Little Flowers of Love

Here are the remnants of my weekend.  I place two branches still preserving the cherry blossoms in the cup filled with fresh water this morning. This small act is a great kick starter to start the day off right. I have no plans, my toddler has no school today. I left today blank, an unplanned…

Pure Simplicity

***** When you live in a small country town, even going to a post office feels like a special trip. I drive through the open corn field, and more open field with unrecognizable crops, meet happy cows along the way, and drive past a dairy farm. It feels so far away from the modern world,…

Spring Day

Every day, I discover something new as I get to know this land. Wild flowers are in its fullness adding new colors to my yard. Yesterday, I found Lemon Balm. It was a joyful surprise, a perfect gift from the nature to heal my anxiety. I immediately picked a handful of leaves to make some…

Slowing Down

Relaxing morning here, meditating and reading. It’s good to sit down by the sunny balcony while filling my mind with serenity. “Tsunamis are frightening not just because of the water, but also because of the objects hurled at us by the water. Tornadoes are terrifying not just because of the wind, but also because of…

What do you value?

The way we spend our time says a lot about what we value. For me, observation of sunrise and sunset is one of the most valuable times of my whole day. It’s the opening and closing of a very valued book. It is a sacred encounter in the deepest and most meaningful way. The sun was…

This Emptying

*** We finally had some snow yesterday. This winter has been unusually warm and I almost gave up on the hope of seeing the snow. I love the purity of the landscape in the backdrop of snowy winter day. Everything is reduced to the simple purity of whiteness. All my busy thoughts vanish when I look…

My Soul is Convinced

Logic and sermons never convince, The damp of the night drives deeper into my soul – Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman Such a sunny day, such intense light all afternoon. It’s hard to imagine that in just three hours, this corner of the world that I live in will lose its daylight and welcome the…

Serenity for the Soul

I find it hard to leave this place. I walk around this empty open field feeling complete peacefulness. I know that I am perfectly and totally alone and no one will break my solitude. At least for now. I stop at a place right next to a big tree. Its thick branch shields me from…

The Wisdom of R.A.I.N.

  Left turn lane was so congested that the no-turn lane I was in was completely non-moving. I was not in a rush or anything but in order to keep the traffic moving, it would be wiser for me to change to the right lane which was freely available. After those two cars I could…

Accepting Life through Clear Seeing and Compassion

Peace arises from the acceptance of life for all its glory, pain, suffering, joy, and happiness. This momentary peace won’t last. No one lives in a constant state of peace. Next will come sadness, loneliness, confusion, longing, and wanting. But they too, shall not last. Nothing last forever, unless with God. It is God that…