Clad in radiance

5 January 2016  –  a pome a day…


Song falls silent, music is dumb,
But the air burns with their fragrance,
And white winter, on its knees,
Observes everything with reverent attention.

― Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966)
The Complete Poems

Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity….
Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer. It presupposes faith and love.
Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer….
If we turn our mind toward the good, it is impossible that little by little the whole soul will not be attracted thereto in spite of itself

—Simone Weil (1909–1943)

To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.

― Mary Oliver (b.1935)

Snow was falling,
so much like stars
filling the dark trees
that one could easily imagine
its reason for being was nothing more
than prettiness.

― Mary Oliver (b.1935)

All this astonishing beauty of the natural world, all beauty, is an obvious expression of Cosmic Creative Intelligence.

— His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi                             (c1917-2008)

There is nothing in the world more beautiful than
the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow.
It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray,
every blade of grass, every spire of reed,
every intricacy of twig is clad in radiance.

   — William Sharp (aka Fiona Macleod, 1855-1905)


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