Posts from the ‘Nature’ Category
“The real enemies of our life are the ‘oughts’ and the ‘ifs.’ They pull us backward into the unalterable past and forward into the unpredictable future. But real life takes place in the here and now.” – Henri Nouwen
Take this day and shape it, mold it, embrace it.
Steep like a tea bag, allowing the flavor to release fully with pause and patience.
Reflect and shine.
Appreciate and comprehend the immensity of breath and flow with ease.
Later will take care of itself.
Remain in the here and now.
Be fully present and awake.
“God is a God of the present. God is always in the moment, be that moment hard or easy, joyful and painful.” – Henri Nouwen
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu
Stop in your tracks;
Feel your feet on the earth;
Eyes to sky;
Pause to anchor in the essentials;
No hurrying or flurrying
Gratitude requires observation, demands reflection, sparks awe;
Slow and steady, pause and praise.
“Nature’s music is never over; her silences are pauses, not conclusions.” – Mary Webb
“Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it.” – Danny Kaye
Break out the paint and color your day.
In solitude and contemplation, collect and release.
Accept and embrace.
“Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.” – Thomas Merton
“What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?” – E. M. Forster
The sun welcomes the day
Set your intentions
Aware, awake and at attention
Enter the day
Let it enter you in turn.
“There’s never one sunrise the same or one sunset the same.” – Carlos Santana
“He who postpones the hour of living is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.” – Horace
May you choose bridges over walls;
Crossing over to new lands;
The river runs through to the ocean;
Poetry in motion;
Connections and patterns abound;
Cross over, again and again;
Joy and beauty all around;
Enjoy the view;
Postpone no more the hour of living.
“Praise the bridge that carried you over.” – George Colman
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle
Poetry in motion
Beauty exploding in view
Nature bursts with life, joy, celebration
Enter the gallery and come alive
Dance, delight, praise!
“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” – William Morris
Life, daily life, is in the beautiful details.
Slow down to notice.
Pause to savor.
Stand still in awe.
Listen. Look. Observe.
Rooted in gratitude.
Open arms in praise.
The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Veer off trail, explore, wander
Fresh footprints on new land
Bathe and splash in beauty abound
Take the path less traveled
Seize this day.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms…”― Henry David Thoreau
Shed the chaos
Tune out the noise
Narrow to go deeper
Prune dead branches
Transcend the nonessential
Define your essential
“Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less for the sake of less either. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential.”― Greg Mckeown, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less