Today I was fortunate enough to show my parents one of my favorite places!
According to a Buddhist saying, “The flowers in spring, the moon in the fall, a refreshing wind in summer, the snow in winter- what do I need more? Every hour is an hour of happiness for me.”
Being in nature and perceiving its beauty certainly gives me happiness!
“I let it be, this unbreakable light
So that I become one, uncomplicated and whole.”
“I see a stream with slow moving sections and patches of turbulence. I can sense it is drawn towards something bigger than itself – the lake sitting miles from its origin. I notice the water doesn’t question where it’s going – it just keeps moving.
“I look at the rocks under the strong current and observe that they are still and solid. They remain secure enough not to lose their grounded and nurturing attachment to the earth while being incessantly thrust upon. I suspect they trust in their purpose to slow down the speed of the water.
“Occasionally, I watch a leaf fall from its source. It lands in the stream and begins its way to the chaotic water. I ask myself if the leaf was clumsy and lost its true nature or if it was forced there by the winds because it was too stubborn to let go. No matter. It doesn’t fight the inevitable or swim like mad to return where it came from. The leaf surrenders to the short lived patterns of being spun around, dunked, and flipped over, knowing she will make her way to a new stretch of calm water.
“I take a deep breath by this stream and tell myself that it’s time for more faith when my waters are turbulent, for more trust, and a stronger sense that I am moving where I need to go – a place I can’t see yet, but know is there.”
– Carol Cooley
(Photo taken in Wilderness, South Africa)
“I listened, motionless and still;
and as I mounted up the hill,
the music in my heart I bore,
long after it was heard no more.”
– William Wordsworth
If you are fed up with work, longing for some weekend rest and relaxation, know this: the weekend feels so much better if you are lucky enough to have a job. You are actually blessed!
“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence”
– Henry David Thoreau
“Just living is not enough…
one must have sunshine,
freedom, and a little flower.”
Hans Christian Andersen
May the light clarify your path, and may your feet find a firm hold. May there be love on the way, and strength… Wishing you all a very happy new year!