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The Rejuvenating Power of Green

May 26, 2013 by , under Moments of "ordinary" life, Tools and Practices.

Green is a wonderful, healing, and energizing color.
It is the color of spring — of new life, new beginnings, new chances.
It is the color of hope.
I am reminded of the line from the Hopkins poem, God’s Grandeur:  “There lives the dearest freshness deep down things”.
And also the line from Coleridge’s Kubla Khan:  “Enfolding sunny spots of greenery…”
I had a moment yesterday where I felt invited to simply relax into the healing and revitalizing power of green.  I had just come back home from having been out for a while, and I caught a glimpse of the sunlight shining through the green leaves by my window.  The wind was blowing gently through the chimes.
And for about ten or fifteen minutes, I simply gazed at the green leaves filled with light against my window and listened to the chimes.
I think it is important to answer these invitations to beauty and to contemplation when they occur — and they often occur naturally at times of transition during the day.
For me, this moment happened when I had just returned home, and about a half an hour before I needed to start preparing dinner.
Next time this happens for you, go with it and see what happens!

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Against the Wind

December 27, 2012 by , under Moments of "ordinary" life.

I happened to hear this Bob Seger song on the radio just now while I was having lunch at a local restaurant:  Against the Wind.

And it reminded me of a moment many years ago when I was driving a taxi in San Francisco…

It was a bright sunny day, and I was driving three very young soldiers to their ship near Fisherman’s Wharf.

They were about to be deployed to Iraq.

And this Bob Seger song came over the radio as we were heading down to the Wharf from North Beach.

And we all knew the words to it, and we sang it together:

Against the wind
We were runnin’ against the wind
We were young and strong, we were runnin’
against the wind

There was a special poignancy to this moment for me.  I felt a sense of profound harmony with these young men who were, perhaps, heading to their deaths — but, certainly, to danger, excitement, severe trials and tests.

And I felt honored to share that moment of communion with them.

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