ELEMENTS OF THE SEASONS

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This bright image brings to mind a practice to identify the seasonal elements in one’s life.  The elements or kigo incorporate the hopes, sorrows and joys of livingThis practice is best suited for going somewhere quiet outside and breathing in the season.  As soon as you relax your mind, write down the words and scenes under three categories:  Daily life, animals and earth.  Keep writing to fill one or two items under each category.  Then begin to write a Haiku associated with the words and scenes you have jotted down and even mention an image to depict your Haiku…you will be amazed at what you discover about the seasonal elements in your life.

The life of Bruce Lee is worth noting here.   Here are some of his life quotes:

“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”

“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life.  There are no limits.  There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”

“Real living is living for others.”

“Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.”

If you decide to practice this kigo experience, do share your results.

MORNING WIND

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“Do you wish to rise?  Begin by descending.  You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds?  Lay first the foundation of humility.”

–Augustine of Hippo

It’s true…we do not rise up in the morning by ourselves…each day, we rise up in faith.

KEEP GOING

Road to Nowhere, Supermoon Tapestry by Aaron J. Groen

In the whole of life there are many roads to adversity.

QUOTES

“Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life…Tough situations build strong people in the end.”

–Roy T. Bennett

“An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; and adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.”

–G.K. Chesterton

“The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.”

–Henry W. Longfellow

“Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.”

–Henry J. Kaiser

Let us all face adversities with patience and trust.

 

FOR ALL PEOPLE ON EARTH

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“True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth.”

–Eleanor Roosevelt

“Stay with us…in moments of distress because left to ourselves we crumble under the weight of the cross…because You alone bring meaning, hope, joy and life.  Stay with us, Lord, in every moment of 2021!”

–Father Joseph Mary Wolfe