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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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Guest House

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.”

—Rumi

 




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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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Heart of Silicon Valley

mosaic collage Don Langdon

 

……………..…………….Silicon Valley……“Pi” in the sky
…………..…… +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
……….…hopes and dreams reaching for the stars, making a
……..difference.  Thank you to all people in all times: engineers
….researchers, scientists, doctors, visionaries who have contributed
………..….to technology in a way that help to heal people, to
……….……………..make lives easier.  People helping
……………………………. people.  Peace.
………………………………. ……………..Love.

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Rosary Tree

tree with flowers that look like rosaries
 
“True love in every moment praises God. Longing love brings a sorrow sweet to the pure. Seeking love belongs to itself alone. Understanding love gives itself equally to all. Enlightened love is mingled with the sadness of the world. But selfless love bears an effortless fruit, Working so quietly even the body cannot say how it comes and goes.”—Mechtild of Magdeburg, from “Women in Praise of the Sacred”, edited by Jane Hirshfield, p. 95

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Love is Her Signature

 

“The poetry of the earth is never dead.”

~John Keats
 

“After all, I don’t see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood.”

~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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What Does Light Talk About

illuminated succulent

“When you recognize her beauty,
the eye applauds,
the heart stands in an ovation,

and the tongue when she is near
is on its best behavior,

it speaks more like light.

What does light talk about?
I asked a plant that once,

It said, “I am not sure,
but it makes me
grow.”

–Thomas Aquinas, “Love Poems from God”, translated by Daniel Ladinsky

 




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A Bride Married to Amazement

When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse

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Deep Listening

 

When someone deeply listens to you
it is like holding out a dented cup
you’ve had since childhood
and watching it fill up with
cold, fresh water.
When it balances on top of the brim,
you are understood.
When it overflows and touches your skin,
you are loved.

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!

When someone deeply listens to you
your barefeet are on the earth
and a beloved land that seemed distant
is now at home within you.

— John Fox




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