A Bow To Brother Sun

Kona Sunset by Janis Dehler
This morning I faced the south with
muted purple mountains of storm clouds.
To the north, clear blue skies.
To the west, puffs of violet grey
on cool blue air.
Finally, in the east, the sun climbed
higher in each breathing moment.

Turning to the east to Brother Sun, 
a welcome into my day with
gratitude for warmth, the smile
opening in my heart, the feeling
of energy and possibility with his presence.
Without him there would not be life,
only a cold and barren land.

In the steamy summer days,
I will wish him to hide himself
for a day or two as his brilliance
can be searing. For now, 
I offer welcome, be here now,
let me enjoy your company.
I hail you with open arms.

I bow to your ability to draw forth
the seed as it sprouts from the soil,
to turn every face in a field of 
sunflowers towards you, like a god 
worthy of the attention of all
and when you descend every face turns 
away, bowing towards earth.

You give life and you take it
drawing life up through the soil, 
then depleting moisture from all 
living cells. We heed you now with caution 
and our respect. You cannot stop 
what we in our foolishness have started.
We, destroyers of the balance you require.

The Sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.

Galileo Galilei

“I’ve found there is always some beauty left-in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.”

Anne Frank

“One challenge of living mindfully is to be in touch with the natural rhythms of our own life unfolding, even if at times we feel far from them or lost touch with them altogether and find we have to listen afresh for those inner cadences and callings, with great tenderness and respect.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Ongoing Resourse List

  • The Soul of Rumi, Translations by Coleman Barks
  • Keep Going by Joseph M. Marshall III
  • Arriving at your own Door by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
  • The Hidden Secrets of Water by Paolo Consigli
  • Conquest of Mind by Eknath Easwaran
  • Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay
  • Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) by Brene Brown
  • Practicing Peace in Times of War by Pema Chodron
  • When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
  • On Death and Dying by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Unattended Sorrow by Stephen Levine
  • Joy in Loving, Mother Theresa
  • The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
  • Let Your LIfe Speak by Parker Palmer
  • Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Essence of the Upanishads by Eknath Easwaran
  • Welcoming the Unwelcome by Pema Chodron
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through The Ways Of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson
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