Archive for June, 2010

Solstice

The text below was sent to me earlier in the week by my friend Lea and it was sent to her by another friend. I felt it was moving and wanted to share it with you. Thank you Lea, for sending this.

When the true light appears,
The entire planet turns to face it.

The summer solstice is the time of greatest light.  It is a day of enormous power.  The whole planet is turned fully to the brilliance of the sun.

This great culmination is not static or permanent.  Indeed, solstice as a time of culmination is only a barely perceptible point.  The sun appears to stand still.  Its diurnal motion seems to nearly cease.  Yesterday, it was still reaching this point tomorrow, it will begin a new phase of its cycle.

Those who follow Tao celebrate this day to remind themselves of the cycles of existence.  They remember that all cycles have a left and a right, an up side and a down side, a zenith and a nadir.  Today, day far surpasses night, and yet night will gradually begin to reassert itself.  All of life is cycles.  All of life is balance.

So celebrate, but be not proud.  For whenever you celebrate high achievement, the antithesis is also approaching.  Likewise, in misfortune, be not sad.  For whenever you mourn in grief, the antithesis is also approaching.  Those who know how to reach the peak of any cycle and remain glorious are the wisest of all.

Deng Ming-Dao
365 Tao

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Hey Dude... how's the nectar?

A few weeks ago, I was visiting my parents. They have a bay window where their kitchen table sits and just outside is a hummingbird feeder and a little mock orange tree. What a joy it was to sit there during each meal and watch as the hummers would fly around, eat and sit in the little orange tree to watch us. They took turns chasing each other away and once in while would eat as a group of 2 or 3.

I’ve been curious about the symbolism of hummingbirds lately so, I looked them up on the net. I found lots of links and stories but, the one that resonated with me the most is this from answers.com or wikianswers.com

In Native American culture, a hummingbird symbolizes timeless joy and the Nectar of Life. It’s a symbol for accomplishing that which seems impossible and will teach you how to find the miracle of joyful living from your own life circumstances.

The quote is from a book called, Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small, by Ted Andrews and published by Llewellyn Publications (September 1, 1996)

Personally, I’m feeling that more joy in my life can only help to counteract all the fear and hatred that seems to be resonating in the world these days. I’ve heard people say that we must be the change we want to see in the world. So, if being like a hummingbird can help me be more joyful and partake of the sweet nectar in my life then I’m all for it… I think it’s a great antidote!

Anybody want to join me?

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Happiness and Joy

I love the Harmony Festival, it’s one of my favorites and I jump at the chance to go every time I have the opportunity.

At this years festival, the weather was hot and eye candy was everywhere with hipsters of every size, shape, color and age. There was all manner of dress and…. undress, from 60’s garb to teeny weeny bikini’s. Hula hoops were in big time, I had a blast watching the dancers with their hoops.

I used this opportunity to practice my hip shots. Thankfully, my aim is getting much better. Now if only I could remember that sometimes, I need to standstill.

I also played around with holding the camera low and turning the viewfinder in a way that allowed me to visually frame the pics. While doing this, I discovered a really cool trick about my new G11! I learned that depending on how you turn the screen, you can actually change how the image is framed without moving the lens. What a trip!

Check out the photos and let me know what you think.

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Trees are beautiful!

We are visiting friends in the upper part of Oregon, “the gorge” as I hear them call it. Yesterday was rather cloudy and threatening rain. Nevertheless, I went for my morning walk anyway. There’s a park up the road, so I headed there.

One of the things I love about walking is it affords me lots of time to look around, to think, see and feel what is happening in my surroundings. The trees here are absolutely beautiful. Everything is so verdant, fresh, alive… almost vibrating with the essence life and the joy living.  I love that.

Where I live, trees are short, prickly things. You can’t go barefoot around them as they have long thorns similar to nails that are quite painful if you step on them… they are so strong, they even pierce through your shoes! These thorns are all over the branches and the locals make crowns of them to wear on their heads during the Easter celebrations as Christ did on the cross.

Here in Oregon, the trees are giant creatures, vibrating with life, their leaves literally dancing and undulating… breathing. Their bark coarse, beautiful and teeming with texture. I find them utterly fascinating, remembering how much I loved them as a child.

As I walk to the park, I peer into the woods and imagine what it would be like to hike in there. To feel the crunch of leaves and pine needles under my feet, the breeze through the trees as it kisses my face. I want to walk in but, dare not as I have people waiting for me to finish my morning exercise so we can explore the area.

Trees are sacred. They clean the air adding oxygen so we can live and breath free. They dance with beautiful breezes and shimmer with life as their leaves rustle and tickle our senses.  I am grateful for the time I have spent among these magnificent creatures and look forward to enjoying their beauty again.

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