Gazing in Wonder

I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach 10,000 stars how not to dance. – e.e.cummings Since everything has slowed down to a crawl these days, I have lingered longer while window gazing. For the past week or so hummingbirds have appeared to browse through the pussy willows in the woodlot just …

The Unwanting Soul

The unwanting soul sees what’s hidden, and the wanting soul sees only what it wants. – LaoZi A modest purity dwells in the silky silence of blades of grass sweeping away the sand grain by grain. The spirit must open wide to discover such rich experiences. Stop the time-clock and uncover a cosmos: beneath your …

Tranquil Soul

How many times have you noticed that it’s the little quiet moments in the midst of life that seem to give the rest extra-special meaning? – Fred Rogers Quiet is energizing. Mechanically the days move at the same pace, but moments slow down when passed quietly. The other morning I listened to the soft rustle …

Keep Hope Alive

Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed. – C.K.Chesterton This morning a dove appeared outside our window. Doves have been seen as a symbol of peace and hope for thousands of years. Our attention was called to the …

Creative Spirit

No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit. – Ansel Adams Each of us views the world through a unique looking glass. Our physical senses experience the world …

The Power of a Smile

It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living. – F. Scott Fitzgerald A smile can seem inconsequential in normal times. But when the times get tough it feels like sunny days will never return, look in …

For Those We Love

A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead. – Graham Greene So many people are posting about who they staying inside for. I am staying inside for my wife and for my children. My kids are all adults …

Our Journey Together

The world, as we have created it, is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking. – Albert Einstein Rainbows occur during the storm, not after it. They are shimmering signs of what is to come once the storm passes. Around the world, there is an upwelling of love and …

Rewrite Your Life Story

If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten. – Rudyard Kipling These are historic times. Monumental changes are happening to societies around the world. Little of the once “normal” life will go untouched by this cataclysm. But we are not helpless. We are not hopeless and simply cast adrift …

Manifesting Change

One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end. – Krishnamurti Currently we all face an uncertain future for ourselves and our loved ones, for our friends, coworkers and strangers alike. We all are in this together. A cloud of unknowns has descended upon us. There are …