nature

Sitting still

Sitting still
doing nothing
Spring comes
and the grass grows by itself.

~ a bit of Zen wisdom

April 1999 (Vol. XII, No. 4)

May you enjoy the BLESSINGS OF THE SPRING SEASON, dear friends! May you find renewal for your soul in times of silence and solitude in the midst of nature's beauty.

The silences of Earth

Confronting our own silences, and listening to ourselves, eventually moves us toward listening to other, previously unheard silences. To the silences in many who have had to quiet the expressive parts of themselves. To the silences of children, too often "shushed" as having nothing to contribute. To the silences of Earth, in its land and air and water, so often in pain where we have abused it, as well as to the faulty systems, structures, and customs that reinforce such troubling silence. As our listening deepens, we inevitably touch the Center of all stillness. In the midst of all the silences, we become able to hear the quiet Presence of the One who loves us, cherishes us, needs us... We meet the Holy Mystery whose listening to us is the primordial power, hearing us into speech.

~ from DANCE OF THE SPIRIT by Maria Harris

Planetary celebration

We might sometimes reflect and recall that the purpose of all our science, technology, industry, manufacturing, commerce, and finance is celebration, planetary celebration. That is what moves the stars through the heavens and the earth through its seasons. The final norm of judgment concerning the success or failure of our technologies is the extent to which they enable us to participate more fully in this grand festival.

~ from THE DREAM OF THE EARTH by Thomas Berry

When you can hear the mysterious language of the Earth

There are occasions when you can hear the mysterious language of the Earth, in water, or coming through the trees, emanating from the mosses, seeping through the undercurrents of the soil; but you have to be silent, willing to wait and receive.

~ from THE IMMORTAL WILDERNESS by John Hay

Unfathomable Sea

Unfathomable Sea!
All life is our of Thee,
And Thy life is Thy blissful Unity

~ Frederick W. Faber

You never enjoy the world aright

You never enjoy the world aright,
Till the sea itself flows in your veins,
Till you are clothed with the stars.

~ Thomas Treherne

I am here upon this Earth

I am here upon this Earth
To reclaim the Earth
To turn the desert into Paradise
A Paradise most suitable unto God
And every creature to dwell thereon.

~ Ainyahita: Wisdom from the Past c. 10,000 B.C.

Walk cheerfully and gently over the earth

We do not own the earth.
Walk gently upon it, so that
future generations may do the same.

The best reflections are there
when the wind, water, and you
are quite still.

Walk cheerfully and gently over the earth answering to that of God in everyone and everything.

~ George Fox

A sparkling blue and white jewel

Suddenly, from behind the rim of the moon in long slow-motion movements of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate sky blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery. It takes more than a moment to fully realize that this is the Earth -- home.

~ Edgar Mitchell
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