Sunday, March 20, 2011
The Beautiful Mystery of Cycles and Seasons.
Just now my garden is filled with wonderful delicate flowers,the leaves swept from the lawn and flower beds, the earth rich, brown and malleable. From my window I see masses of yellow forsythia, pink and white cherry blossoms and those exquisite tiny tender green leaves beginning to burst forth and race along the stark and solemn winter branches. Yesterday, I saw a beautiful bright yellow Brimstone butterfly. Today, a Peacock butterfly. In ancient Greek the butterfly was called Psyche, or Soul. Butterflies . . . souls freed from their earthy chrysalis prison, darting about. Persephone is allowed out of Hades and the realms of her dark, forbidding lord. She's dancing everywhere and flowers spring up around her feet.
Human history also follows cycles and in the same way, nothing is ever quite a repetition but always a unique, ever changing statement of something that always remains the same. Wars, floods, plagues, times of plenty and times of deprivation have been with us since biblical times. Yet we always marvel as if they have never occurred before.
- My home is my retreat and resting place from the wars: I try to keep this corner as a haven against the tempest outside, as I do another corner of my soul. Michelle de Montaigne
- Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony: Mahatma Gandhi
- Friends are people you can be quiet with. Anon.