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A meander on Tuesday

Baby loblollies rising up above the periwinkles.  (Or maybe they are spindly spaceships floating among a sea of blue stars.)

Sometimes the soul takes pictures of things it has wished for, but never seen.

~ Anne Sexton

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A Monday meander: Love and place

A beautiful sunrise.

Love makes you see a place differently, just as you hold differently an object that belongs to someone you love. If you know one landscape well, you will look at all other landscapes differently. And if you learn to love one place, sometimes you can also learn to love another.

~ Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces 

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Grounding and centering

Almost heart-shaped lichen.

With me I always carry my peace message:  This is the Way of Peace:  Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.  There is nothing new about this message, except the practice of it.  And the practice of it is required not only in the international situation but also in the personal situation.  I believe that the situation in the world is a reflection of our own immaturity.  If we were mature, harmonious people, war would be no problem whatever — it would be impossible…

All of us can work for peace.  We can work right where we are, right within ourselves, because the more peace we have within our own lives, the more we can reflect into the outer situation.  In fact, I believe that the wish to survive will push us into some kind of uneasy world peace which will then need to be supported by a great inner awakening if it is to endure.

~ Peace Pilgrim

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A meander: Love and nature

Looking out over the marsh.

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.

~ Joseph Campbell

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A Monday meander: Love and voice

Tufted Titmouse at the feeder yesterday. He’s quite an athletic bird.

If you take care of birds, you take care of most of the environmental problems in the world.

~ Thomas Lovejoy, Biologist and Godfather of Biodiversity

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Happy Solstice

In a meadow of delight.

A Blessing for the New Year
BEANNACHT

On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble
May the clay dance
To balance you

And when your eyes
Freeze behind
The gray window
And the ghost of loss
Gets into you,
May a flock of colors,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
In the curragh of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.

…from To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, Doubleday, 2008 by John O’Donohue

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A Monday meander: Words

A week or so ago.

It is only through letting our heart break that we discover something unexpected: the heart cannot actually break–it can only break open. To live with an open heart is to experience life full-strength.

~John Welwood

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