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Peony

May 2015C2 1061a
Yesterday. The first of the peonies opened up.

When we look into the heart of a flower, we see cloud, sunshine, minerals, time, the earth, and everything else in the cosmos in it.  Without clouds, there could be no rain, and there would be no flower.  Without time, the flower could not bloom.  In fact, the flower is made entirely of non-flower elements; it has no independent, individual existence.  It “inter-is” with everything else in the universe.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh