“The Amen of nature is always a flower”
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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“Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of Spring?”
“When we see the Beloved in each person,
it’s like walking through a garden,
watching flowers bloom all around us.”
~ Ram Dass ~
As this radiant Fall morning unfolds, I know there will be flowers blooming everywhere today… Looking forward to this day’s walk in the garden.
“Tis my faith that every flower,
Enjoys the air it breathes.”
“With freedom, books, flowers and the moon, who could not be happy”
Indeed. Small and large wonders around us when noticed and absorbed in their fullness can create happiness. There are thousands of other wonders but freedom, books, flowers and the moon are a really good start…..
“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
“Write it in your heart that every day is the best day of the year.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.”
Ruth Bebee Hill, in her book of the Lakota, Hanta Yo, first introduced me to the nonexistence of a “weed”. I was in my twenties when I first read her words and hadn’t thought of a weed in just that way before. In her dedication to authenticity, the author translated the entirety of her book to the Lakota language from English, then back to English again for publication (this has since been disputed). She stated that she had a deep sense that she had not captured the essence of the Lakota experience on her first try in English, and in learning the language, and therefore the worldview and conceptual landscape the culture lived in, she was able to give the reader a more true feel and understanding of the life and connections of the Lakota (ethnologists again disagree). No word for “weed” exists in the Lakota language (this I believe they do agree on!). They do not have a concept for a throw away or non-respected plant in their world. There is an honoring of all that is given as useful, unique and sacred. This is a good way of living on the planet.
I captured these images (slideshow will load below) in my yard and woods. Not planted and unplanned, these living wonders are gifts given by nature. Beautiful and appreciated beyond measure. Certainly not “weeds”.
“Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be, and
embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness.”
~ Caroline Myss
“Bloom Where You’re Planted”
-Saint Francis de Sales
“Happiness is not in our circumstance, but in ourselves, it is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel like the heat of fire, happiness is something we are.”
-John B. Sheerin
Certainly I have waited for… perfect circumstances, a perfect body, a perfect life – to know happiness.
There is no more waiting. Now I am blooming every day, where I am, accepting all that IS. I know happiness. It is here now. It is in spite of, and embracing of, all that is. Yes, we can all, bloom where we’re planted.
“I live most often in what I call the marvelous messy middle- where I feel ALL my feelings deeply, I just don’t spend so much time in the negative ones. “
-Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy