Saturday, December 22, 2012
Instead of a thousand words, better still there were only one, but one which brought Peace.
Instead of a thousand verses, better still there were only one, but one which showed the Beautiful.
Instead of a thousand chants, better still there were only one, but one which spread joy.
Outside, beyond what is right and what is wrong, there is a huge field.
We will meet there.
~Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi
Let us go up to the mountain of the Lord so that we may walk with Him.
We will turn our swords into ploughs, and our spears into pruning tools.
May no nation raise their swords against one another, and may we never learn the art of war.
No one should fear their neighbour, for the Lord said so.
~Jewish Prayer for Peace
Ask and it will be given to you.
Seek and you will find.
Knock and the door will be opened to you.
Because those who ask, receive; those who seek, find; those who knock, shall have the door opened to them.
~ Jesus of Nazareth
If there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations, there must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities, there must be peace among neighbours.
If there is to be peace among neighbours, there must be peace at home.
If there is to be peace at the home, There must be peace in the heart.
~ Lao Tzu
This was the art opening at Heart of Sedona Coffee :~)
My New Greeting Cards :~) Soon to be for sale on etsy and my website!
Ron's first gig here in Sedona! He played at the Art Opening! Everyone loved him!
Today ~ the 1st day of the Holiday Bazaar
Great artist and massage therapist ~ Adam :~)
His beautiful work
Kari and I :~)
Friday, December 14, 2012
When we see a person in need, we may want to give them something as a way of helping them, but if we give without taking the time to see who they really are, honoring that most of all, our gift is nowhere near as powerful as it could be. We may want to give a homeless person a sandwich, for example, but if we give it without also taking a moment to look the person in the eye, making authentic contact, we rob them of the experience of being human.
Being in a position of need leaves a lot of people feeling vulnerable and full of self-doubt. The greatest gift we can give is to meet people in need without judgment and with the awareness that we are not superior to them simply because we are not currently in their position. If we take the long view, we can see that we all began life in need of a lot of care and attention, and many of us end life in the same way. Giving and receiving are companion energies that take turns throughout our lives, and we all get a chance to be on both sides of the exchange from time to time.
It’s important to be aware of our own tendency to give from a desire to feel good about ourselves, rather than from an acknowledgement of our connection to all people. Letting go of our self-importance allows us to see that, regardless of appearances, we are all givers and receivers. When we are in the position of the giver, we honor those we are helping when we remember the many people who have helped us. Then we can look the person we are helping in the eye, aware that we are making contact with a human being who is our equal.
Taking Our Turn to Give
by Madisyn Taylor
Thursday, December 13, 2012
These are some past adventures. Recently Brigid had an accident with a cactus! She has been off her feet resting. But she is doing well! Brigid is a tough little dog with a huge heart! I am so thankful she is OK, but sadly we have not been able to climb the wonderful Red Rocks. I am thinking of them today as I look out the window and see misty rain and very light snow. Now that the winter is here and the leaves are beginning to thin I can actually see these beautiful rock formations outside of my window. Even when not hiking the Red Rocks you can feel their spirits.
I hope you enjoy these photos and can some day visit Sedona. :~)
Before Brigid hurt her beautiful paws
I am so thankful to Heart of Sedona Coffee Shop for wanting my paintings to be part of their Art Opening Reception! I am showing 30 paintings! :~) Many other great artists will be there!