Wild turkey picture taken from home…
“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”
-Henry David Thoreau
“Love they said burns you and builds you!
But with you, there is no ash,
“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”
Respect and care for our planet is every day. With each breath pure nature sustains us at the most fundamental and genuine level of being.
Every Day is Earth Day.
Thank you Mother Nature for your gracious, overwhelming gifts.
I am forever in gratitude.
“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.”
“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.”
-William Shakespeare“On Earth Day, we celebrate all the gifts the world and nature make available to us. We recognize our complete dependence on its bounty. And we acknowledge the need for good stewardship to preserve its fruits for future generations.”
“When you become scientifically literate, I claim, you become an environmentalist.”
“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains.”
Our new year is a gift of 365 mornings resplendent in fresh beginnings and the possibility for sweet reflective endings. Here’s to giving each one of these days as glorious a greeting as the sun gives the mountains, with abundant gratitude from sunrise to sunset.
Happiest of New Years!! May it be brimming with Radiant Health, Adventure, Love, Learning, Deepening, Blessings, Unexpected Gifts and a Peaceful Heart, infused with nature, animals, family and friends!!
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
“I like to walk alone on country paths,
rice plants and wild grasses on both sides,
putting each foot down on the earth
in mindfulness, knowing
that I walk on the wondrous earth.
In such moments, existence is a miraculous
and mysterious reality.
People usually consider walking on water
or in thin air a miracle.
But I think the real miracle
is not to walk either on water or in thin air,
but to walk on earth.
Every day we are engaged in a miracle
which we don’t even recognize:
a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves,
the black, curious eyes of a child–
our own two eyes.
All is a miracle.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Ecstatic in the bounty of the rain today.
Its waters slow sinking deep into our earth,
A boundless love offering,
A pour of life.
Today, I am in gratitude for the rain.
“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head
with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.”
“How quick we are to find the rainbow,
before being thankful for the rain.”
2015 has dawned!
With it, a renewed realization that in every day, every hour and every new year, we are empowered to begin anew. We can create the miraculous. Revolutionary changes in our very being are available in each new moment.
The new year inspires. Breathing together and in solitary communion, we know we have the power to change. And to be. There is hope. A quickening. A deepening.
May 2015 allow deep breathing into the wonder…
and a realization of the gifts of the present.
Peace, prosperity, laughter, great love, simple deeds, adventures, inner growth, understanding, quiet, time to reflect in gratitude are wished for people everywhere. And to the planet and the animals may there be reverence, respect and radiance.
May our awareness allow the absorption into the new hours and moments of this new year.
“Breathing in I Feel Gratitude…
Breathing out I Give Thanks…
Breathing in I Feel Joyful…
Breathing out I Celebrate…
Breathing in I Know Compassion…
Breathing out I Am Compassion…
Breathing in I Feel Loved
Breathing out I Offer Love…
Breathing in I Am Still…
Breathing out I Am At Peace…
Breathing in I am Enough… “
-Aunty Nania, Molokai
Sweet breathing indeed!
*The photo at the top of this post is of Nanaistako, Chief Mountain, a most sacred place of the Blackfeet Nation. It radiates power and masculinity for miles and is quite beautiful in myriad ever changing light blessings and in every season. Love spending time with the Chief.
The video below provides ten minutes of beautiful images, wisdom filled words, and a simple and profound perspective that may change your days. Take a minute (well, ten minutes). I promise it will be worth it…
Time and a sense of wonder. Amazing what depth they bring to your hours and your sense of gratitude.
Time and wonder – I hope you can give those gifts to yourself today.