A thousand suns and stars manifest in this one flower
With an inheritance of sky blue crown
And yet another combination in this kaleidoscope of life
Reflecting the infinite
We are never alone
“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.
One year, when I was learning to use a photo editing program, Adobe Photoshop, my teacher wanted us to jump right in and use the digital paintbrush. Very intimidated by the thought of painting, my teacher suggested something to ease the process, to turn on some music, and paint what the music suggested. I listened to “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper.
As I listened, the image evolved (above) and these words popped into my head:
Breathing in, I know that Spirit fills me…
I remember a Divine Spark is dwelling within
Always there, always available
A deep well which refreshes
Focusing on the breath of Life
I start to relax in peace
Dissolving fears anxiety
Joy dances upwards