Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day


I ask all blessings,
I ask them with reverence,
of my mother the earth,
of the sky, moon, and sun my father.
I am old age: the essence of life,
I am the source of all happiness.
All is peaceful, all in beauty,
all in harmony, all in joy.


-Anonymous Navaho


To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

-William Blake

You ask why I make my home in the mountain forest,
and I smile, and am silent,
and even my soul remains quiet;
it lives in the other world
which no one owns.
The peach trees blossom.
The water flows.

-Li Po


Moon and clouds are the same;
mountain and valley are different.
All are blessed; all are blessed.
Is this one? Is this two?

-Wu-men


Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.
If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.

-Wu-men

Watching the moon
at dawn,
solitary, mid-sky,
I knew myself completely;
no part left out.

-Izumi Shikibu


One instant is eternity;
eternity is the now.
When you see through this one instant,
you see through the one who sees.

-Wu-men

(Poetry from the book The Enlightend Heart, edited by Stephen Mitchell. Photos taken by me around my neighborhood on Earth Day.)

5 comments:

RachelJane said...

Okay, now I want to run off and live in the mountains or something.

Very inspirational!

Anonymous said...

Oh my...love the words and photos. Dogwood

skippinginthemeadow said...

Breath-takingly Beautiful!
Such a lovely, lovely post.
Am now going to read it again
Many thanks x
Hope you have a super weekend x
Sumea

The Magic Onions said...

Simply stunning! Every single one. Thank you so much for sharing this beauty on 'Friday's Nature Table'.
Blessings and magic.

The Magic Onions said...

Simply stunning! Every single one. Thank you so much for sharing this beauty on 'Friday's Nature Table'.
Blessings and magic.