Live in the present…

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Live in the present.
Do the things that need to be done.
Do all the good you can each day.
The future will unfold.
PEACE PILGRIM

 In the midst of chaos there is a common cry… what can we do? Over the last few weeks an energy has stirred. An energy of shared inspiration and a vision for action. I am reminded of my college years when we were vocal about reducing nuclear arms – vocal and active. We knew the danger  and we marched to make a difference.

Today we know so much more. We can get information anytime, anywhere. Scary things are surfacing. Things that  we suspected back in the 80s but only now see their truth before us. While living through this unsettling change, seeds of distrust are being planted to separate us.

And so, what must we do to believe in one another and believe we can make a difference? Action is called for. In the public square and our neighborhoods. No answer will come to us with ease. As the work is demanding how do we gather energy and find Peace?

One idea- balance the hard work with kindness and acts of compassion.

‘Do all the good you can each day. For the future will unfold.’


Quote – Peace Pilgrim
Image – unknown

to find a good beginning

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I had gone back again to my little house and stood up on its roof and wanted to see a good end in all that and to find a good beginning in myself. And now, let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been…


~ Rainer Maria Rilke, from a letter to his wife in The Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke: 1892-1910

~ photo- source unknown

shared from the blog ‘Live and Learn’. Thank you, David!

The Rising Sun

When the sun rises, those who did not fear the night will be seen, still standing.


Quote and image taken from Steven Charleston

Love will come

If in your heart you make a manger for his birth.
Then God will once again become a child on earth
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We draw close and our hearts awaken.

A manger simple yet sturdy. Isn’t that what we seek in this season of Advent? We seek something that is strong enough to receive the promise of life and renewed love.

Isn’t that what these weeks before Christmas offer? They offer time set apart – time to focus on what gently holds our hope and calls us to watch and prepare a place for God.

We hope and listen. We prepare our hearts both outside and within, making room for new life and renewed love.


Reflection inspired by the song– If in your heart –
from the CD- An Unexpected Christmas – the Virginia Girls Choir and Ana Hernandez

Quote – Angelus Silesius
Art – He Qi

 

Saturday Morning

“Each of us leaves evidence on the earth…” – an important time to remember this. This moment in history is rich with possibilities! (thank you, David Kanigan)

Live & Learn

rabbit-nest-empty-meuseWhen an animal, a rabbit, say, beds down in a protecting fencerow, the weight and warmth of his curled body leaves a mirroring mark upon the ground. The grasses often appear to have been woven into a birdlike nest, and perhaps were indeed caught and pulled around by the delicate claws as he turned in a circle before subsiding into rest. This soft bowl in the grasses, this body-formed evidence of hare, has a name, an obsolete but beautiful word: meuse. (Enticingly close to Muse, daughter of Memory, and source of inspiration.) Each of us leaves evidence on the earth that in various ways bears our form.

Sally Mann, from Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs


Notes: Photo: Merry Magpie Farm. Quote: Brainpickings

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Heart’s memory


The heart, like the mind, has a memory. And in it are kept the most precious keepsakes.


~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~

Breathe 

Breathing in I see myself as still water;
Breathing out I reflect things as they are.

Thich Nhat Hahn