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The Art of Blessing the Day

I am taking a few days off from digital technologies. I am traveling to an area where the only Internet access is via dial-up. It is not that remote, but it is probably the imperfect alignment of satellites, mountains, and other geographic features.

Having said this, it is nice to take a break. I spend considerable time between social media and dissertation writing on computers. Sometimes the imperfections of the world and the universe act in ways that bring about a necessary change.

Marge Piercy’s poem suggests we bless everything we can. In the busyness and hurry of life, we run past much of life and forget blessing. I have a few days to count my blessings in quiet moments away from the hectic.

This is the blessing for rain after drought:
Come down, wash the air so it shimmers,
a perfumed shawl of lavender chiffon.
Let the parched leaves suckle and swell.
Enter my skin, wash me for the little
chrysalis of sleep rocked in your plashing.
In the morning the world is peeled to shining.

This is the blessing for sun after long rain:
Now everything shakes itself free and rises.
The trees are bright as pushcart ices.
Every last lily opens its satin thighs.
The bees dance and roll in pollen
and the cardinal at the top of the pine
sings at full throttle, fountaining.

This is the blessing for a ripe peach:
This is luck made round. Frost can nip
the blossom, kill the bee. It can drop,
a hard green useless nut. Brown fungus,
the burrowing worm that coils in rot can
blemish it and wind crush it on the ground.
Yet this peach fills my mouth with juicy sun.

This is the blessing for the first garden tomato:
Those green boxes of tasteless acid the store
sells in January, those red things with the savor
of wet chalk, they mock your fragrant name.
How fat and sweet you are weighing down my palm,
warm as the flank of a cow in the sun.
You are the savor of summer in a thin red skin.

This is the blessing for a political victory:
Although I shall not forget that things
work in increments and epicycles and sometime
leaps that half the time fall back down,
let’s not relinquish dancing while the music
fits into our hips and bounces our heels.
We must never forget, pleasure is real as pain.

The blessing for the return of a favorite cat,
the blessing for love returned, for friends’
return, for money received unexpected,
the blessing for the rising of the bread,
the sun, the oppressed. I am not sentimental
about old men mumbling the Hebrew by rote
with no more feeling than one says gesundheit.

But the discipline of blessings is to taste
each moment, the bitter, the sour, the sweet
and the salty, and be glad for what does not
hurt. The art is in compressing attention
to each little and big blossom of the tree

of life, to let the tongue sing each fruit,
its savor, its aroma and its use.

Attention is love, what we must give
children, mothers, fathers, pets,
our friends, the news, the woes of others.
What we want to change we curse and then
pick up a tool. Bless whatever you can
with eyes and hands and tongue. If you
can’t bless it, get ready to make it new.

in the roots…

ivonprefontaine:

Sometimes we look up when we should look down and perhaps scratch below the surface searching for what is hidden from sight. The branches provide the leaves which draw in the sun’s lights and make food, but the roots bring in the water, minerals, and other nutrients which combine with the photo-synthetic work done in the leaves. It is not alone things are done. It is in a holistic way we become whole and replenished.

Originally posted on Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean:

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Maybe You Are Searching Among The Branches,
For What Only Appears In The Roots…

~ Rumi

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Be As You Appear

Be As You Appear

ivonprefontaine:

Rumi’s poetry resonates through the centuries. Often it is a simple and complex message about turning inwards to find what we seek. It is as suggested in this poem being and becoming who we are rather than what someone else wants us to be.

Originally posted on TINY LESSONS BLOG:

“Be like the sun for grace and mercy.

Be like the night to cover others’ faults.

Be like running water for generosity.

Be like death for rage and anger.

Be like the Earth for modesty.

Appear as you are.

Be as you appear.”

- Rumi

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What the Deer and Antelopes Heard When they went out to Play

ivonprefontaine:

So, it was not all perfect in the home where deer and antelope played. Here is a little humour to begin the day and allow me to think about bumps on the road.

Originally posted on A Grateful Man:

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With Love,
Russ

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Quote of the day – Indian Proverb

ivonprefontaine:

If tigers had wings, they would be even more formidable. We are all part of a world and universe where each part takes on particular meaning and provides something important to the world.

Originally posted on newbloggycat:

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“Do not blame God for having created the tiger, but thank him for not having given it wings.”

– Indian Proverb

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Song Of The Rain

ivonprefontaine:

Khalil Gibran’s poetry continues to resonate over the years. His messages about love were and remain important.

Originally posted on Ese' s Voice:

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A Lebanese artist, poet and writerKahlil Gibran(Arabic: جبران خليل جبران) has been among my favourite ones for quite some time. And thoughThe Prophetand “Sand And Foam” will always be the number ones from his works for me, I have the feeling today the poem “Song Of The Rain” fits the mood well.  At least in these latitudes.

I am dotted silver threads dropped from heaven
By the gods. Nature then takes me, to adorn
Her fields and valleys.

I am beautiful pearls, plucked from the
Crown of Ishtar by the daughter of Dawn
To embellish the gardens.

When I cry the hills laugh;
When I humble myself the flowers rejoice;
When I bow, all things are elated.

The field and the cloud are lovers
And between them I am a messenger of mercy.
I quench the thirst of one;
I cure the…

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Turning A Bad Day Into A Good Day

Turning A Bad Day Into A Good Day

ivonprefontaine:

We can probably add many other favourite activities which help lift us out of the doldrums. For me, it would be a walk in nature. The point is to think about what brings us joy and let that transform the day and our attitude for the day.

Originally posted on Practical Practice Management:

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There are times when our day goes from good to bad.  Possibly from an interaction with another person or a disappointment in an expectation.

Whatever caused the dark cloud to appear, it is important to realize that there are things you can do to make it disappear.  The last thing that you should allow is for your day to be ruined by someone or some event.

If you have never been to the Tiny Buddha website, I suggest you take a look.  It is full of uplifting articles and information.  I always find something that lifts my spirit when I read their posts.

I came across an article titled 10 ways to turn a bad day into a good day in 10 minutes or less it has some great ideas to try when your day isn’t going right or if you just need a pick me up.

Here are a…

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