"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." (Carl Jung)
Under the Cherokee Moon

 

 

January - Month of the Cold Moon

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I Recommend and Use

On The Nightstand
  • Blue Horses: Poems
    Blue Horses: Poems
    by Mary Oliver
  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
    Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
    by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Sacred Wilderness
    Sacred Wilderness
    by Susan Power
  • The Secret Wisdom of the Earth
    The Secret Wisdom of the Earth
    by Christopher Scotton
Sunday
Feb082015

The Need to Read

  


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” 

 

 
― Dr. SeussI Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Since my eyesight has become so very compromised, I haven't been able to read as much as I would like over the past year or so. I have a library full of literally thousands of wonderful books, but the text is usually too small for me to handle.


Enter a new router that works together with our sattelite internet, and I'm finally back in business with my Kindle; and what a treat to discover Amazons' unlimited plan. I'm downloading books and reading them as fast as I can. Only voracious readers can really understand the need to read. I've had it my entire life.

One of the last text books I read was 'Braiding Sweetgrass' by author and biologist Robin Wall Klimmerer. Even though I had to use a magnifying glass, I think I read the entire book in 3 days. I made a connection to the author immediately. 

Even though I highlighted much text in the book,  I'm re-reading it again on the Kindle because it struck a chord on so many deep levels. Right off the bat. She begins by sharing the traditional story of Skywoman. . Like most traditional stories, Skywoman is one star in a constellation of teachings. Traditional peoples did not have 'commandments' or rules, rather a compass of sorts for living. They provide an orientation, but not a map. Robin says so eloquently "The work of living is creating that map for yourself'. I fell into this way of being so easily with my traditional relatives and I still do. When I read any book that resonates this deeply, I can't help but open the pages again and again because I always miss something. Those 'somethings' have carried me though some very difficult challenges.

Throughout my health struggles, I have learned over and over again to never take anything for granted and I'm truly grateful for the technology that brings treasured books, old and new, into my home in a format that works for me.  I have been a bit removed from the world for a very long time but reading always, always, keeps me connected. One cannot put a price on that.

Monday
Feb022015

Our Journey

We're all just walking each other home.”
― Ram Dass
Thursday
Jan012015

Dark Wings

'To go in the dark with a light is to know the light. 
To know the dark, go dark. 
Go without sight, and find that the dark, too, 
blooms and sings, and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.' 
 
~ Wendell Berry
Saturday
Dec272014

Happiness

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” 

  Charles M. Schulz
Sunday
Dec142014

Dreaming of a White Christmas

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ” 
 
― Norman Vincent Peale
Sunday
Nov162014

Do Stones Feel?

 

Do stones feel?

Do they love their life?

Or does their patience drown out everything else?

 

While I walk on the beach I gather a few

white ones, dark ones, the multiple colors.

Don't worry, I say, I'll bring you back, and I do.

 

Is the tree as it rises delighted with its many

branches,

each one like a poem?

 

Are the clouds glad to unburden their bundles of rain?

 

Most of the world says no, no, it's not possible.

 

I refuse to think to such a conclusion.

To terrible it would be, to be wrong.

 

(Mary Oliver, Blue Horses)