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It Begins Within

This has been an incredibly difficult and challenging lesson to learn for me over the years. I needed to accept, forgive, and love myself. Loving myself responsibly makes me a better gift for others. I had the opportunity to hear Marianne Williamson present and it was truly inspirational.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY

We are headed out in the next few minutes and will spend time in nature. Just looking at the pictures Kathy took on her way down here, I am sure that it will be spectacular and reconnecting as we drive into and across Glacier. Nature is such a great place to just be and find one’s self.

Soul Writings

 
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Those Images

Kathy went shopping and bought a book. It sounds mundane, but, when she opened the book, she found a small piece of paper with this Yeats‘ poem written on it. We are headed home tomorrow. We will take a few days, travel into Montana, across Glacier National Park, and head north. We will see some of the wild on that trip. I doubt lions will appear but a mountain lion might show up and maybe an eagle on the wing. Certainly, we find better exercise in sunlight and wind.

On the back or it might be the front of the slip, someone wrote the Gandhi quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world and PEACE”.

What if I bade you leave

The cavern of the mind?

There’s better exercise

In the sunlight and wind.

I never bade you go

To Moscow or Rome.

Renounce that drudgery,

Call the Muses home.

Seek those images

That constitute the wild.

The lion and the virgin,

The harlot and the child.

Find in middle air

An eagle on the wing.

Recognize the five

That make the Muses sing.

வாழ்க்கை

This is an incredible image. The sun looks like it is both in the sky and in the water forming two suns.

VIGIL KUMAR

sunset

அந்தி வேளையில்
குருதியில் தோய்த்த
அகண்ட ஆகாயத்தில்
ஒய்வு தேடி நான்
மேற்கு நோக்கி
பலாயனம் செய்கிறேன்
வழியெங்கும் விண்மீன்கள்
கைகொட்டி சிரிக்கின்றன
என் மறைவில் மட்டுமே
அவை ஜொலித்து பழகிவிட்டன
விடிவானில்
வெள்ளிக்கீற்றுகள்
மவுனமாய் விழுந்து உடைவதை
அவை அறிவதில்லை
தாலி அறுந்த
விதவை நட்சத்திரங்களின்
ஒப்பாரி என்னை தினமும்
துயில் எழுப்புகிறது
கிழக்கில் மீண்டும்
உதித்து எழுகிறேன்
இன்னொரு
பயணத்துக்காக…
– விஜில் குமார்

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“The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.” ― Albert Einstein

I get to begin the day with a quote from my figurative dad, Einstein and the wise voice of Rabindranath Tagore. How close to the inner child can I remain? That is where imagination flourishes and the beauty of life is most easily revealed.

DISCOVERING MYSELF

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The Niagra River

Gary sent me to this poem after I posted Test by Kay Ryan. I seek meaning in my life for those things around me. Other times I don’t pay enough attention, take things for granted, and do not realize the substance of what is there. Even something as large as the Niagara River can go unnoticed and blur into the background. When I pull it forward, its meaning is there, not explainable, but there. I am reminded that meaning exists even when I cannot explain it.

For those who have not visited Gary, you will enjoy his poetry. I do.

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As though

the river were

a floor, we position

our table and chairs

upon it, eat, and

have conversation.

As it moves along,

we notice—as

calmly as though

dining room paintings

were being replaced—

the changing scenes

along the shore. We

do know, we do

know this is the

Niagara River, but

it is hard to remember

what that means.

 

https://ivonprefontaine.com/2013/07/21/test/

Let’s Dance

Elisa is a wonderful photography. It must take incredible patience to find a shot like this and then find the word words to further explain it. It brings to life the dance we call life. What words can describe my life?

I am I am I

This beautiful poem requires little explanation. Whatever I live through. I end up back at I.

Grits and Grains

I am IWe think these words were found in a Mennonite Church in Canada. This layout is by Janet Brewin – thanks to her “calligraphy” (my description) or her “neat handwriting” (her self-effacing description). They were words my mother treasured and which were used at her funeral.

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Test

Kay Ryan wrote this deeply spiritual and moving poem. It has a Zen, mystical quality. I am sure there is Something or Someone holding everything together. When something disrupts the ocean of universal consciousness and it goes a little off course or yaws, we feel only the slightest pull. A larger energy field absorbs the drops and warps. The adjustments occur in ways so we are not tested beyond our limits and find a path to walk.

Imagine a surface

so still and vast

that it could test

exactly what

it set in motion

when a single stone

is cast into its ocean.

Possessed of a calm

so far superior

to people’s, it alone

could be assessed

ideally irascible.

In such a case,

if ripples yawed

or circles wobbled

in their orbits

like spun plates

it would be the law

and not so personal

that what drops warps

what warps dissipates.

How Amazing You Can Be

My day is reversed. I was working on dissertation things this morning, watched some basketball this afternoon, and Kathy and I went for lunch. A former student is down here for a basketball camp and I have watched him twice. It is always interesting to make connections with the students after a couple of years and see what has changed.
I loved the bear cartoon too much to pass up today. What we will do for friends?

Russ Towne's A Grateful Man

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Sources:
Bears Cartoon: Chuckle’s photo
“Anyone…”: Home Is Where The Heart Is photo

“If you are always trying to be normal you’ll never know how amazing you can be.” –Maya Angelou (Source: Let’s Be Positive Together)

If you’ve ever wondered how I met My Beloved, please check out my most recent post at “Clyde and Friends” titled “I Met My Wife While Playing Hide and Seek in the Dark” at http:/clydeandfriends.com

Russ

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