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ordinary gateway

ordinary gateway.

This is another post that I tucked away some time ago. The image is intriguing. Bert took a picture of a mushroom from underneath which is not where we look at things from quite often. Here, we find an ordinary gateway where the Sun lets us see things differently shining through the mushroom’s folds.

Martin Heidegger, a brilliant philosopher and not so great person, wrote that we can only see the face of an object unless we change our place in relationship to the object gaining a new perspective and insight.

When we change our point-of-view, it is like a new gateway into something we have not experienced. As well, when we go to the backside and underneath, perhaps there is an un-experienced silence. It is like driving past a mountain on a busy highway with its busyness that does not exist on the other sides. When we find those quiet spaces, the silence speaks to us from the object’s essence and something new reveals itself.

 

* Life is Made Up of Moments

* Life is Made Up of Moments.

When we live in each moment, life becomes fuller and richer. It is not like we know we are leaving each moment. Each moment flows like a river into the next. Living in each moment allows us to recognize the temporary nature of life.

When we slow down and remove some of the busyness and clutter, life flows more seamlessly. Here, we pause and take stock of the world.

thank you

ivonprefontaine:

Rumi has a way of saying things with such simplicity which resonate across time. It can be uplifting to hear someone thank us for the smallest of gestures and the kindness we speak.

Originally posted on poojycat:

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Photo Friday: Facing Our Fears

Photo Friday: Facing Our Fears.

What do I fear? I think frequently what I fear is not the matter in front of me, but the idea that something I face and faces me is different and there is potential for change I cannot control.

We separate from the world in ways that allow us to think as spectators. As Renate suggested, once we remove the medium through which we view the world, in this case a spider, it moves closer to us.

Yet, we cannot escape danger. We face it each day, perhaps each moment in some ways unknown to us and that presents a danger itself. We lose sight of the world we live in.

Lighthouses

Lighthouses.

Bill provides a quote from Anne Lamott. I began to read her work recently and found it humorous and inspiring.

When we have principles and are grounded, there is no need to run around trying to impress. We stand as beacons casting a light all around us inviting the world into us and joining the world as full participants.

Peace is With us Today

Peace is With us Today.

I had an Einstein poster in my classroom. My students referred to him as my dad, because I told a student, who did recognize him, he was my dad. When another student questioned me, I pointed out we had wild hair, facial foliage, and eccentric behaviors.

I enjoy Einstein, because his quotes reveal important insights. In this one, peace is something we offer and gain through mutual understanding.

I am using Jurgen Habermas, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Parker Palmer, etc. in my dissertation. I find important intersections in their work as they stress conversation, communication, and mutual understanding as integral to living peacefully in the world. It does not mean agreement, but suggests we can accept different ways of experiencing the world that allows for non-violent disagreement. We see what the Other holds true in their living as not very different from what we hold true.

No Time

No Time

ivonprefontaine:

This is a wonderful poem, explanation of who the poet was/is, and images that bring the words to life. Do we have time to stand and stare? We should.

Originally posted on The World according to Dina:

No Time
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What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

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No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

SSS Siri Selma Selfie with cow SSS: Siri Selma Selfie with a leisurely staring  cow on the Cley Marshes, Norfolk

 No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

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No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

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No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

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No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

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A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

We nearly fell off our bookshelves when we researched the poem “Leisure” by William Henry Davies. The author’s amazing life story as well as…

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