February Promises

 

Feb 1 rose bud ~d nelson

Yes, another coldest night
followed by another coldest day
felt in delicate, dark, places of fragility
in earth’s life forms, big & small.

Feb 1 blossom

Slowly breathing in this coldness
compassionately breathing out warmth.
Thawing mine & the world’s blossoms;
Once revealed, grateful at being witnessed.

Feb 1 blossom 4

This morning’s warmed moment’s potential
of next warmed moment’s possible
makes me smile as I discover
another hidden rose bud, inside.

“So take refuge in Mother Earth and surrender to her and ask her to heal us, to help us.
And we have to accept that the worst can happen;
that most of us will die as a species and many other species will die also and Mother Earth will be capable
after maybe a few million years to bring us out again and this time wiser.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Feb 1 blossom 2

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90 thoughts on “February Promises

  1. delphini510

    Ahh … David, such a beautiful post with so much love and wisdom to
    all living. Your own verses and the quote by Thich Naht Hahn give us
    a lot to think about as well as giving a feeling of peace.
    ” followed by another coldest day
    felt in delicate, dark, places of fragility
    in earth’s life forms, big & small. ”

    I quote you here as this one is so beautiful.

    Miriam

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      such a kind reflection
      feels heartwarming, thanks Miriam!
      after coming in last night
      the words wrote themselves.
      wishing you happiness
      here & now πŸ™‚

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  2. sloppy buddhist

    Oh David so Pete t in this moment of being in our Alberta deep freeze ❄️❄️❄️ thanks for reminding us change does happen πŸ’«β˜ΊοΈ have a beautiful day πŸ’«

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  3. Annika Perry

    Tender blossom & poetry to warm the heart and spirit on this cold February day … a touching and quietly reflective start to my day, David. One can’t help but admire the tenacity and resilience of these flowers, braving the cold … a welcoming sight in the midst of winter!

    Thank you also for the link to The Rose Above the Sky, a new to me but I’m enthralled by the words and gentle melody.

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      i’m grateful for your reflection, dear Annika!
      how wonderful starting the day blossoming
      in the garden of humanity.
      that Bruce Cockburn album, “Humans”
      inspired my 1980 college days πŸ™‚

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      1. Annika Perry

        A beautiful phrase, David – ‘garden of humanity’! May it flourish!

        I’ve never heard of Bruce Cockburn but will look up this album on my streaming service – I’m enjoying listening to your musical elements of your posts!

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for you kind words, Ben.
      i found your poem an inspiring expression
      of refuge for one’s self
      & other companions
      on the path, Ben πŸ™‚

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      i’m nearly seeing
      that bright little blossom
      of yours taking shelter
      from the storm, dear Tom!
      may it be fully revealed
      at the first warmth of sunlight πŸ™‚

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      holding your blossom’s
      fatigued exertion with warm
      thoughts, dear Neil!
      may there be a hot tea
      & comfortable chair
      awaiting nearby, david πŸ™‚

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  4. ashiftinconsciousness

    Nice song.

    Beautiful photography and verses.

    Beautiful words from Thich Nhat Hanh.

    This is a very timely post to help me stem the tide of disgust I too often feel toward the human race. Thank you.

    πŸ™‚

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      your sharing makes me
      feel a little warmer this cold morning, ashiftinconsciousness!
      may your flower feel comforted & safe
      to blossom a bit more in each moment πŸ™‚

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  5. Sunny

    Beautiful tribute to the impermanence of all, both winter and summer, both life and death. And three cheers for the end of the misery, at least for now.

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      smiling to your watering
      of my rosebush, dear Sunny!
      i suspect there’s plenty
      of misery awaiting around the bend
      but for now i’m cheering & smiling
      with you πŸ™‚

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  6. Karen Lang

    Beautiful words and reflections on accepting ‘what is’ in life and in nature David. May we all continue to open like flowers each day and grow our roots deeply in this moment. πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒΏ

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      i’m happy you are finding refuge
      in calm conscious breathing & smiling, Leo!
      but there’s no substitute for a really
      warm jacket & gloves & hot beverage.
      wishing you all of the above πŸ™‚

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  7. Alison and Don

    Warmed by your words
    despite the cold.
    And all is well.
    We are so fragile,
    and not very wise
    and perhaps we all will perish.
    And all is well.
    Thich Nhat Hanh is wise
    and perhaps sees the truth.
    Still, all is well.
    Your first three photographs
    bring joy to my heart.
    Thank you.
    Alison

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      so long, seems i wished
      the world, the climate, societies…
      would be a-ok, eventually, but that
      illusion made me suffer, dear Alison.
      now i suffer less, abiding in my truth,
      accepting things as they are,
      as expressed by the wise & learned.
      Now intentionally embracing beauty experienced,
      & sharing my feelings with the world.
      i’m grateful for your kind, clear
      understanding & poetry
      offered here πŸ™‚

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  8. bruce thomas witzel

    Ah David ….absolutely gorgeous buds and flowers (thorns included) and the quote by Thay as always, reminds to surrender and also that dis-illusionment is not necessarily bad. I loved viewing the post with The Rose Above the Sky…. B.Cockburn is special artist. Thanks & may you stay warm amidst the coldness. Peace my friend.

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      makes me happy, my dear Canadian friend
      that you experienced the humble post to full effect!
      Cockburn’s sounds that inspired my college days, activism
      and eventually a spiritual refuge from the storm.
      winter here is wet, but not harsh, thankfully.
      thus, the roses are being moved to bud.
      wishing you, Fran & loved ones
      warmth & comfort πŸ™‚

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  9. Betty Hayes Albright

    A most beautiful post, David. May we always find another rosebud hidden inside as humanity goes forward and struggles to evolve. May we begin to heal the earth before it’s too late.
    Thank you for this!

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  10. Sue Dreamwalker

    Beautiful to see Spring seems to be trying her best to bloom amid the cold.. Nature always find a way to shine..
    And seeing these beautiful blooms makes my own heart glow.. Role on Spring here in the UK.. πŸ™‚

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      isn’t nature’s example of resilience
      a miracle, an inspiration
      for humanity, dear Sue?
      well, i asked knowing
      you know the answer!
      happy to send some California
      winter blooms your way, dear one.
      wishing you a happy, warm smile πŸ™‚

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  11. Jet Eliot

    I always find refuge in your posts, David, and this one was one of my very favorites of all time, for the grace and hope and utter truth you expressed. The flower buds, so tender, the blooming flowers, so hopeful, and then the quote, which had me in tears for its acceptance. This quote is going into my calendar and will help me in days ahead. Thank you, David.

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      bowing in gratitude for your reflection, Jet!
      it’s natural for us to feel sadness for what Marvin Gaye sang, “oh mercy, mercy me, the ecology.” And yet, in each moment we do our best so that’s our continuation. Your posts expressing animals & the natural world’s beauty is an inspiration to many, especially me. Wishing you warm, dry happiness πŸ™‚

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  12. JC

    Flowers never looked so beautiful as when we think we might never see them again. Let’s meditate on fields of flowers blooming in the morning sun… jc

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