Ordinary

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We are all special. And……none of us is special, we are all the same. Honeysuckle blooming is spectacular, and the rest of the time it’s pretty ordinary. Nature has created beauty everywhere, you just have to be watching for it.

Lucky

 

IMG_5050My Aunt Jan always said there was no such thing as luck, that it was about being in the right place at the right time. Coincidence? I don’t believe in coincidence either. So, what’s it all about Alfie? Awareness! Noticing, and then noticing what you notice. Drink it in and let the beauty, and the light, and the damage, all of it, let it touch you and resonate with every one of your cells. And then let it go so you can make space for the next moment of your life.

Stillness

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It’s a gift to be still.

Nevermind the admonitions, just do it…..and enjoy.

The Light Upon This Earth

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The single most beautiful thing, is light. Here are the new pink Katsura buds illuminated by the moon, the Pink Moon, to be exact. Dawn is my happy place, that sliver of time between the healing darkness and the beauty of the light upon this earth.

Light

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The light upon this earth: immense, delighting, perfect.

Spiral

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Going in, and going out, all of life is a spiral. Cycles and emerging and becoming. Treasuring each step along the way, I saw one of the last of this summer’s beauties on my walk yesterday. I share her with you so you’ll remember that we will spiral back in a few months. For now we are traveling inward again.

Art

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Free time in the art room gives us time to explore what’s happening inside. That’s where the beauty resides, and the tangle of truth. I worked on some pages in my art journal about myself, my mother, and grandmother. They made fimo monsters!

Beauty

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Took them on a photo toot yesterday. Teaching them that there is beauty to be found in every shot-you need only look carefully.

Light

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My creative time has fallen by the wayside this past week, so after lunch we took our cameras to the backyard. I think it’s possible to make every shot beautiful, or interesting at least, and one of my favorite ways to do so is to shoot at ground level. The light is more complex there, and the shadow more profound. Close to the Earth from which we spring, from which we receive all things, I find her beauty almost unimaginable.

Beauty

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When my grandchildren become ten we plan a trip together to the destination of their choice. My oldest granddaughter wanted to see the Eiffel Tower and ride the Chunnel. Traveling overseas just once before, naturally, I was a bit nervous. Giverny was my antidote to that apprehension. Beauty can be found everywhere around us, and some gifted souls arrange that magnificence in such a way that breathing in its aura, standing amongst the plants and structures, brings peace to every cell of one’s body. Monet was a master in the garden as well as in front of the canvas. We spent the day drinking in the timeless beauty of his creation that surrounds his home. Both garden and house, filled with color and delightful vistas, entice the visitor to spend more time within them. I could have spent days there.

Creating beauty soothes us as well, so, today they will devote some time to creating beauty. In the art room, in the garden, in their rooms, wherever the muse takes them….for creativity is the soul of existence.

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