“Gentle As She Grows . . . “

Not very old when it happened,
A few years past a sapling,
She was out of line
A bit too far
From her many, cherished siblings
That stood in measured rows
Across the farm.
Like it was yesterday
She recalls
The day they pierced her,
With talk of “property”
And a wire that was barbed,
Confusion and pain
Like the first cut of puberty.
Still she grew tall and strong,
Her flesh covering over
The wire with the prongs,
Spreading her limbs wide
Over both sides,
With shade and fruit
That never failed to amaze
And the spiteful wire
Could do naught but rust away.
Now dropping her apples
On both the ugly and the good
She became a goddess, a queen
To the oaks of the distant woods,
Whispering to each other
As the breeze delivers her sweetness,
“Just look at her, old friends,
Is she not magnificent?”
And she bore no malice
Toward man nor beast,
So the wise oaks decided
That her name was “Peace.”

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Day 223 In the Pursuit of Love (Why is nature peaceful?)

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I think all we need to learn about peace — we can learn from these tiny water plants.

In doing what they were created to do — photosynthesis — they serve others by creating food and cleaning the water and the air. They ask for nothing in return other than to be allowed to serve their true purpose.

I imagine as more and more individual plants moved into the neighborhood — there was no fighting over boundaries or comparisons over who was the prettier shade of green. They shared rather than fought over the natural resources. There is no jealousy or envy or fear.

They are content taking only what they need. They don’t try to do photosynthesis faster or better than their neighbor. They don’t try to find a way to store all the carbon dioxide they can so that they can make a profit from a neighbor. They are in balance with the world around them.

These little plants don’t take vacations from their work or go on strike or decide they are worth more than the plant next to them. They maintain their own unique individuality while working with others for the common good.

What would the world look like if humans:

Went to work to serve others rather than for the profit?

Stayed in balance with all of nature?

Neither used nor created more than they needed?

Worked in cooperation rather than competition?

Functioned without fear?

Released the need for boundaries?

Do you feel more at peace in a large city or on a nature trail? Why do you think that is?

Love and Peace,

Colleen

 

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The Chautauqua Experience

I wanted to share some more of my experiences at Chautauqua with you. It truly is like walking into another world. A world that is quieter and beautiful. Fragrance fills the air. Faintly, from the direction of the lake you can hear laughter and giggling.

 

My first thing to do is to take pictures. I took over 600 photos. No you won’t have to look at all of them. I allow the energy fill me and take me to my calm space. We walked down the main street, which is brick, and found ourselves at Bestor plaza. I released a sigh of contentment.

 

After the big band performance, we went down to the lake for the fireworks. I sat on a bench while Amy video taped them. Chautauqua has a bell tower and it played patriotic songs while we watched the July 4th fireworks. We left about eleven to go back to our motel. The next day was filled with walking the streets and looking at the great old homes, a little food, going to the lake and seeing the opera, Madame Butterfly. It was a fantastic performance. I have seen it before but this one had perfect music, every note was precise and the voices were angelic. We had run into friends and we all ended up going to the opera together.

 

Amy did an internship for the opera almost thirty years ago and she went to visit her old haunts. I went to the bookstore and noodled around and went to the bookstore. Complete happiness descended upon me and I moved slowly through the shelves. They touch all subjects with their inventory and promote Chautauqua authors.

 

We went to a poetry and prose reading. I love to go to readings anywhere. Here the readings took place on a wide porch which wraps itself around two sides of the house. Authors can stay there if they wish. We sat in wicker furniture, feeling the gentle breeze on the cheek and words sailing through the air to your heart. A really good experience. Then we went to an art show in the park. It was fun to wander around enjoying the beauty and immersing ourselves in all of the talent and beauty that filled the park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Elmo's Door. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

Inspiration stump at Lily Dale. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

Flowers photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

 

Lily Dale, NY. Spiritualist community

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All-women's big band from Buffalo NY. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio

 

Hall of Philosophy. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

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Day Lily. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

 

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Clematis. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

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Art show. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

Art Show. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

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Father and son. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

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Bats the official night visitors on the grounds. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

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Fourth of July fireworks. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

B-z-z-e-e — B-e-e-z-z (5 MACROS)

Well, the question has been answered. Will the bees trust me using my macro lens as I photograph them from within my Lavender Bushes? I have a 60mm lens which is not a very long lens by far, and I work with no extension tubes. I use only my macro lens when I do all my macro photography.

