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To Flourish is to Bloom

Blooming is Becoming When I am among the trees, especially the willows and the honey locust, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness. I would almost say that they save me, and daily. I am so distant from the hope of myself, in which I have goodness, and discernment, and never hurry through the world but walk slowly, and bow often. Around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out, “Stay awhile.” The light flows from their branches. And they […]

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Call and Response

Your true name has the secret power to call you.” ―Vera Nazarian   “Connection to the one whose heart beats with ours.” –Joan Chittster “One time, having tea with a friend, we were in deep conversation when the phone rang. I ignored it, thinking I was being polite. Jerry stopped his thought mid-sentence and asked, ‘Aren’t you going to get the phone? Maybe God is calling you.’ I looked at him In amazement, reached for the receiver, and tentatively said, ‘ hello?. . . ” I don’t remember who was […]

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Beauty

“What you encounter, recognize or discover depends to a large degree on the quality of your approach. Many of the ancient cultures practiced careful rituals of approach. An encounter of depth and spirit was preceded by careful preparation. When we approach with reverence, great things decide to approach us. Our real life comes to the surface and its light awakens the concealed beauty in things. When we walk on the earth with reverence, beauty will decide to trust us. The rushed heart and arrogant mind lack the gentleness and patience […]

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The Secret Life of Contradiction

‘Rock Solid’ I said beneath my feet the ground opened deeper truth emerged Deeper Wisdom  Expanding rocks can sometimes crack and crumble away. As I grew and became more solid in who I was and what was true for me, my marriage fell apart. Erosion is the geological process in which earthen materials are worn away and transported by natural forces such as wind or water. It is true many things and people I thought would be in my life forever have been carried away by one thing or another […]

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Passing over in Silence

“I don’t know why we are here, but I‘m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves. …. said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence. …. There are, indeed, things that cannot be put into words.” –Wittgenstein Click to watch the Video;  Voicing The Invisible   In closing the evening at Listen To The Forest A Community written Haiku     out of a great need together in Solitude we all become one   Click to […]

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We Have A Beautiful Mother Earth Day 2018

“Our existence is a miracle to celebrate From the cellular to the galactic, a vast and brilliant web of improbable connections and relations . . . . There is a point to this celebration, to this reclamation of the sensual pleasures: To reawaken our sentience and sense of connection to the whole, to remember The Nature of Being Human.” –Amanda Leigh Morrison I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. —From “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer  Earth’s the right place for love: I don’t know where […]

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Listen to The Forest: One’s own Experience of Connecting

 “One of the main functions of organized religion is to protect people against a direct experience of God.” —Carl Jung Jung is right as we explored Tuesday at Listen to the Forest.  We could hear among the sharings as we struggled to discern what we were in need of and what we were offering, the fear.  The thing that people fear most is freedom: freedom to breathe, to dance and to experience life for themselves. Jung’s quote spoke of a “direct experience of God”b y which he meant a direct experience of […]

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Not Knowing

AFTER We have cracked the categories Analyzed the knowing Decentered, deconstructed     The world                                                       Art and Beauty                                                       Ourselves                                   […]

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Finding Who We Have Not Yet Become

“And now I am listening hard in the grandiose silence of the snow,” and I do not find place nor poem.  Piles and miles of snow make walking if not impossible, dangerous for a few.  Back to the river we go to the same banks we encountered death  and there we shall welcome back Spring.  But still no poem!  How to prepare for a Sacred Sunday without a poem? The morning starts with a haiku as my want of a poem to organize the morning around grows.  Pause, breathe, trust […]

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Listen To The Forest

You can practice deep listening in order to relieve the suffering in us, and in the other person.  That kind of listening is described as compassionate listening.  You listen only for the purpose  of relieving suffering in the other person. __Nhat Hanh The unexpected action of deep listening can create a space of transformation capable of shattering complacency and despair. –Terry Tempest Williams Deep listening is experiencing heightened awareness or expanded awareness of sound and silence, of quiet, and of sounding – making sounds. –Pauline Olveros “The key is not […]

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