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A Monday meander

Stripes across the sky.

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.

~ Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder 

We do not understand the earth in terms either of what it offers us or of what it requires of us, and I think it is the rule that people inevitably destroy what they do not understand.

~ Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

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A Monday meander

Entering the darkness of the woods.
Entering the darkness on a sunny day.

Lost

Stand still.
The trees ahead and the bushes beside you Are not lost.
Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you,
If you leave it you may come back again, saying Here.

No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still.
The forest knows Where you are.
You must let it find you.

~ David Whyte, The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America

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A Monday meander

A sun dappled entrance to the woods. The Trail of Change, Pocomoke River State Park.
A sun dappled entrance to the woods. The Trail of Change, Pocomoke River State Park.

“…we’re not even really hiking,
more like meandering in cinematic light.”

~ Kristen Henderson, Drum Machine

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If we were having coffee: For the birds edition

On the Pocomoke River
On the Pocomoke River, a mandala I drew last weekend.

What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt — it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else.

~ Hal Boyle

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Out and about

Pink cloud sunrise
Pink cloud sunrise

This human being is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

~ Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi

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Share Your World Week #46

Let's go see the old church.
Let’s go see the old church and cemetery.

If you’re reading this, if there’s air in your lungs on this November day, then there is still hope for you.  Your story is still going.  And maybe some things are true for all of us.  Perhaps we all relate to pain.  Perhaps we all relate to fear and loss and questions.  And perhaps we all deserve to be honest, all deserve whatever help we need.  Our stories are all so many things:  Heavy and light.  Beautiful and difficult.  Hopeful and uncertain.  But our stories are not finished yet.  There is still time, for things to heal and change and grow.  There is still time to be surprised.  We are still going, you and I.  We are stories still going.

~ Jamie Tworkowski

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