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this is how I count the breaths
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Half a century
how sweet this cup of nectar
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head bowed in deep gratitude
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Sunday, March 22, 2015
I Heart Macro 96
"Hello. Do you like my hat?"
Second day of spring, I watch a fine dusting of snow descend, coating quiet branches, not yet dressed in the tiny leaves that soon will emerge. Powdered sugar sprinkled on conifers comes to mind, sweetness to ease the transition from this silent season to the vibrant one we are slowly entering. In a few days, March 24th, I will meet the half-century mark; hello to fifty springs, goodbye to forty-nine turns of the wheel up until now.
I have much to be grateful for; every encounter with beings and Beingness, flora, fauna, mountain, river, marsh, snowflake, single raindrop or drenching downpour, sounds and near silence (for the hum of earth, life, breath are continuous). Thankful for brightly lit days and the dim liminal space between dawn and dusk, not knowing what the day or night will bring, for pitch black velvet cloaked cloudy nights and a moon so full it makes sleep a impossible. Everything, every experience of joy in all its flavors, sorrow steeped and ragged breathed, or wonderfully ordinary yawning stretches of time, all of it has blessed me with opportunities to learn on the sacred pilgrimage to this moment.
A single bird sings through the delicate snow and dense cloud cover, within moments the sun makes an opening, more birds join in and suddenly as if a dam has burst water pours off the warming roof, while the last flakes drift down, finer than when they started two hours before. Steam rises from the shingles. Blue becomes visible once again.
I rescued some branches that fell due to high winds and heavy snow a few weeks ago, gave them a drink and shelter on our kitchen windowsill, offered them a chance to bloom, they would have withered separated from their mother trees had I not done so.
Back to my "hat"
As their catkins sprouted I was reminded of one of the first books from which my eldest daughter learned to read, Go Dog Go. Throughout the story two silly characters appear. One dog repeatedly asks, “Do you like my hat?” The other responds, “I do not like it.” Until wearing an over the top elaborately fancy hat, the first dog asks after many failed attempts at approval, “Hello again. And now do you like my hat?” finally, “I do. What a hat! I like it! I like that party hat!”
Time is fluid, an energetic river flowing with the current of life-force; past becomes present in an instant through memory's gate, nearing my 50th birthday, these exuberant catkin blossoms all looked like party hats to me!
Won’t you celebrate the mystery of life's renewal with me?
Happy Birthday Mom and Dad, thank you for inviting me into the world through your love.
Ps. Thank you everyone for your kind comments, I am healing, slowly taking my time to return to "normal" activities.
Welcome to Week Ninety-Six
I Heart Macro
"Pure awareness transcends thinking... It allows you to look at the world once again with open eyes. And when you do so, a sense of wonder and quiet contentment begins to reappear in your life."~Mark Williams and Danny Pennman, from Mindfulness An Eight-Week Plan For Finding Peace In A Frantic World
It is time for YOU to share the love up-close with YOUR
I Heart Macro offerings!
Enjoy slowing down with your camera, paying full attention, observing beauty and curiosities many people pass right by. Your generosity of spirit and keen eyes may open the door to miniscule miracles and mirth others would not have access to otherwise. Feel free to include poetry, prose and thoughts your macro photo or series inspire(s) in you. Writing is completely optional for participation. Straight out of the camera (SOC), edited, color, black and white, anything goes as long as you bring the viewer near to whatever it is that drew your heart's attention and "woke you up" to full presence.
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