Tuesday, March 2

Tag: profound beauty

Bird of Paradise

Buddhism, Joy, Photography
"The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence that makes no demands for its sustenance and extends generously the products of its life and activity; it affords protection to all beings, offering shade even to the axe-man who destroys it.” attributed to The Buddha Thanks to my much treasured friend, Mick B. for this wonderful quote. It reminds me also of the visions of a generous nature sharing often stunning beauty amid the dreck of city life: the intrusive metal posts and gates with their rusty chains; the garbage, dust and dirt; the sometimes awkward or sterile architectures housing human beings boxed and stacked twelve or more stories high. This lush and colorful bird of paradise is thriving in the squalor of a bank parking lot alongside some smelly dumpsters ...

Prayerful Tuesday

Photography, prayer, spiritual practice, Spirituality
A prayer in the Unitarian Universalist tradition by William G. Sinkford In the presence of these flowers, These representatives of Creation’s profound beauty: Diverse and Unique, but Related and Interdependent, These flowers which come to us as gifts from we know not where And which we, in turn, choose to bring to our shared and common altar As gifts to one another In their presence we turn our thoughts to the mystery beyond mysteries to the most sacred—which we never understand fully but which we are granted revelatory glimpses of in each of these flowers, in each of your faces, and through relationships with neighbors near and far May they remind us of grace we have known in days past: Forgiveness we have been granted, and provided. Love, unearned and shared. Recovery, begun and estab...