People usually consider
walking on water
or in thin air a miracle.
But I think the real miracle
is not to walk either
on water or in thin air,
but to walk on earth.
Every day we are
engaged in a miracle
which we don’t even
recognize: a blue sky,
white clouds, green leaves,
the black, curious eyes of a child–
our own two eyes.
All is a miracle.
~Thich Nhat Hanh
It’s a misty wet afternoon here at Wolf Creek. Trees, creek and cool drops beckon one to explore the delights of nature in her mantle of changing season and soft fragrant earth.
For the Celtic people of ancient Ireland, the natural world was a continuous prayer. Each mountain held a soul, each river a heart.
We are indeed surrounded by miracles all around and within us. Wonder is what makes us Divine.
Have you ever placed your hand on the velvet, brilliant green surface of moss wet from nature’s bath? The sensual delight is akin to making love.
Every single footstep falls softly sinking in on a forest path soggy and erotically fragrant with the aliveness of earth, pine needles and fallen leaves – with the whispering breath of trees and the never silent soothing sound of water slipping upon rock.
Sense into the communication beneath the soil as the intimate connection of organisms and roots wisely bring in the perfect amount of water and nourishment needed for each tree on behalf of the individual, and the community.
If you are very, very quiet and open wide your receptivity you can hear the communing…. and perhaps the soft step of an indigenous Maidu elder upon the path who’s being lingers to savor the pleasures of home.
Miracles. Somehow I have traveled through 68 years of life without opening a pomegranate. This sacred, nourishing and filled with antioxidants and other healing properties fruit completely took me by surprise. I thought perhaps my neighbors could hear me when I first cracked one open.
An offering from nature of beauty, nourishment and miracle of construction. The brilliant deep dark red of the seeds (arils) each nestled in their own private little pocket took my breath away……and at the same time had breath enough to exclaim rather loudly – Oh my God!
Each and every part of the natural world holds mysteries to be explored with gratitude and a deep sense of the Divine in action. Sanctuary for the soul.
Art constantly evolving and creating if we will only stop for some moments here and there, along the path of life, to pause in absolute wonder….to say a prayer of gratitude for all that we are given.
Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Bark (From Life Changing Foods by Anthony William)
10 ozs bittersweet chocolate chips (At least 60% cacao and organic)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cups pure organic maple syrup
2 cups pomegranate seeds
Stir the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat until the mixture is melted and combined. Add the maple syrup. Spread an even layer of melted chocolate on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Press the pomegranate seeds firmly into the chocolate layer. Place in the freezer and allow to set for at least 30 minutes. Break apart and enjoy!!
TIP: Messy it can be (wear old clothes or an apron when cutting one open and be prepared to clean the walls, counter top and your face :-). Life and creativity at it’s best.! Instructions on how to cut a pomegranate: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Cut-a-Pomegranate/
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