Peace for your Path...

"peace. it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart." (unknown) http://www.labyrinthwellness.com

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Stories From Chartres Cathedral: Walking a Sacred Path with Veriditas

Stories From Chartres Cathedral: Walking a Sacred Path with Veriditas

Don't miss this week's episode!

measuring...

 
My son and his friend took a quick scientific measurement - two feet, nine inches. Wow! The skin is so very beautiful - soft and transparent. You can even see the impressions of where the snake's eyes were. Super cool stuff! (Can you tell I am a boy's mom???)

believing...

 
Gifts are all around us in nature.

shedding...



On our way back from our morning walk, Lily and I saw this beautiful snake skin to the side of our garage.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010

Monday, July 5, 2010

WILD WATERS PHOTO JOURNAL by Michael Patrick O'Neill


First, I must provide a brief disclosure to this book review:

I confess that I have been a Michael Patrick O'Neill fan since moving to South Florida and discovering this local artist/author's beautifully photographed children's books for sale in The Marinelife Center of Juno Beach's gift shop. My son was much younger then, and together we attended one of the author's summer educational lectures at our public library where Mr. O'Neill was kind enough to autograph all three of our copies of his "Let's Explore" book series.

However, with all that personal background information aside, I can quite objectively and most truthfully say that his newest book, WILD WATERS PHOTO JOURNAL, is a complete work of art and my very  favorite title yet.


Michael Patrick O'Neill set off on a two-year quest to highlight the threats facing some of our planet's most precious ecosystems. His passionate journey graces his reader with a rare, underwater view of oceans, rivers and streams located in Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil and the United States. Spectacular coral reefs, great white sharks, leatherback sea turtles, whale sharks, moray eels, rays, sea horses, horseshoe crabs, tropical fish, manatees and alligators are among just a few of the miraculous creatures featured on the pages in vibrant color.


Interspersed with these breathtaking pictures of marine life in their natural habitats are equally heart-stopping images of contaminated reefs, dead sea turtles, and bundles of floating litter. Many of the most distressing of these photos were taken right here in northern Palm Beach County. Reckless human activity in our local ocean waters and elsewhere in the world threaten to forever destroy precious Life which is impossible to replace.


Award winning author, Carl Safina, wrote the foreword for the book. He names the very troubling human passivity toward defending "the wild and special places in and around our homes" and asks:
"How to respond? First, to see. That's what this book is largely about. Once our eyes are open, or while we spend our lives trying to better and better see, we may - and should let ourselves - fall in love. And then, what? We too often lose what we love because we let our love be passive. We must voice our love. We must defend our love with the realization that we are all part of one family of life. We must defend our family."
And that is precisely why this is an incredibly important book for all ages. Parents can share it with their kids to spark important discussions within the family about water conservation and personal environmental responsibility. Adults will become inspired to get active in their own communities and find new ways to support and protect their local waters.


Visit the Batfish Books website today to learn more about WILD WATERS PHOTO JOURNAL and view more of Michael Patrick O'Neill's nature photography or click on this direct link to order the book:
http://batfishbooks.com/wildwatersphotojournal.html

Open your eyes to the underwater beauty of our planet and please (please) - help others to see the beauty and fragility of our Oceans as well - before it is too late....

Peace for your Path,
Robin

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Sting Reigns Supreme

Sting Reigns Supreme (One more great review of his concert)

OK, no more posts about last night's Sting concert. I am still just so happy! (Well, maybe just ONE more as these lyrics sing Faith to me - not faith in Sting, of course, or even in the love of any human person - but rather my faith in Jesus Christ).

Music heals....


WHENEVER I SAY YOUR NAME

Whenever I say your name, whenever I call to mind your face
Whatever bread's in my mouth, whatever the sweetest wine that I taste
Whenever your memory feeds my soul, whatever got broken becomes whole
Whenever I'm filled with doubts that we will be together

Wherever I lay me down, wherever I put my head to sleep
Whenever I hurt and cry, whenever I got to lie awake and weep
Whenever I kneel to pray, whenever I need to find a way
I'm calling out your name

Whenever those dark clouds hide the moon
Whenever this world has gotten so strange
I know that something's gonna change
Something's gonna change

Whenever I say your name, Whenever I say your name, I'm already praying, I'm already praying
I'm already filled with a joy that I can't explain
Wherever I lay me down, wherever I rest my weary head to sleep
Whenever I hurt and cry, whenever I got to lie awake and weep
Whenever I'm on the floor
Whatever it was that I believed before
Whenever I say your name, whenever I say it loud, I'm already praying

Whenever this world has got me down, whenever I she'd a tear
Whenever the TV makes me mad, whenever I'm paralyzed with fear
Whenever those dark clouds fill the sky, whenever I lose the reason why
Whenever I'm filled with doubts that we will be together

