the soil of appreciation

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The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.

 


Quote: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Image: Ahmed Saffu

 

Sit Here…

autumn

 

The leaves are turning,
one by one carried away in the crisp wind […]
Away, away, says the blue and gold day,
and no one hears it but the wind…
Sit here —…
This is heaven.
Sit. Stay.

 


Quote: Margaret Gibson, from “Heaven“ in Broken Cup: Poems

Photo: Framed by Aspens – Crested Butte, CO @ramblinjoe – Wild_Turtl3

 

 

thank you, David Kanigan from Live and Learn

In awe of all that surrounds us…

Mysteries, Yes

Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous to be understood.
How grass can be nourishing in the
mouths of the lambs.
How rivers and stones are forever
in allegiance with gravity
while we ourselves dream of rising.

How two hands touch and the bonds will never be broken.
How people come, from delight or the scars of damage,
to the comfort of a poem.

Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have the answers.
Let me keep company always with those who say
“Look!” and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.


It is easy to be distracted – by life and all of its busy ways. Capturing moments of awe and wonder can be difficult, as we so often hear words discouraging the need for such time. Words that insist we only look in the directions guided by others.

These demands leave a restless and hungry spirit. A spirit longing to explore without direction. Wander into places where there is no need for answers. Wander long enough to appreciate the miracle of creation in detail.

Like prayer, these moments away from the directed path of life are found with intention. It is not the amount of time given, five minutes is as good as one hour. This time is calm for the soul —

— calm much needed for balance in this world which spins faster each day.


Quote: Mary Oliver

Active Hope

Active Hope is waking up to the beauty of life on whose behalf we can act.
We belong to this world.

 


Quote: Joanna Macy
Photo: Jaesung An