Whatever is Noble

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Fallen oak leaves

Regal presence 

Within a wood 

Groaning

In the wind

A living legend

Found in

The bounty 

Of Now.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2015

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Whatever is true, whatever is noble,

Whatever is right, whatever is pure,

Whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable,

Anything of excellence and worthy of praise

Dwell on these things only

Philippians 4:8

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The Formlessness of Impermanence

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Mists of divine thought

Formless pools of heaven

Presence in each breath

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“Clouds are formless manifestations of water in gaseous form. Since clouds are water we must understand that water represents very powerful emotion able to create or to destroy, and either or, in creation and in death water remains fluid, it never becomes fixed.”

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“Clouds are the mists of heaven and earth which represent the divine thought of “God” coming forth from source with great desire to manifest the unmanifest. In this we know that when we observe the formlessness of clouds in continual shift of movement and shape, it is as if we are looking into the pools of heaven, the sky, and seeing the universal possibilities of thought, movement and form.”

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“Clouds represent divinity, pure thought and pure being, emptiness and everything. Clouds are creations of polar opposites existing as one in such a freedom of being they never become fixed in form, just like the flow of water clouds tell us to be free from everything yet as pure as divinity.”

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“Clouds are dreams that make us ponder everything we don’t understand but are designed to search out. Therefore clouds are creations way of telling us never to settle in one thing or another because in doing so we become fixed and fixed objects always resist the natural flow of universal fluidity.”

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“Be like a cloud, free and in heaven always shifting form and always moving through the skies of infinite space and timeless wisdom. To see and contemplate the clouds is to learn oneself just as it is in all of the elements of nature.”

-by the Community

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*This excerpt was taken from: http://www.answers.com/Q/What_do_clouds_symbolize

*photos by moi, except the calligraphy of Thich Nhat Hahn taken from https://thecompassionategardener.wordpress.com/2015/08/29/clouds-never-die/

Cosmic Renewal

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Forgiveness of self

Slowly opens a closed heart

Lotus reflections

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“Most people are afraid of suffering. But suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower grow. There cannot be a lotus flower without the mud.” -Thich Nhat Hanh-

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*lotus photo by Bahman Farzad

https://www.flickr.com/photos/21644167@N04/3030351845/

*no mud, no lotus inscription found on:

https://www.tumblr.com/search/inspired+by+Thich+Nhat+Hanh

Celebrate Winter’s Coming

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Dance of purity

Falling softly from on high

Winter shakes her lace

© S. Islas-Madlo 2014

*illustration by Richard Scarry

My Heart

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“My heart, aflame in love, set afire every heart that came in touch with it. My heart has been rent and joined again. My heart has been broken and again made whole. My heart has been wounded and healed again. A thousand deaths my heart has died, and thanks be to love, it lives yet. I went through hell and saw there love’s raging fire, and I entered heaven illumined with the light of love.”   ~Hazrat Inayat Khan~

* watercolor by Cate Parr

http://www.etsy.com/listing/59523011/watercolor-fashion-illustration-print

Lavender Beauty

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Lavender roses.

Incarnate fragrance,

Priestly hue of dawn,

Spirit unfolding.

Even on the road to hell, flowers can make you smile. They are fragile, ephemeral, uncompromising. No one can alter their nature. True, you can easily destroy them, but you will not gain anything; you cannot force them to submit to your will.

Flowers arouse in us an instinct to protect them, to appreciate them, and to shelter them. This world is too ugly, too violent. There should be something delicate to care about. To do so is to be lifted above the brute and to go toward the refined. When we offer flowers on our altar, we are offering a high gift. Money is too vulgar, food too pedestrian. Only flowers are unsullied. By offering them, we offer purity.

The tenderness of flowers arouses mercy, compassion, and understanding. If that beauty is delicate, so much the better. Life itself is fleeting. We should take the time to appreciate beauty in the midst of temporality.

~Deng Ming-Dao~

*photo from:     http://bellafayegarden.tumblr.com/post/22174370333

Inside It’s Snowing

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Sometimes the solace falling gently

A lace heart delicate and fragile

Sometimes a delightful crunch under toe

And yet to be trampled under way

But those are the weather conditions

 

Sometimes the howling wind in the head

A whirl of snow that blinds in confusion

Sometimes coldness of the soul

A paralysing grip leaving emotions helpless

But those are the weather conditions

 

Sometimes the ice begins to melt

A thawing into vulnerability

Sometimes piles shovelled aside

A necessity to see the path

Those are the weather conditions

 

Inside it is snowing

For god-sakes the purity!

The renewal of spiritual cleansing,

Shadows releasing new light

There is nothing one can do

……About those weather conditions

 

Copyright © 2006 Salem Islas-Madlo

photo by Roy Green

Looking Out The Barn Window