HOW IT IS WITH US, AND
HOW IT IS WITH THEM
We become religious,
then we turn from it,
then we are in need and maybe we turn back.
We turn to making money,
then we turn to the moral life,
then we think about money again.
We meet wonderful people, but lose them
in our busyness.
We’re, as the saying goes, all over the place.
Steadfastness, it seems,
is more about dogs than about us.
One of the reasons we love them so much.
The winter weather has me reading more – a very good thing! And what’s better than reading Mary Oliver’s poetry while sitting next to the fire in my studio with my steadfast companion, Hannah, curled up behind me?
For those of you who have a dog and like Mary Oliver’s poetry, I highly recommend Dog Songs. The poems will touch your heart and make you smile.
Let the light of your inner fire shine outward
THE LAUGHING HEART
your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous.
the gods wait to delight
You are marvelous! Let the gods delight in you – today!
Moon over Santa Fe
There are exactly as many special
special occasions in life
as we choose to celebrate.
What will you choose to celebrate today?
Bird on the cottonwood
The most important decision you make
is to be in a good mood.
St. Francis in the snow
Our greatest weapon against stress is
our ability to choose one thought over another.
Bella Blue in the snow
Nothing can be more useful to you than
a determination not to be hurried.
~Henry David Thoreau~
My intention for today: Go slow, choose peace and be happy.
Sunday Morning Beauty
Set peace of mind as your highest goal
and organize your life around it.
Sunday afternoon walk
Never be in a hurry; do everything
quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not
lose your inner peace, even if your
whole world is upset.
~St. Francis de Sales~
Aspens in the snow
We had our first major snowfall of the season here in Santa Fe, and woke to our world blanketed in white powder on Sunday morning – breath-taking beauty! There is something about snow that calms me. As I sat in front of the fire that morning, looking out the windows at the artwork of Mother Nature, I felt peace flow through my body. It’s now Tuesday, the snow remains and I have held on to inner peace. However, the holidays are upon us, the snow will melt and I know myself all too well to trust that the peaceful feelings will remain; so my intention is to work for everyday inner peace. I will post little reminders for myself and all of you who also have a tendency to get caught up in holiday busyness. There is nothing wrong with being busy as long as we remember to stay present to what we are doing; enjoy each moment, even when things don’t go the way we wish; and know when it’s time to take a break.
On the street where we live
The time to relax is when
you don’t have time to relax.
~Sydney J. Harris~
There are days I drop words of comfort
on myself like falling leaves and
remember that it is enough to
be taken care of by myself.
Here is my wish for you and every other child,
woman, and man on the face of the earth:
Spend one week saying only kind things to
yourself. Say thank you at least ten times
an hour, direct five toward yourself and
five to the world at large. Compliment
yourself (and others) each time an effort
is made. Notice all the wonderful qualities
and characteristics about yourself and
those around you. One week. You will
never go back. And your whole life
will be a glorious meditation.