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Be True to You

 

Something about the wildness of this flower really appealed to me. So free. Each hair did not have to be in place. Happy. Beautiful. Radiant. Free to be itself. Having faith.

 

John O’Donohue says it so eloquently in a “Blessing for a New Beginning”:

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New Frontiers

 

“Ideally, a human life should be a constant pilgrimage of discovery.  The most exciting discoveries happen at the frontiers.  When you come to know something new, you come closer to yourself and to the world.  Discovery enlarges and refines your sensibility.  When you discover something, you transfigure some of the forsakenness of the world.”

—John O’Donohue, “Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong”




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Light Calls Upon light

 

It seems Light calls upon light
Magnetic attraction

“Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back.
From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never
again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial
fulfillment.  The eternal makes you urgent.  You are loath to let
compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving
toward the summit of fulfillment.”
—John O’Donohue, “Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom”

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”—Frederick Buechner




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Vibrantly Alive

 

“Breathing in, I know that I am alive. Breathing out, I smile to that aliveness.”

—Thich Nhat Hanh

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Rhythm

“Perfection of rhythm, balanced perfection of rhythm. Everything in Nature is expressed by rhythmic waves of light. Every thought and action is a light-wave of thought and action. If one interprets the God within one, one’s thoughts and actions must be balanced rhythmic waves. Ugliness, fears, failures and diseases arise from unbalanced thoughts and actions. Therefore think beauty always if one desire vitality of body and happiness.”

—Walter Russell

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A Fish Cannot Drown In Water

 

“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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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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