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Blessing Tree

 

When I saw this beautiful scene, it was my birthday. I was high up in the Rocky Mountains on a morning hike. It seemed like there were diamonds glittering in the water near the duck. The thought of my late husband and ancestors came to mind.  I made a comfort card using the words suggested by Mother Nature:
 

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Joy Is Our True Nature

“A state of permanent joy, hidden at the very center of consciousness, is the Eden to which the long journey of spiritual seeking leads. There, the mystics of all religions agree, we uncover our original goodness. We don’t have to buy it, we don’t have to create it; we don’t have to pour it in; we don’t even have to be worthy of it. This native core is the essential core of human nature.

We are made, the scriptures of all religions assure us, in the image of God. Nothing can change our original goodness. Whatever mistakes we have made in the past, whatever problems we may have in the present, in every one of us the uncreated spark in the soul remains untouched, ever pure, ever perfect. Even if we try with all our might to douse or hide it, it is always ready to set our personality ablaze with light.”

—Eknath Easwaran, p. 260, “Words to Live By”, Nilgiri Press

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Grace-Full Optimism

 

When I saw this camellia, I was touched by its upwards sweeps of joy and optimism despite its challenges of scorching heat or lack of water.

“Look at the optimism of nature. Nothing can stop it. Every aspect of nature tirelessly contributes its share to life. The participation of a little bird, an animal, a tree, a flower, always is complete. No matter what the hardships, they continue to try, wholeheartedly. Optimism is the light of God. It is a form of grace that allows you to be far more perceptive and to look at life with greater clarity.”

–Amma




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O God You Search Me and You Know Me

Seeing this frog being rained upon made me think of the Psalm 139. I could certainly relate to the experience of stormy weather. Sometimes I get frightened that God knows me too well, but when the storms come, I get comfort knowing God is with me and knows what is going on.

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