Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Swords Into Plowshares An Ancient Concept Living & Breathing

Here it is just about late summer. August does remind us of that so very well. The gardens that I've presently been tending here on good ole terra firma have always paralleled my own inner life. Isn't that true for us all? There's a lot of beauty & color here along the way yet also a per mingling of over growth such as the briers, prickers & weeds. For me it has always been a reminder of that inner balance with nature, my nature~
What to keep? What to remove? How much energy do I have? Where do I want to invest it?
And last, but not least, how to ask for help?

This Personhood we all live is by nature subject to the ups, downs & upheavals of life's storms. It is inevitable as we see it in nature all the time. We too are an element of her & therefore will continue to experience upheavals throughout a lifetime. How it will turn out for us is a matter of the decisions we make, & how we choose to color them with our perspectives.

I too as any human being take it one step at a time, one forward, & also a step or two back, & forward again trying to allow myself the freedom of non contaminating thoughts, which is an immense effort. Our work is set out for us on each & every path. For without compassion the concept of world peace will remain just that a good idea. But good ideas have been known to flourish & bloom, & one garden at a time is a fulfilling start. As we work on ourselves to be as Gandhi said, "the change we want to see in the world", we are doing what it is we are intended to do with our own lives.

The first two photos were taken earlier this summer during our visit to the-
National Arboretum, Washington, D.C.
of which our son so lovingly arranged for us.

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© Mother Lightning of Mother Lightning's Peace Garden

"Developing concern for others, thinking of them as part of us, brings self-confidence, reduces our sense of suspicion and mistrust, and enables us to develop a calm mind."

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