“You are not separate from the whole. You are one with the sun, the earth, the air. You don’t have a life. You are life.”—Eckhart Tolle
“We often forget that the planet we are living on has given us all the elements that make up our bodies. The water in our flesh, our bones, and all the microscopic cells inside our bodies all come from the Earth and are part of the Earth. The Earth is not just the environment we live in. We are the Earth and we are always carrying her within us.
Realizing this, we can see that the Earth is truly alive. We are a living, breathing manifestation of this beautiful and generous planet. Knowing this, we can begin to transform our relationship to the Earth. We can begin to walk differently and to care for her differently. We will fall completely in love with the Earth. When we are in love with someone or something, there is no separation between ourselves and the person or thing we love. We do whatever we can for them and this brings us great joy and nourishment. That is the relationship each of us can have with the Earth. That is the relationship each of us must have with the Earth if the Earth is to survive, and if we are to survive as well.”
—Thich Nhat Hanh (Love Letter to the Earth)
“A pool is the eye of the garden in whose candid depths is mirrored its advancing grace.”—Lousie Bebe Wilder
I do believe the pond in my mother’s garden is a kind of eye, magnet and fascination.
Birds splash at the base of the waterfall taking a bath from time to time.
Hummingbirds dart here and there sipping from the flowers.
The colorful koi chase each other around and sometimes pop their heads up out of the water.
The lavender water irises glow.
The sounds of the waterfall refresh.
Dragonflies balance on the tall grasses.
Butterflies happily visit the flowers.
Breathing in, I see the sky in this flower
Breathing out, I feel spaciousness within me. I am thankful for this breath.
Breathing in, I see the sun’s rays reflected in this flower
Breathing out, I know the sun is in my heart, pumping blood, guiding my way.
Breathing in, I see a cloud in this flower
Breathing out, I know water is coursing through my veins.
Breathing in, I know that the flower’s roots transport minerals to the iris, helping it to stand up tall
Breathing out, I feel my feet connected to Mother Earth who nourishes me.
“Be still and know that I am GOD…
Be still and know that I AM…
Be still and KNOW…
– Six Line Prayer by Josh Baran based on Psalm 46
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
He refreshes my soul.”
“Love is the Water of Life.”