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Monday, January 21, 2013

Single Garment



intricate garment linen
macramé knots
each twisted lovingly tying
seen and unseen
known and unknowable
securely wrapping existence in
blessed wholeness



Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. 
~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Boldly I raise my voice to add that all of life, every bit of earthly matter scattered from the beginning of time until the end is-was-will be bound in this same sacred “garment of destiny” Dr. King spoke of. Every “thing” we do or say, don’t do and don’t say matters-- matter, matters.

“...all men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny... I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality...” 
~Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

While we contemplate, theologize, philosophize, explore with scientific accuracy, (to the best of our human capabilities), how this is so, strand by entwined DNA strand, we may never fully unlock the Mystery of our inter-being-ness. Yet deep in the nucleus, the ikar, the essence of what we are, who we are, we know, we understand beyond a doubt that this is so.  And when, not if, but WHEN we see ourselves in each other, in all of Creation, when we learn to admit our flaws with true humility, love the imperfections, yours, mine ours, accept the disappointments, the expectations shattered, acknowledge the superficial differences that cause illusions of separation,  “the interrelated structure of reality,” the Oneness of existence will be revealed as “the single garment” it has never ceased to be.




“All that we see, earth and its fullness, are God’s outer garment”      
~Rebbe Shneor Zalman, Tanya



42 comments:

  1. Wonderfully inspiring post. Love that first picture - sums up our interrelatedness.

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  2. And we arrive at that blessed wholeness. Divine.

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  3. My favorite....“All that we see, earth and its fullness, are God’s outer garment”
    ~Rebbe Shneor Zalman, Tanya

    I believe Martin Luther King was sincere in his desire for peace.

    We have many reasons to be thankful in being American. We have many reasons to seek peace, realize we are one.....

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  4. He had a gift; that is for sure. To this day when I hear his "I have a dream" oratory, I get chills.

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  5. MLK said such inspiring things....also like the pics

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  6. Inspiring !! & beautifully woven poem !!

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  7. Timely post -- lovely poem & photo!

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  8. AWE-inspiring and amazing. Thank you for bringing Dr. Martin Luther King's words to your creative shining today...your thoughts and heart and art are such a perfect pairing. There has never been a time that I've not gotten goosebumps when visiting your blog. Seriously. Thank you. ♥

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  9. A perfect post and perfect quotes at any time but especially on this Holiday. Thank you.

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  10. All is beautiful about this post. May we find that unity is the way.

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  11. I love the way you capture the details of nature ~

    A blessed wholeness ~

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  12. Laura, the purple photo and poem are so beautiful - should be framed, on a wall! Love your post, too, about Dr Martin Luther King, one of my heroes. On his special day.

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  13. A beautiful post for MLK King Day!

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  14. the Oneness of existence will be revealed as “the single garment” it has never ceased to be....nice...absolutely love that...and your verse accentuates that well...very nice...

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  15. So beautiful and your photography is poetry captured through a lens.

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  16. Gorgeous. I love it, especially the first line.

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  17. Love those last two pictures and I will need to reread and absorb the prose as my brain just isn't that awake yet this morning!

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  18. Oh My God..this is much beyond words.... thank you for posting such wonderful thoughts.... felt so happy ....

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  19. Beautiful nature pictures you show. Wish you a good day :) Hanne Bente

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  20. Absolutely beautiful pictures! I love the colors and the light ...

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  21. Laura, this is a beautiful tribute to Dr. King. I gave thanks yesterday for him and President Obama, all the while relishing the words spoken in prose and poetry from the Capitol steps. Your posts from the safety of your home and yard are rich and deep and true. I am glad you are staying out of harm's way ~ this is a winter heavy with flu and colds. May you be well ~

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  22. Beautiful poem, and the pictures are lovely as well.

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  23. You just console and inspire me, Laura. These words, all of them...feed the soul, and I know they are good and right.

    Love and Blessings!

    Lady Nyo

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  24. The poem in the first picture is beautiful - so simple, but so deep top.

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  25. Laura, lovely poems and photos. It is nice to see something so simple as a tree branch and the sky be so beautiful. Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!

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  26. I love this close look at nature and also beautiful words.

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  27. "When we learn to admit our flaws with true humility"... I love that. MLK was/is such an inspiring figure. This poem was as well.

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  28. Well done. Enjoyed everything about this post. The world really could be a different place if everyone realized this simple message.

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  29. Beautiful presentation of such a lovely poem.

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  30. I need to work on accepting myself where I am. I can acknowledge there's room for growth without being so hard on myself. And, yes, I do believe that everything we do and say matters. Thanks for so many encouraging words :)

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  31. Beautifully written on a very meaningful theme, thank you for sharing your creative visuals

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  32. You can't come and visit and not feel some sort of peace washing over you. You have a magical touch and I am happy to have met you out here in blog land.. stay well....hugs..Michelle

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  33. What wonderfully serene photos.

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  34. A beautiful post, through and through. I adore the gorgeous colors in that first photo, and the wonderful textures and details in the other two. Perfection!

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