Whenever the sun refuse to shine, whenever the skies are pouring rain
Whatever I lost I thought was mine whenever I close my eyes in pain
Whenever I kneel to pray, whenever I need to find a way
I'm calling out your name

Whenever this dark begins to fall
Whenever I'm vulnerable and small
Whenever I feel like I could die
Whenever I'm holding back the tears that I cry

Whenever I say your name, whenever I call to mind your face
I'm already praying
Whatever bread's in my mouth, whatever the sweetest wine that I taste
Wherever I lay me down, wherever I rest my weary head to sleep
Whenever I hurt and cry, whenever I'm forced to lie awake and have to weep
Whenever I'm on the floor
Whatever it was that I believed before
Whenever I say your name, whenever I say it loud, I'm already praying

Whenever I say your name,
No matter how long it takes,
One day we'll be together

Whenever I say your name,
Let there be no mistake
That day will last forever

More lyrics: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/s/sting/#share

I Was Brought To My Senses - Sting



At the conclusion of last night's concert, Sting sang just the first three stanzas of this song a capella (just like in this recording only even BETTER). It was amazing....

Sting brings the orchestra to Cruzan, finds success, swoons

Sting brings the orchestra to Cruzan, finds success, swoons

I am just amazed by his talent and that of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. A great night....

The lyrics to his final encore song (sung a capella)
I WAS BROUGHT TO MY SENSES

Alone with my thoughts this evening
I walked on the banks of Tyne
I wondered how I could win you
Or if I could make you mine
Or if I could make you mine

The wind it was so insistent
With tales of a stormy south
But when I spied two birds in a sycamore tree
There came a dryness in my mouth
Came a dryness in my mouth

For then without rhyme or reason
The two birds did rise up to fly
And where the two birds were flying
I swear I saw you and I
I swear I saw you and I

I walked out this morning
It was like a veil had been removed from before my eyes
For the first time I saw the work of heaven
In the line where the hills had been married to the sky
And all around me
Every blade of singing grass
Was calling out your name
And that our love would always last
And inside every turning leaf
Is the pattern of an older tree
The shape of our future
The shape of all our history
And out of the confusion
Where the river meets the sea
Came things I'd never seen
Things I'd never seen

I was brought to my senses
I was blind but now that I can see
Every signpost in nature
Said you belong to me

I know it's true
It's written in a sky as blue
As blue as your eyes
As blue as your eyes
If nature's red in tooth and claw
Like winter's freeze and summer's thaw
The wounds she gave me
Were the wounds that would heal me
And we'd be like the moon and sun
And when our courtly dance had run
Its course across the sky
Then together we would lie
And out of the confusion
Where the river meets the sea
Something new would arrive
Something better would arrive

I was brought to my senses
I was blind but now that I can see
Every signpost in nature
Said you belong to me
I was brought to my senses
I was blind but now that I can see
Every signpost in nature
Said you belong to me...

More lyrics: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/s/sting/#share


Though this song was written by Sting in memory of his father, it also makes a beautiful #OceanPrayer:


WHY SHOULD I CRY FOR YOU

Under the dog star sail
Over the reefs of moonshine
Under the skies of fall
North, north west, the Stones of Faroe

Under the Arctic fire
Over the seas of silence
Hauling on frozen ropes
For all my days remaining
But would north be true?

All colours bleed to red
Asleep on the ocean's bed
Drifting on empty seas
For all my days remaining

But would north be true?
Why should I?
Why should I cry for you?
Dark angels follow me
Over a godless sea
Mountains of endless falling,
For all my days remaining,

What would be true?

Sometimes I see your face,
The stars seem to lose their place
Why must I think of you?
Why must I?
Why should I?
Why should I cry for you?
Why would you want me to?
And what would it mean to say,
That, "I loved you in my fashion"?

What would be true?
Why should I?
Why should I cry for you?

More lyrics: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/s/sting/#share

Friday, July 2, 2010

Sting!!!!!

Loving this concert tonight....
Set list:
If I Ever Lose My Faith In You
Englishman In New York
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Roxanne
Straight to My Heart
When We Dance
Russians
I Hung My Head
Shape Of My Heart
Why Should I Cry For You?
Whenever I Say Your Name
Fields of Gold
Next To You
A Thousand Years
Tomorrow We’ll See
Moon Over Bourbon Street
The End of the Game
You Will Be My Ain True Love
All Would Envy
Mad About You
King of Pain
Every Breath You Take

Encore
Desert Rose
She’s Too Good For Me
Fragile
I Was Brought To My Senses (a capella)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

welcome to the Morikami

enter

all nature is beauty

breathe peace

turtles and fish

bonsai forest

bonsai love

return

benches and bamboo

shady path

zen

May peace reign in the world...

sacred circle

Morikami morning