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Forty Early Mornings

Glory of morning.

Forty Early Mornings Alone

A new moon teaches gradualness

and deliberation, and how one gives birth

to oneself slowly. Patience with small details

makes perfect a large work, like the universe.

What nine months of attention does for an embryo

forty early mornings alone will do

for your gradually growing wholeness.

-Rumi, The Illuminated Rumi

Zinnia o’clock

Tomorrow morning I will begin my forty early mornings of sadhana (practice).  I’ve decided to stick with Kundalini yoga at this point because it’s become something I love.  After looking at a variety of options, I will be sticking with the DVD I mentioned in yesterday’s post.  It starts with an “Awake” sequence that is about 22 minutes long which will be perfect for those days I don’t have the time or energy to do the entire hour-long practice.  The DVD makes it much less complicated for me, too, in terms of streaming since the weather can and does cause occasional problems with the satellite internet connection.

Beautyberry. (I’d forgotten the name of this plant. Thanks to Woodland Gnome at The Forest Garden blog for identifying it on her blog recently.)

A few of you have expressed interest in starting a yoga practice.  If you’d like to join me, I’d welcome your company.  It doesn’t have to be anything complicated.  Ten or twenty minutes for 40 days.  There are lots of practices to be found online.  If you’d like a few recommendations, let me know and I’ll email you with some thoughts and links.

Early morning in the woods.

That’s why it’s called a practice. We have to practice a practice if it is to be of value.

~ Allan Lokos, Patience:  The Art of Peaceful Living

Sunrise light and dew.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Drop by drop.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  291)  The many songs that the wind and rain have been singing today.  Jose’s songs.  292)  Hot apple cider for an afternoon treat of sweet and tart and delicious.  293)  Beginnings.  294)  Explorations.  295)  The fullness of the flowers at the end of the growing season.


Robin is... too many things to list, but here is a start: an artist and writer; a photographer and saunterer; a daughter and sister and granddaughter; a friend, a partner, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother; a gardener, a great and imaginative cook, and the creator of wonderful sandwiches.

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