The day I took these images, I saw the incredible focused and extremely busy activities the bees on my Lavender Bushes were involved in. I was astonished that a huge human head with this big black box in front of the face, did not faze these bees in the least. Can you even imagine what a huge human head must look like to a bee? This tiny bee no bigger then the end of my nose, if that, didn’t even miss a beat in getting to the flower he had his eyes set on!

We humans can certainly learn from these bees how to remain on track and focused no matter what, in order to accomplish what we orignally set out to do!

Having camera in hand, I said to myself, this is the moment to see if these bees will trust me. And they did. Not a one broke stride as I had my face buried in those bushes.

In the following photos, yes, some have been cropped to get the image of the bees in closer, but, if I showed you the original, not much was cropped off. When I viewed these photographs, again … again I say, my jaw dropped. I am so humbled beyond words how I am able to photograph Nature without disturbing Her. And I am given permission to do so.

The following FIVE photographs are of the bees busily working on my Lavender Flowers. I see this every Summer, and every Summer I am in awe how these bees remember that I have special Lavender flowers just for them. Every Summer they return, and this year, their number has increased. For this, my Heart does rejoice, for the bees have been struggling so hard within this environment that has become so toxic to them.

May you marvel as I still do, when you view the incredible detail I was able to get for you. Be Blessed. Be Happy. Know you are Loved and may the Abundance of the Bee follow you in your own Life!

Love, Peace, and (((HUGS))) Amy

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Photography/Writing 2014©AmyRose

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Where you will find me

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Dreaming amidst the clouds.

Surrounded by water and trees.

Gazing at the stars.

This is where you will find me
Suckling at the breast of Mother Nature
Provider of my nourishment

She encourages me
To dream
To appreciate
To gaze

She teaches me
To dream
To appreciate
To gaze

Upon all her wonders

Loved by my Mother
I am part of nature
Her gifts

This is where you will find me
A place I cannot hide
From myself or you

Photo credit:
Picture 1 My own
Picture 2 bing graphicshunt
Picture 3 bing scopetrader.com

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Japanese garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden.  Serene, beautiful, welcoming and peaceful.  Debbie brought up the fact that the environment plays a part in how peaceful people are…and that is so true.  Living in/with nature, or in quiet and pleasant surroundings, can help people feel calmer and more relaxed.  Walking through the Japanese garden is a truly lovely experience.  Being there does have an impact on how people feel.  They speak in hushed tones, when they speak at all.  The environment fosters contemplation and a oneness with nature.

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Sustainable Equilibrium

A thoughtful post by Brenda Barrett discusses the possibility that restrained growth may be the new normal.

I tend to agree and believe that it is very important that we as individuals, communities and countries embrace new models of living based on sustainability. This is what I am calling sustainable equilibrium. 

In other words, will we live in harmony with our precious planet, exercising balance and constraint?

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I hold hope and vision for a sustainable future based on gentler ways of living with more sharing, cooperation, focus on quality of life and the good of all society and planet as our guides. May we move away from focusing on the accumulation of wealth, economic growth and individual gain as our main guides and gods. They have proved to be false gods. Much like the ego, they don’t embrace the power and potential of the whole. -muse brad

Brenda refers to the ideas of Nate Hagen about our current situation. He believes that economic growth may be fading away due to over-consumption of resources, negative environmental impacts like climate change, and excess debt. He argues that we have maxed out on economic growth and resource consumption. She also sites a book by Tim Jackson who believes that we need to re-define prosperity as something that is more meaningful, less materialistic and less reliant on growth.

Japan gives us clues as to how we might face this new model of living. Despite little to no economic growth for two decades, Japan has adjusted and continued to bring quality of life to most of it’s citizens.  Of course, it helps that they have a cultural bias toward living for the good of society. Brenda also quotes Junko Edahiro who suggests the need to live for happiness and higher purpose. A higher purpose that can replace the goals of personal gain and country economic growth with ones that benefit all.

As we evolve individually and collectively toward more holistic ways of living that include the good of each other and the planet, we will be inspired to design new and better ways of living sustainably. I’m game. Are you?

Here are two fun videos on whimsy to remind us the joy of creativity well applied.

Let’s use our creativity to design fun, sustainable ways of living for a sustainable equilibrium.

 

Writing to Freedom

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