“All of us, children and adults, are beautiful flowers. Our eyelids are exactly like rose petals, especially when our eyes are closed. Our ears are like morning glories listening to the sound of birds. Our lips form a beautiful flower every time we smile. And our two hands are a lotus flower with five petals. The practice is to keep our “flowerness” alive and present, not just for our own benefit but for the happiness of everyone.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
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“The sun is shining – the sun is shining. That is the magic. The flowers are growing – the roots are stirring. That is the magic. Being alive is the Magic – being strong is the Magic. The Magic is in me – the Magic is in me. . . It’s in every one of us.”
– Master Colin from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
…seen on the lawn at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California, a pumpkin glass art show…
“There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.”
first camellia of the autumn
smiling hello as I leave my home
heart-centered, glowing gold,
of the heart of forgiveness
God gives us in our magic toolkit…
pushing out hurts
for God’s grace to flow
giving lightness of being
bringing gift of joy
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“Breathing in, I know that I am alive. Breathing out, I smile to that aliveness.”
—Thich Nhat Hanh
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I had walked past this sculpture many times at Foothill College, but one day when I was not in a hurry, enjoying the fresh air, I peered up at the trees through the sculpture and was amazed at what I saw. Even without the camera as a frame, I could see an “X”. “X” marked the spot, the point from which I saw magic.
For me, that particular “X” symbolizes the present moment, through which I can see things I may miss. There is no hurry here. The frame of the sculpture helped me to appreciate the tree and all its curves. It became a kind of lens, causing me to see in a more concentrated way, just as if I were looking through the view-finder on my camera. It caused me to stop for awhile.
The present moment can become a frame of wonder. You can begin to see things newly. You do not need a camera. You don’t need the sculpture. Just stop for awhile. Breathe. Relax. Notice. Wonder. Enjoy. Create that frame. Be like a child and look out at the world through the lens of wonder.
This is a smoke tree. The leaves are decorated with rainbows from the radiant spider webs. I had meant to focus on the spider web, but this is what happened, blurry spiderweb. It was totally accidental. I didn’t even notice the rainbows when I took the photo. There may have been a bit of dew on them. I was seeing something different. When I got home to look at the photo on the camera, I was delighted by the magic in it even if what I was focusing on was blurry.
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