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Natural Ornamentation Display

persimmon ornaments ~d nelson

Touching beauty
even in those darkest places
gives hope of what’s possible.

Long nights & chill factors;
retreating deep inside
touching roots, holding firm.

Expressing beauty already present
patiently revealed on leafless branches
clearly seen even by the blind.
Like trees, let us proudly
parade our ornaments,
especially our calm smile,
for the world to behold.

We are children of the earth.  We rely on the earth, and the earth relies on us.  Whether the earth is beautiful, fresh and green, or arid and parched, depends on our way of walking.  Please touch the earth in mindfulness, with joy and concentration.  The earth will heal you, and you will heal the earth. ~Thich Nhat Hanh (Your True Home)

94 Replies to “Natural Ornamentation Display”

  1. Your photos are so beautiful. Such beauty. Your words are gentle and poignant. And I love the quote at the end, of course.
    Calm smiling to you, David.
    Mary

  2. Thank you for sharing such peace, light, and beauty, David, despite the fires that are burning. Sending you blessings and gratitude for the reminder to smile and walk lovingly on our shared earth. ❤

  3. Thank you for this incredibly beautiful post, David. The photos are wonderful, especially that persimmon tree! My day got off to a rocky start through miscommunication. I received my Parallax book order this week, and after doing some reiki for my other and myself, I felt better. Then I picked up Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, “How to Fight.” I read the first few pages, and I was able to let go almost completely of the upset and pain.

    1. smiling to your kind reflection, dear Sunny!
      i’ve not seen that book yet
      and i’m wondering if Thay
      suggests sticks & stones, this time,
      or again, greater insights
      such as deep listening
      & loving speech 🙂

  4. This is beautiful David, and yes, may we all touch our Earth with mindfulness. as we reach out ever more mindful of each other..
    Beauty in every pixel of your photos..
    Wishing you Love and Peace as you enjoy your weekend David. 🙂 💚

  5. Thanks for another insightful and uplifting message, David. I hold onto the belief, expressed so well in your opening verses: “Touching beauty / even in those darkest places / gives hope of what’s possible.”

    There is much beauty and goodness in the hearts of humankind to drive out the darkness that seeks to dominate our world.

  6. What a lovely post, David, embracing the beauties of the earth and its inhabitants. I love seeing persimmons trees this time of year in northern California, and this one you present is the biggest and most abundant specimen I have ever seen. Always a joy to be here, thank you.

    1. thank you for receiving this fruity
      ornamental expression in the joyful
      spirit it is offered, dear Jet!
      wishing you warm ease & loving support
      during this chilly, holiday period 🙂

  7. I hope the fire is subsiding right now, leaving its message without harm to you or your home. it is true that we want the earth to take care of us but we need to take care of the earth also.

  8. hello smilecalm its dennis the vizsla dog hay my dada sez if he wuz arownd that persimmon tree he wood tayk down sum of the ornamints and eet them!!! i did not no yoo cud eet ornamints but aparently sumtimes yoo kan!!! i wunder if they ar all mint flayvord and that is why they call them ornamints??? ok bye

  9. David, a wonderful post, pictorially beautiful and the words full of hope and promise. The quote at the end is moving and profound.

    I see you even managed to sneak your blog name into your words….reversed!!😀 ‘Calm smile’. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year. 🎄😀
    ‘Like trees, let us proudly
    parade our ornaments,
    especially our calm smile,
    for the world to behold.’

  10. What beautiful words and what lovely pictures. Yes we have to tread carefully on mother earth and treat her well for the generations to come. Thank you for sharing your words and pictures with us. Much Love and Light from me 🙂 ❤

  11. The trees are so amazing! Nature celebrates the season in your lovely post.
    My favorite words:

    Long nights & chill factors;
    retreating deep inside
    touching roots, holding firm.

    Happy Holidays, David! xo

  12. The photos are great; especially the first one is stunning. I love persimmons, the fruit itself but also the leaves in the fall. Unfortunately, our tree got damaged this year but hopefully, it will recover next year.

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