Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance. ~Yoko Ono
Thankful 2020 Is Almost Over. Wonder. Wisdom. Words. Last Post Of The Year. Warm Wishes For A Wonderful Holiday Season. Stay Safe. Stay Well. Persevere.
Singer-Songwriter Kristi Flagg Performing In My Arms From Her New Album Brave New View. Positively prayerful, soulful folk rock album perfectly placed in transitional political and pandemic times. Celebrating letting go, diving in, being joyful, accepting change and realizing happiness. Good vibrations through liberating awareness. Kristi is also the owner + vision keeper of the Valley Spirit Wellness Center ~an art co-op and wellness center and gathering place for conversation and community in Connecticut.
Auspicious Autumnal Equinox From Wonder. Wisdom Words. Bit of poetic acumen a la Jack Kerouac applicable to pandemic times prompting passionate appreciation for life as it is. As Autumn illuminates the New England landscape with vibrant velocity, Wonder. Wisdom. Words. seeks to purposefully practice more tree time and less screen time. Enjoy this beautiful season for body mind spirt and beyond benefit!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised Americans to wear cloth face masks while out in public to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus. A proactive precautionary safety measure worth taking. For many before the pandemic, face masks were not a part of their at-home collection. Luckily, many retailers have face coverings available for purchase. For those who do not have masks already, a handcrafted mask is a great homemade goal-oriented project ~see Pattern via the NYTimes, or find one online designed by an artful artisan for a good cause. A simple Google search will offer an abundant selection to admire and choose from. Mask On!
A tip for kindred super sensitive skin souls, as wearing masks becomes routine, Wonder. Wisdom. Words. recommends these two stellar old-world apothecary style products to rescue and restore facial skin. Tata Harper’s holy grail Hydrating Flower Mask treatment is like a glass of water for stressed skin. Clinically-proven to provide hyper-hydration, it’s light and cooling and smells like fresh flowers, plus gentle enough to use every night. And Kiehl’s Buttermask For Lips infused with Coconut Oil and Wild Mango Butter will treat and repair dry lips overnight while you sleep. Healing Time!
Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly. ~Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
★ Solstice Salutations From Wonder. Wisdom. Words. Honoring The Sun Gods. Find Some Summer Solace In Simple Ways To Savor The Season ★
Cup Of Sunshine Herbal Tea Recipe: A calming blend of equal parts ★ Dried Lemon Balm ★ Dried Calendula ★ and Milky Oats ~tops of the Oat plant after it has flowered. Mix the herbs together, then steep in just-boiled water for 10 minutes. Strain + serve. Enjoy! Note: These are easy to grow plants by seed. Homegrown = truly organic. When crating your tea, experiment with equal proportions to taste. Often less is more.
One of the best things about Summer is fresh peaches! If you are a fan of the fruit, try this ★ Summer Salsa Recipe ★ that pairs perfectly with tortilla chips and fish tacos. Gently incorporate all the ingredients in a bowl and season with sea salt and pepper. Note: For best results use just picked peaches at ripe and juicy peak perfection.
2 cups fresh peaches, peeled and diced
1 cup red bell pepper, diced small
3 Tbsp red onion, diced small
3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
1 jalapeño chili, minced
1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
Wonder. Wisdom. Words. Is Looking Forward To A Seasonal Staycation. Stay Safe. Soak In Some Sun. Study Your Surroundings. Garden And Grow Things. Get Your Hands Dirty. Curation. Contemplation. Creation. Bloom Where You Are Planted.
We have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us; the labyrinth is thoroughly known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; and where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world. ~Joseph Campbell
It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call … The Twilight Zone. ~Rod Serling
We Are All In This
Place Together. Proactive Pandemic Protection: Stay Home. Stop The Spread. Save Lives. Stay Informed. Stay Well. Troubling Times In Trumplandia.
Being fully present to fear, to gratitude, to all that is ~this is the practice of mutual belonging. As living members of the living body of Earth, we are grounded in that kind of belonging. Even when faced with cataclysmic changes, nothing can ever separate us from Earth. We are already home. ~Joanna Macy
For The Love Of Ecopsychology. Join The Global Online Celebration Of The New Book: A Wild Love For The World On Joanna Macy’s 91st Birthday! The evening will be moderated by editor Stephanie Kaza with music by Lydia Violet, and will include words from Joanna as well as selected readings from the book by various guest authors. Joanna is eager to connect with people around the world under these difficult times. Gain fresh inspiration and address the “work of our time” drawing on the life work and legacy of teacher-writer-activist Joanna Macy. Note: This is a tune into livestream event by timezone, so no need for zoom or registration!
A Wild Love For The World Joanna Macy And The Work Of Our Time, Shambhala Publications, 2020.
Joanna Macy is a scholar of Buddhism, systems thinking, and deep ecology whose decades of writing, teaching, and activism have inspired people around the world. In this collection of writings, leading spiritual teachers, deep ecologists, and diverse writers and activists explore the major facets of Macy’s lifework. Combined with eleven pieces from Macy herself, the result is a rich chorus of wisdom and compassion to support the work of our time.
Shambhala Publications is an independent publishing company based in Boulder, Colorado that specializes in books that present creative and conscious ways of transforming the individual, the society, and the planet. In the hope of contributing to the development of a thoughtful, kindhearted, and contemplative society.