Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Lessons from nature
In my garden a tender vine winds round the tall stem of a hollyhock, intertwining itself with the drying seed pods. Pumpkin vines crawl through rows of corn, sheltered by ears and leaves, supported by neighboring stalks. Rows of sweet peas link arms, and shoulder their way up a once white trellis. The swallows that nest in on the crossbeams of my garage build upon the remains of last year's nest. Dame Nature whispers the wisdom of peaceful co-existence, compassionate giving, tolerance of others and grateful acceptance of the offered arm of community. The power of the existence of love can permeate a room and calm the heart of the distressed. It is not words, but rather the actualization of our affections that hold back the darkness. The bonds between heart and soul, formed in infancy and beyond, strengthen the back, lift the head, focus the mind and will and allow us to breathe deeply, the breaths that are required for courage.