earth & sky transcend sides ~d nelson
Mountains, oceans, deserts & more;
Mother Nature’s gifts of geographic diversity.
Over time, ancestors found ways of overcoming
challenging barriers and experiencing personal discoveries.
Yet for all their seemingly impressive conquests
many failed to find a most precious treasure; true happiness of their heart.
Looking for happiness, contentment & love out there,
somewhere; maybe it’s just around the bend, they thought.
overcoming fence, overcoming hunger (click to enlarge)
After diligently polishing our own jewel by going
in, day after day, rather than searching outwardly,
many have found some success dismantling falling fences
of separation bequeathed by past generations.
blossoms un-divided ~d nelson
fallen fences 2 (click to enlarge)
Blossoms coming into this world with rusting fences
between them & other fragile blossoms.
Seeing clearly mirrored reflections of each other
in sunligtht, breathing the same, freely offered, air.
Removing jagged fences gifts us,
our neighbors & our descendants
experienced freedom to be our loving selves
& to be kind & fearless with each other.
fallen fences 3
fallen fences 4 (click to enlarge)
playing on the fence
Courage & gentle patience, dear ones!
Trust in liberating heart’s intuition.
“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Fang enjoys the conditions ~d nelson (click to enjoy his musical story)
Fang the Terrible is happy to offer a special
gift to the world on his 16th birthday.
When you need the physical healing
of touch, a warm, furry embrace, hug
& warm, wet lick, he’s already there for you
Offering unconditional love
and the best companionship,
what more can a person want?
A contemplation-worthy question.
Well, Fang wants a walk,
then a bone and a nap.
found my bone (click to enlarge)
dressed for the weather
Fang is offering his short dogumentary,
called, “Fang’s Contented Wags”,
about a 5 minutes adventure,
of a contented, ferocious life.
He enjoys smelling & watering the flowers.
Along the way we find out
why he’s not so terrible after all.
Fang hopes his colorful, comic images & piano music
will give you smile. Just click on the this post’s top image to view clip.
may you be well
contented & happy.
Thanks to Hariod Brawn for inspiring Fang’s calming
with his book, “the sway of contentedness”.
real hot doggy
compassion for rat (click to enlarge)
paddling with my sister
revealing roots’ mystery ~d nelson
Taking relaxed refuge in Nature.
In time, seeing my parent’s parents’ roots in nature.
Then back further, before human beings.
Deepest roots from where all animals,
plants, living & non-living, incarnate.
concentrating on stream
Finding safe comfort in Nature.
In time, seeing the silt, dirt, run-off & debris.
Cleaning my stream’s toxic mental formations;
thoughts, emotions & consciousness.
Intentionally shifting view, me to we.
Seeing selves completely as nature,
integral parts of a whole.
Me bowing to your noble aspiration.
after the flood (click to enlarge)
muddy pond settling (click to enlarge)
revealing mysterious roots (click to enlarge)
revealing ancestor’s roots
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. ~ Helen Keller
cloud is us ~d nelson
From highest high peaks
towards street level & lower
our cloud continues, falling,
dancing, splashing, sustaining life,
steadily settling into calm clarity.
Recognizing our cloud, within
proffers insightful glimpses:
nature’s cycles persisting
as they always have;
inter-playfully patient & wise,
manifesting of elements,
energies & unknown;
all when conditions
are just right.
Isn’t it a miracle being here
& now across space & time
with you, my friend?
Smiling to breathed replies.
making our splash (click to enlarge)
dancing upon the water
ferns like clouds (click to enlarge)
touching cloud in our roots
calmly reflecting sky
“A cloud can become snow, or hail…or rain. But it is impossible for a cloud to pass from being into non-being. And that is true with your beloved one. She has not died. She is continued in many new forms. And you can look deeply and recognize herself in you and around you.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
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.
Feb 1 bud 2 (click to enlarge)
Feb 1 blossom 3
“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
made for your heart & mind’s fingers & feet~d nelson
With each turning of black dots on a page
into exquisite or hard-driving sounds,
thousands of hours of practice, more or less,
express their vibrant continuation, this moment.
teachers awaken our inner teacher
strum me home
Musicians know about practice.
Awakening contemplators know practice.
Sitting calmly, walking peacefully, smiling
into mirrors, remembering gratitude,
rehearsing saying thank you & I’m sorry
so naturally spoken when needed,
to ourselves and others.
Imagine such harmony.
mini string section
sing like a bird (click to enlarge)
Zen Master invites bell, then states “keep practicing” ~d nelson
A beautiful piano concert
played locally by professional musical friends
who have practiced a whole lot,
for your watching or listening enjoyment (just click image below):
wonderful pianist concert
Compost Transformed into Roses Cozy Harmony ~d nelson
Wonderful, our continuation into this
new year, dear refreshed fellow, yet fragile
blossoms in the garden of humanity.
calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hanh