There are a gazillion ways to respond to God. For Therese of Lisieux, it is simply this:
“He teaches without noise of words. Never have I heard Him speak, but I feel He is within me, at each moment. He is guiding and inspiring me with what to say and do!”
Between impulse and choice
or inspiration and choice
comes sanity of silence…in the mind
That’s having a rapport with God!
“The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.”
The World of Things by Kamisaka Sekka
Kamisaka Sekka is a famous illustrator of 20th century Japanese craftspeople. This image spurs on what’s coming…endless raking of leaves on our property…hoping to avoid blisters on my hands…
Tree tops shedding time
lay carpet of rustling leaves
glove protected hands
Prescott Valley Arizona Painting by Russell Johnson
Praise morning goodness! To serve without hesitation. Act on good impulse. Thrust into battle against evil. With morning stands the capacity to surrender all and change instantly.
mystically from sleep to awake
the future begins now!
“So then, we must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another.”
Rain chains are an ancient adaptation to keep moisture away from Japanese homes. They first appeared at corners of temples and shrines and now are a vital part of modern architecture. By using these rain chains, the Japanese people have come to appreciate more the joy of rain within their homes and gardens.
Simple rain charmer
funneling heaven’s water
no need for downspout
…Kusari doi…Japanese for chain gutter. What a great idea…!
In Japan, fireflies are found plentiful hovering over clear streams of water in the Onsen region.
During humid nights
they swarm in their luminescence
Image At Home with Venetia in Kyoto
Venetia inspires my gardening and writing about it. Her background is of English nobility which she ceded when she turned 20 for a life of adventure touring Asia and settled in Kyoto, Japan. You can discover her through delightful videos shown at NHK World.
Housework is boring
when you can rattle dry leaves
and store herbs for winter
Venetia truly lives a Zen life of horticulture within Japanese custom.
Image by Pinterest
August portends the waning of summer and time to learn new things in school. Better than this is the school of charity which excels in every season for every generation.
School of Charity
for children of the God of Peace
displayed by word and deed
…much goodness comes from being humble…