Be like a train; go in the rain,

go in the sun, go in the storm,

go in the dark tunnels!

Be like a train;

concentrate on your road

and go with no hesitation!
~Mehmet Murat ildan

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

It turns what we have into enough...

.........and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

~Melody Beattie

Don't be satisfied with stories,

how things have gone with others.

***Unfold your own myth.***

I hope you will go out and let stories,

that is life, happen to you, and that

you will work with these stories . . .

water them with your blood &

tears & your laughter till they bloom,

till you yourself burst into bloom.

~Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Monday, 28 January 2019

The Land I've Been Looking For

In every walk with nature one
 receives far more than he seeks.
~ John Muir

Yesterday I took the easy
way up the hill. The wind
was blowing cold, so I
walked the steeper part with
the wind at my back. It
worked a charm and the 
20mph winds almost blew
me up the hill.

I have come home at last!
This is my real country!
I belong here.
This is the land I have
been looking for all my life,
though I never knew it till now...
Come further up, 
come further in! 
~ C.S. Lewis, 
The Last Battle

Half-way up the hill,
further up, 
further in.
This is the country
I've waited for my whole
life. I'm here. I'm home.

Climb the mountains
 and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow
into you as sunshine
flows into trees.
The winds will blow their
freshness into you,
and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop 
off like falling leaves.
~ John Muir

Once we're up the hill,
over the stile and into
the oak wood we go.
Well, I go over, the
dogs sneak under.

Believe one who knows:
You will find something
 greater in woods than in books.
Trees and stones will teach
you that which you can
never learn from masters.
~ St. Bernard of Clairvaux, 

Every walk to the woods is a religious rite, every bath in a stream a saving ordinance. Communion service is at all hours, and the bread and wine are from the heart and marrow of Mother Earth. 
There are no heretics in Nature's church; all are believers, all are communicants. The beauty of natural religion is that you have it all the time; you do not have to seek it afar off in myths and legends, in catacombs, in garbled texts, in miracles of dead saints or wine-bibbing friars. It is of today; it is now and here; it is everywhere.
                                         ~ John Burroughs

At the top of Panpwnton Hill
we reached the tree cathedral, my
Sunday morning worship place.
 The music played on the wind,
the birds my fellow congregants.

Take a course in good
 water and air; and in the 
eternal youth of Nature 
you may renew your own. 
Go quietly, alone; 
no harm will befall you. 
~ John Muir

I linger and worship and breathe.
The dogs chase one another
 and chew sticks and then, with
my soul at rest, we begin
down the hill toward home,
hours after we left.

Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering
have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
~ J.R.R. Tolkien,
The Hobbit

Home to warmth, my favourite chair,
 and my book.

And always a cup of warming Earl Grey.

I've come home.

The silence of landscape conceals vast presence. Place is not simply location. A place is a profound individuality. With complete attention, landscape celebrates the liturgy of the seasons, giving itself unreservedly to the passion of the goddess. 

The shape of a landscape is an ancient and silent form of consciousness. Mountains are huge contemplatives. Rivers and streams offer voice; they are the tears of the earth's joy and despair. The earth is full of soul ….. Civilisation has tamed place. Left to itself, the curvature of the landscape invites presence and the loyalty of stillness. 
                       ~ John O'Donohue, Anam Cara