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Music in a Plant

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent”—Victor Hugo

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”—Maya Angelou

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”—Lao Tzu
Lao Tzu
“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.”—Pablo Casals

“If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music.”—Thomas Carlyle

“Music is well said to be the speech of angels.”—Thomas Carlyle




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Mind’s Eye

 

Mind's Eye

“When someone deeply listens to you
the room where you stay
starts a new life
and the place where you wrote
your first poem
begins to glow in your mind’s eye.
It is as if gold has been discovered!”

—John Fox

 

“Getting centered in the light within, and then seeing from the consciousness of light, is actually a “light treatment”. When you see from the consciousness of light, you project a flow of light energy that becomes a healing influence. The Hebrew word for “eye” is ayin, which means “fountain.” There is a natural flowing forth of transcendent light from the eye. In other words, you will no longer see light—you see with light. The statement that the eyes are the windows of the soul is apropos here.”—Eric Butterworth, “The Creative Life”

 

 




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focus word: practice

 

focus word: practice

This image reminds me of Mother Teresa’s idea to continuous creating little drops of oil into a lamp, and that the love does not have to be extraordinary, but little, but in this image, it is like a stairway to heaven, each practice makes a step that carries you higher:

 

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focus word: stop

 

These fluorescent-orange flower like a stop symbol for me
ability to stop what I am doing is an important practice
so when I notice I am off-target, I can stop, make adjustments
stop when the day is done, and not over-do, be in balance

 

“The path of loving trust means to stop doubting and being discouraged, casting all our worries and cares on the Lord, and to walk in total freedom.”

Mother Teresa

 

“…take the opportunity to stop and listen to the sounds of Sacred Unity all around you.  In each, there is a drop of the One, and in that drop is the ocean of all divine qualities.”

Sufi Book of Life, Neil Douglas-Klotz




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Reflection Word: Sabbath

 

new leaf

could be a day out in Nature to refresh and renew, enjoying the great cathedral of the outdoors

could be as short as one refreshing breath

could be time in church, meditation, prayer

could be a walk with no destination in mind,  just savoring each breath, tree and flower, taking the time

I found some new leaves nestled in a pink “nest” to savor

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Reflection Word: Beloved

 

Beloved: be-love

“Every time you listen with great attentiveness to the voice that calls you the Beloved, you will discover within yourself a desire to hear that voice longer and more deeply.”

—Henri J. M. Nouwen

“Sweep out the chambers of your heart.  Make it ready.  Make it ready to be the dwelling of the Beloved.  When you depart, love will enter.  In you, void of yourself, God will display Her beauty.”

– Sufi




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Listen to the Birds

 

“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich, to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never, in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common, this is to be my symphony.”

—William Henry Channing

 

This is a digital collage of a statue of St. Francis I saw at San Damiano Retreat in Danville, California, and an abstract white bird I found at the steps to the Poor Clares at Immaculate Heart Monastery.

This is available as a greeting card at my Etsy shop.

 




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Gift of Silence

 

“The true contemplative is not one who prepares his mind for a particular message that he wants or expects to hear, but is one who remains empty because he knows that he can never expect to anticipate the words that will transform his darkness into light.  He does not even anticipate a special kind of transformation.  He does not demand light instead of darkness.  He waits on the Word of God in silence, and, when he is “answered,” it is not so much by a word that bursts into his silence.  It is by his silence itself, suddenly, inexplicably revealing itself to him as a word of great power, full of the voice of God.”

—Thomas Merton, “Dialogue with Silence”, ed. Jonathan Motaldo




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