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Our Eternal Nature

 

our eternal nature

When I saw this tree trunk, I saw immediately the figure 8, or the eternal symbol. Even in its brokenness (cut off limbs), it spoke to me of our eternal nature, something which exists even when our body perishes.

“There is an eternal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives.”—Josephine Hart




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Poor in Spirit

 

winter longing for the Light
so concentrated
it became so poor, empty of self
that the winter roots sprouted wings

 

“When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

—Matthew 5:1-3

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Remember

 

remember => re-member => we are members of One Body => brothers and sisters of the same Father and Mother

remember => your True Essence => turn your life back to God => repent => re-Unite => be whole

“Every forest branch moves differently in the breeze but as they sway they connect at the roots.”—Jelaluddin Rumi from “Birdsong” and “The Essential Rumi”

 




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Lead Us to Thy Holy Light

One day, I noticed a nativity scene made by Mother Nature in the bark of a Chinese Pepper tree. I saw 3 kings on the right bending over the Christ child, with cherubic angelic faces above, and more angels on the ground peeking over the manger.

“Star of wonder, Star of night,
Star of royal beauty bright,Westward leading, still proceeding,
Lead us to thy Holy Light”

from the Christmas Carol “We Three Kings”




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Ancient Oak

 

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held above by the heavens of infinity
rooted below by Mother Earth
this tree seems to be longing to unite both heaven and earth
like a bridge or conduit
in the state of be-long-ing
some parts of it wanting to touch the sky
and another part
wanting to return to its roots from which it came
love roots
and sky roots
both home
remembering from where it came

 

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Autumn Dance

 

gingko leaves and wood spirit

“all of nature says “yes””
spring-summer-early fall, the leaves open to the light
collecting light for the tree
nourishing the trunk, the branches, me
collecting light for the roots
so when autumn and winter rains and cold comes
there is stored light in the roots
for the short days and long nights

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Take Off Your Shoes

 

light streaming through tree

 

“Taking off your shoes is a sacred ritual.  It is a hallowed moment of remembering the goodness of space and time. It is a way of celebrating the holy ground on which you stand.  If you want to be a child of wonder, cherish the truth that time and space are holy.  Whether you take your shoes off symbolically or literally matters little.  What is important is that you are alive to the holy ground on which you stand and to the holy ground that you are.”

—Macrina Wiederkehr, “Seasons of Your Heart”




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