be crumbled

Queen Anne’s Lace in the mountains.

Very little grows on jagged rock.
Be ground. Be crumbled,
so wildflowers will come up
where you are.

You have been stony for too many years.
Try something different. Surrender.

~ Rumi

Stories

Grasses at sunrise.

There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.

~ Terry Pratchett

autumn day

meadow dance
meadow dance of change

the winds bluster and gust
meadow grasses shimmy and sway
gray dimness overhead
the kingfisher has returned

The hummingbirds have moved on just as the kingfisher returns.  I saw him at lunchtime, diving into the water for fish.  He makes a big splash for such a short and stocky bird.

The kingfisher is a bold bird that fishes for a living.  It is often seen flying along ponds, streams, and rivers.  It will dive headlong into the water for small fish.  Its ability to draw life out of the waters to feed itself reflects the kingfisher’s ability to stimulate new opportunities for prosperity.  Often it requires that you dive headlong into some activity, but it usually proves to be very beneficial.

If a kingfisher has come to you, prepare yourself to dive into something new.  Have you been avoiding the new?  Have you been afraid to take the plunge?  Are you needing new warmth?  Don’t worry.  If a kingfisher is around, you won’t drown.  In fact, you will find that, as a result, you will have new sunshine and prosperity unfolding within your life.

~ Ted Andrews, Animal Speak

equinox

a path in the meadow
a path through the meadow

Autumn equinox is the time to reflect upon life. If we have enjoyed a bountiful harvest, we express our thanks. If the year has been difficult so far, then we are happy for what we do have and resolve to do better once the chance comes. The appreciation of life does not require wealth or plenty. It requires only gratitude for the beauty of the world.

~Deng Ming-Dao, 365 Tao: Daily Meditations

this day

gold and green
gold and green

Let the vow of this day keep itself wildly and wholly
Spoken and silent, surprise you inside your ears
Sleeping and waking, unfold itself inside your eyes
Let its fierceness and tenderness hold you
Let its vastness be undisguised in all your days.

~ Jane Hirshfield

autumn approaches

meadow light
meadow light

Autumn begins with a subtle change in the light, with skies a deeper blue, and nights that become suddenly clear and chilled.  The season comes full with the first frost, the disappearance of migrant birds, and the harvesting of the season’s last crops.

~ Glenn Wolff and Jerry Dennis

ananda

morning bliss
morning bliss

When we surrender, we allow the universe to work its magic; we say yes to infinite possibilities; we trust that things will work out as they are meant to; and we give ourselves permission to let go of the outcome.  This can be liberating, intimidating, blissful, scary, and a swirl of so many other emotions.  But in the end, if we are true to our heart, life unfolds with magnificence… and we get to celebrate.

~ davidji