Yes, another coldest night
followed by another coldest day
felt in delicate, dark, places of fragility
in earth’s life forms, big & small.
Slowly breathing in this coldness
compassionately breathing out warmth.
Thawing mine & the world’s blossoms;
Once revealed, grateful at being witnessed.
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
91 Replies to “February Promises”
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.
such a kind reflection
feels heartwarming, thanks Miriam!
after coming in last night
the words wrote themselves.
wishing you happiness
here & now 🙂
Such wishes will be cherished. 🦋 .
that makes sense, Tippy!
but doesn’t seem to
stop many people
from arguing, anyway 🙂
Oh David so Pete t in this moment of being in our Alberta deep freeze ❄️❄️❄️ thanks for reminding us change does happen 💫☺️ have a beautiful day 💫
wish i could sent you
this rainy, damp cold
to warm you up a bit, dear hedy!
breathing in with you
and breathing out
warm thoughts 🙂
Heartfelt ode to nature.
thank you, dear sally!
words did feel a need
to express themselves last night.
may your day be well 🙂
exquisitely crafted from the Divine herself. Really hope we can ensure Gaia’s survival and renewal.
my blossom smiling
to yours, dear Linda
in hope of resilience!
wishing you warmth
this day, david 🙂
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.
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 🙂
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!
Exquisite photos and reflections, David. ❤
thank you for offering
these warming words, dear Carol!
wishing you gladness
& warm mittens 🙂
“So take refuge in Mother Earth and surrender to her and ask her to heal us, to help us.”
Refuge In Carlisle: https://bennaga.wordpress.com/2019/02/02/refuge-in-carlisle/
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 🙂
Don’t we all take refuge in something? And not always with conscious intent.
Let us look
for the new life
each of us!
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 🙂
I just got in from shoveling snow. Looking at your flower photos refreshed me. Take care —
holding your blossom’s
fatigued exertion with warm
thoughts, dear Neil!
may there be a hot tea
& comfortable chair
awaiting nearby, david 🙂
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.
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 🙂
😀 Thank you. I wish the same for you.
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.
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 🙂
Excellent words David.
Warmer days are not very far. Let us not loose hope.
warmly smiling to your inspired words, dear Rupali!
yes, keeping hope alive
while accepting the nature of things 🙂
I follow this all the time dear David.
‘And we have to accept that the worst can happen;’ Wonderful words, coupled with nature and the photographs are exquisite x
i’m grateful for your kind acceptance, dear shehannemoore!
may your day be filled with warmth
and furry, friendly critters 🙂
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. 🙏🏻🌿
i’m feeling even more rooted
in gratitude for what is, dear Karen!
may your true home be
a temperature that is
just right 🙂
Thank you 🙏🏻💕
I love the potential of those rose buds! Have read about your very cold weather over there – such extremes! Stay warm 🙂
thank you for sharing
your kindness & warmth, dear Meanderer!
i like the notion of rose’s potential.
may your day be well 🙂
Thank you! Yours, also 🙂
Breathing in I calm my body
Breathing out I smile
Hurry up spring ! 😉 It’s tough not wanting to be somewhere else.
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 🙂
Beautiful work David !!!
TNH’s quote falls heavy, yet with such truth. Lovely photos, D, nature gives us so much.
thank you for your kindness, dear Eliza!
we’re doing the best we can
with the conditions present.
wishing you warmth,
inside & out 🙂
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.
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 🙂
Mother earth shows so much hope and promise. Your shared words and photos bring that to light with an abundance of grace.
grateful for your invoking grace
along with your kindness, JoAnna!
the floral expressions in my yard
also offer you a smile 🙂
Charlee: “We also like it when the flowers start to bloom.”
Chaplin: “That’s when the butterflies and hummingbirds and things start to show up to entertain us!”
wishing a butterfly for each of you kitties
to offer their colorful, flying show
and remembrance of life’s preciousness 🙂
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.
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 🙂
So beautiful and peaceful
you find it so, dear Anarette 🙂
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!
I see beauty everywhere.
what a gift
to you, Nasa Afigbo 🙂
Thank yuu so much!!
your kind words
make me smile, iScriblr!
may your day be well, david 🙂
I hope we’ll be wiser and more loving.
makes me smile
having our hopes
in harmony, dear Michele 🙂
So beautiful 🙂
a happy smile, joshi 🙂
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.. 🙂
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 🙂
Loved your blooms, and makes me yearn for Spring.. sending warm smiles right back David
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.
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 🙂
Such beauty, David, in your photographs and your words. We await spring’s takeover and renewal!
i’m smiling to your word’s
addition of beauty today, dear Linda!
gratitude to the power of Spring 🙂
A lovely post reflecting Springs resilience and beauty. Thank you David 💛
Like spring, you eternally
make me smile, Val 🙂
Smiling back at you 🙏
February promises are usually correct 🙂 Thank you for this delightful post, David!
thank you for helping
make it so, dear inese 🙂
Beautiful pictures of joyful nature
Wise words of care.
Deep gratitude for the beauty you share.
i’m grateful for your
kind words of support, dear shobhna 🙂
Smiling with gratitude. 🙂
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
yes, let do something
so beautiful, dear JC 🙂
So beautiful 🙂
thank you, dear Ka 🙂
Beautiful pictures – I’m especially captivated by the rose – the sprout almost looks like a flower. Your pictures create refuge for me. Thank you David.
thank you for your kind words, dear Elizabeth 🙂
Beautiful pictures and your lovely words… it’s nice to hear from you!
Your gentle words and images are exactly what I needed this morning. Thank you.
i’m happy these promises
filled a need, dear Julie 🙂
Beautiful images and words: an ode to Nature