteria plant. Oh how I love the color!

“When there’s new growth bursting out all over, everything fresh, green, and flourishing, the plants are little rockets of success going off every time you look at them.”

—Jacqueline Heriteau




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Green Candle of Truth

 

green candle of truth

iris bud reminds me of a candle
a light
a ~truth~
that the body will perish at some point
but few like to think about this
the awareness burns more brightly as one ages
as the iris of the eye opens
birth and death come as a pair
dying to certain things means birthing something new
fully living allows one to die well
the iris has to die to the bud
in order to bloom
the bloom has to die
to create seeds
so new life is possible
so it may continue in some way again
but the iris doesn’t seem to have any worries or fears
about each stage
it just seems to live happily
in whatever stage it happens to be
letting each stage unfold naturally

 

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A Kind of Resurrection

life cycles
seasons of life
winter death
spring new life
may our loved ones who have passed on
blossom into happy peaceful lives again

in thanksgiving
in celebration
for their contributions to our lives
may their lights burn brightly in our souls
honored in our thoughts and actions
always

in honor of Aunt Yvonne

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

—Thich Nhat Hanh




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Spring Sprouts

 

I found these new shoots very inspiring, and re-assuring that after the winter, after the bare tree has looked lifeless, new life is springing forth. It is a kind of an assurance that life goes on in the circle of life. It’s a continuation.

Breathing in, I breathe in fresh new life.
Breathing out, I feel renewed.

Breathing in, I see life continues.
Breathing out, I give thanks.

Breathing in, I know I have been given wings to fly.
Breathing out, my spirit soars.

I have two greeting cards made with a similar image, one without words, and one with words.




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Turning and Returning

 

“Eternal One who circles the seasons with ease, teach me about Earth’s natural cycle of turning from one season to another.  Remind me often of how she opens herself to the dying and rising rotations, the coming and the going of each of the four seasons.  Open me today to the teachings of the season of autumn.

When I accept only the beautiful and reject the tattered, torn parts of who I am, when I treat things that are falling apart as my enemies, walk me among the dying leaves, let them tell me about their power to energize Earth’s soil by their decomposition and their formation of enriching humus.

When I fear the loss of my youthfulness and refuse to accept the reality of aging, turn my face to the brilliant colors of autumn trees, open my spirit to the mellow resonance of autumn sunsets and the beauty of the changing land.

When I refuse to wait with the mystery of the unknown, when I struggle to keep control rather than to let life evolve,
wrap me in the darkening days of autumn and encourage me to wait patiently for clarity and vision as I live with uncertainty and insecurity.

When I grow tired of using my own harvest of gifts to benefit others, take me to the autumn fields where Earth shares the bounty of summer and allows her lands to surrender their abundance.”

—from “Circle of Life” by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr




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Circle of Life

 

“Each morning we awaken to the light and the invitation to a new day in the world of time; each night we surrender to the dark to be taken to play in the world of dreams where time is no more. At birth we were awakened and emerged to become visible in the world. At death we will surrender again to the dark to become invisible. Awakening and surrender: they frame each day and each life; between them the journey where anything can happen, the beauty and the frailty.”

—John O’Donohue, “Beauty, the Invisible Embrace”

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