When clouds rise in the sky, it is a sign that it will rain.
There is nothing to do but to wait until after the rain falls.
It is the same in life when destiny is at work.
We should not worry and seek to shape the future by interfering in things before the time is ripe.
We should quietly fortify the body with food and drink and the mind with gladness and good cheer.
Fate comes when it will, and thus we are ready.
A Heavenly Law
To bless means to help.
Heaven helps the man who is devoted
Men help the man who is true.
He who walks in truth and is devoted in his thinking, and furthermore reveres the worthy, is blessed by heaven. He has good fortune, and there is nothing that he would not further.
It is the law of heaven to make fullness empty and to make full what is modest. When the sun is at its zenith, it must, according to the law of heaven, turn toward its setting and at its nadir it rises toward a new dawn. In obedience to the same law the moon when it is full begins to wane and when empty of light it waxes again.
This heavenly law works itself out in the fates of men also. It is the law of earth to alter the full and to contribute to the modest. High mountains are worn down by the waters, and the valleys are filled up. It is the law of fate to undermine what is full and to prosper the modes; and men also hate fullness and love the modest.
The destinies of men are subject to immutable laws that must fulfill themselves. But man has it in his power to shape his fate, according as his behavior exposes him to the influence of benevolent or of destructive forces. A thing to remember is this: When a man holds a high position and is nevertheless modest, he shines. He who requires much from himself and little from others could be secure from hatred.
Posted in Tao Te Ching, Zen, I Ching
Tagged fate, flowers, frog, garden, Health and Well-Being, Heaven, law, lotus flower, nature, Photo Galleries, pond, sun, the moon, wisdom
Nature’s Abstract Palette -13
“Don’t dwell upon colors to bring forth the mind; don’t dwell upon phenomena of sound, smell, taste or touch to bring forth the mind; dwell nowhere and bring forth the mind.”
“When the Ten Thousand
things are seen
in their Oneness
we return to the Origins
where we have always been.”
“The symbol is to express an idea and is to be discarded when the idea is understood. Words are to explain thoughts and ought to be silenced when the thoughts are already absorbed.”
Cherry Blossoms 2013
After just three sunny days and above seasonal temperatures Mother Nature presented us with glorious pink cherry blossoms. Metro is decked out in its finery with glorious Cherry blossoms.
My favorite place to view nature’s spectacle has to be High Park, the ever so slightly meandering path flanked on both sides by Cherry Blossoms leading the enthusiastic observer laden with cameras down to the pond. On the left side the low hillside provides many families with the opportunity to frolic or picnic. What could be better than to enjoying the slight breeze under the shade of blossoms, while resting on colorful blankets and watching the endless parade of children, pet dogs, baby carriages and men and women in colorful attire? The air is filled with the cacophony of cheerful laughter as the crowds make that slow trek down to the Pond. And it does not end there; you may follow the path alongside the pond observing the blossom laden trees against the blue sky with fluffy clouds or the glistening pond dotted with families of geese, swans and ducks.
This spring tradition should not be missed.
Posted in Photo Galleries, Traditions and Superstitions
Tagged Cherry Blossoms, colours, flowers, fun stuff, High Park, nature, outdoors, picnic, spring tradition, trees
In a typical urban setting our senses are treated to a vast array of ordered geometric excellence. The space is defined by repetitious horizontal and vertical lines, interspersed with reflective glass, gleaming metal, curved concrete, sandstone and red- brown brick. All of this leaves us in awe. At the foot of these colossal monuments which greedily impale the sky are the clogged arteries of people and traffic, the cacophony that is unique to each metropolis. Though this vast array of shapes sounds and empty spaces do not compare to pristine nature’s beauty, they have their own particular charm and magnetism.
Here’s a selection of pictures that demonstrate this:
Posted in Expressions And General Interests
Tagged Buildings, colossal monuments, gargoyles, high-rises, highway, metropolis, nature, photo, towers, transportation, Urban settings
BoSt Galleries Exhibit – Spring Flowers
Spring in New Hampshire
“Too green the springing April grass,
Too blue the silver-speckled sky,
For me to linger here, alas,
While happy winds go laughing by,
Wasting the golden hours indoors,
Washing windows and scrubbing floors.
Too wonderful the April night,
Too faintly sweet the first May flowers,
The stars too gloriously bright,
For me to spend the evening hours,
When fields are fresh and streams are leaping,
Wearied, exhausted, dully sleeping.”
By Claude McKay
The Year’s at the spring
“The year’s at the spring,
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hill-side’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in his Heaven—
All’s right with the world!”
By Robert Browning
“An earthen vase
held a bouquet
at the street corner
in the downtown
of the city, around
the corner, down the block
on the way to school
a bit of color
the urban tableau
reminding us of beauty
amidst the clutter
of daily life.”
By Raymond A. Foss
May 20, 2007
Posted in BoSt Art Galleries
Tagged Claude Mckay, colors, crocuses, cyclamen, daffodil, decor, hyacinth, narcissus, nature, Original Art, plants, poem, Raymond A. Foss, Robert Browning, spring bouquet, spring flowers