“Let your life lightly dance on
the edges of Time
like dew on the tip of a leaf.” – Rabindranath Tagore
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This is just a borrowed title from one of my favorite poets Mary Oliver. A Thousand Mornings is one of the two books by Mary Oliver that I treasure. Her words inspire, uplift and cheer me up to no ends. Always, I would read a few lines or two, commit to memory some of her words and my day is complete.
All is quiet except the hum of the small electric fan underneath the computer table. It rained last night and there is a little breeze coming from the window. It is one of those mornings that you get a little introspective, you think about life and living and you are grateful for God’s blessings.
I always love what silence brings. I always love greeting the morning hearing nothing but the quiet of dawn, a new day feeling hopeful and anticipating what lies ahead. It’s those few minutes of bowing your head in prayer and listening to the silence in your heart that make life so precious. You ask but sometimes God surprises you with small miracles. You smile at the thought that life though sometimes harder than it seems is still beautiful. You smile at the thought that even if you are alone, happiness is within your grasp. You smile at the thought of a new day, a day to make more memories to hold.
I love watching a sunrise. It holds a promise, it inspires a dream. Sometimes, it plays hide and seek with the clouds but you feel the warmth of its embrace. I love the sprinkling of water droplets brought by the rain at night. How I wish I could capture those magnificent bubbles reflecting the beauty of the morning. I love the fresh morning look of the garden after the rain. Sometimes, you get lucky finding new blooms or a new shoot of some seeds you planted a few days ago.
I love those too. A week ago, I noticed my blackberry shrubs bearing fruits at last. I even asked my friend who gave me the seeds last year if they are flowers but she told me just to wait until they ripen into…. yes, black. They are turning red and Mom said they might be just flowers growing. I can’t wait. The three turmeric pots have sprouted leaves finally. The light green oblong shaped leaves are lovelier to look at than the leaves of ginger. Oh but I love squeezing a leaf of my ginger plant on my fingers now and then. The aromatic scent is addicting.
Tea and coffee.
Mom would not make a choice, she has always been a coffee lover. I love both though and I love those different tea infusions. You know that feeling of choosing a flavor to suit your mood for the day. Last Saturday, my daughter brought me a box of Twinings’ Lemon and Ginger, a lovely addition to my English Tea Shop’s Cranberry Vanilla Delight, Green Tea and Spiced Red Fruits. I have a few small sachets of Japanese Green Tea. Brewing a Japanese loose leaf green tea has always been a challenge for me, it is easier to use tea bags. I have two lovely tea kettles with strainer and I love using each one with the tea bags. Sipping tea on small cups is just lovely, isn’t it? Do you read tea leaves?
A thousand mornings….to dream, to read, to appreciate what nature brings, to make another day as lovely as yesterday. Dance to the beat of the day even when no one is watching. Dance to the music in your head. Dance to your heart’s desires.
the beautiful white heron
was floating along above the water
and then into the sky of this
the one world
we all belong to
sooner or later
is a part of everything else
which thought made me feel
for a little while
quite beautiful myself.”
― A Thousand Mornings, Mary Oliver
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I’ve always been in awe of candle light photography. I remember those photos I took of lighted candles at the St. Padre Pio Chapel near our place.
Watching the flickering flames somehow brings that inner peace in one’s soul, the quiet of the moment, fervent prayers uttered, the beauty of the Now.
A niece who is vacationing in France sent me some photos of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Paris and these is one of them. She knows that I love subjects like this and she told me, “I took those photos for you auntie”. She hasn’t shared it on other social media sites, she said I could use them any way I want, be it on my blog or as personal collection. Thank you Annabelle.
I am imagining myself right there at this moment, reflecting about life, its beauty and its angst while watching the flames sway and dance.
Poised to spread her wings
ready for flight
wanting to explore and discover
what life is all about,
But she is shivering in the cold
and wet morning.
Time would be kind enough
And let the sun show its face
so she could fly.
The wind chimes
move and dance,
a gentle reminder
that with all its angst
life is still beautiful.
running in your head.
Like an old melody
Waiting to be heard.
Left the house very early this morning for the Via Crucis at our local church. Josef has work (the American company does not observe Holy Week but here in our country, it’s a long four-day weekend) so it was just a two-hour visit, a yearly devotion of prayers and reflections on the Way of the Cross. There was a time when we used to visit several churches every Holy Thursday going as far as the surrounding towns in Laguna and the eastern loop of Rizal towns followed by the Last Supper mass. Just finished watching Siete Palabras (Seven Last Words) at Santo Domingo Church where my co-admin, Fr. Louie was one of the preachers. Our Catholic page, Apostles Filipino Catholic Community is on its 6th year this coming April. Sometimes I can’t believe that I have lasted this long at the site to help with our online apostolate. It’s a promise to myself that as long as I can, I would help.
Yesterday, I had a long chat with my priest son, Fr. Lovell. He had fever for four days and ended up being admitted at the hospital. What a way to celebrate Holy Week. I prayed hard that he will get well soon. There are times when he would preside on masses in pilgrimage churches and he would always text me and ask about my prayer petitions. The answer is always the same, “good health for the family”.
I always believe in the power of prayers. I always believe that God answers prayers in His time. I am lost without prayers, my intimate and personal conversations with God. Back when I was undergoing chemotherapy, I always prayed that if I get well, He would bring me back to my normal health so I could take care of my family longer. Answered prayers are special gifts that gladden the heart and uplift the soul.
A close friend had this link posted on her wall, Pins of Light by Fr. J. I made my online retreat there two days ago. It was a beautiful and lovely journey. Every year, they post something you can reflect on, you can visit it regularly though because there are several blog posts worth-reading.
May your celebration of Good Friday be as solemn and meaningful as the rest of the week. I am looking forward to Easter Sunday.