I rest my eyes upon this flower
Peek into the unfurled petals
Breathe in the soft orange glow
The flower softens
Brings a smile
to my face
glow in my heart
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
_ Chief Seattle, Letter to President Franklin Pierce
I haven’t been in my garden a lot lately. But, today I spent some time digging and unearthing; Pruning and removing old growth. Finding tender blooms, worms, bees and promise of spring.
We have 3 chickens and they were out and about finding their own goodies. Every now and then, 1 would come by to see what I had found.
Grateful for the time to be outdoors and enjoy nature. To put my hands in cool soil, to see the blooms and feel the warmth of the sun.
A slice of lemon in hot water can start or end a day beautifully. It does not replace my coffee or tea intake, but drinking hot water with a slice of lemon has a renewing quality of its own. Hot water with lemon is a sure way to align with nature on any day.
Aligning with nature can bring inner balance and peace. It is from this place of belonging and connection that we can take actions to bring peace to the world.
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread. Places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul ~ John Muir
This lilac tree was once struggling to bloom and thrive. We moved it from a shaded part of the garden to a sunnier location. We gave it some rich nourishing soil and have continued to add soil through the years. The tree has bloomed like clockwork by the 2nd week of May every year. Last year a wren built a nest in the tree and we had the joy of seeing fledglings emerge and fly. A once fragile tree is now a shelter for other beings.
It’s not just plants that don’t thrive in some areas but do well in others. Happens to all living beings. Conditions need to be consistently evaluated. Where some beings do well, others might require help, further nourishing and enrichment. Not always easy to uproot and move but one can always ammend the situation, balance out the environment and find ways to grow.
We can make ourselves miserable or we can make ourselves strong. The amount of effort is the same – Pema Chodron
This is a Book Review of Braving It : A Father, A Daughter, And An Unforgettable Journey Into The Alaskan Wild
In this book the author and dad, James Campbell, brings trust, faith, fear, fearlessness and love in an adventure with his daughter. In this space, his daughter, Aidan boldly steps into being vulnerable in the face of difficulty and unknown circumstances. Aidan, relies on her abilities, confidence and intuition as she makes difficult decisions through their adventure in Alaskan wilderness. Not everyone can embark on such a journey through Alaska, however cultivating empowering relationships is within everyones reach. In this profoundly written book, James Campbell shows a glimpse of what its like to cultivate a wise relationship, with ourselves, each other and nature while being in an unknown place and on uneven ground.
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