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“You understand so little of what is around you because you do not use what is within you.” *

Our final reflection in a twenty part series.  Click here to listen:


‘The true Trinity in true unity’’. Hildegard of Bingen. Date: c.1165. (Source: WikiArt)


*Hildegard of Bingen, Scivias 1.2.29. Translation by Avis Clendenen

Finale Update

Hello friends,

I’ll be recording our finale this Tuesday. Sorry for the continued delay, but we’ll meet for certain this Tuesday.

Thanks for your understanding.  For today, I offer this excerpt from the poet John O’Donohue’s  book, “Beauty: The Invisible Embrace”.

The book is worth your time and imaginative exploration, but it reveals itself best through slow and deliberate contemplation, as this snippet suggests:

“When you take the time to draw on your listening-imagination, you will begin to hear this gentle voice at the heart of your life. It is deeper and surer than all the other voices of disappointment, unease, self-criticism and bleakness. All holiness is about learning to hear the voice of your own soul. It is always there and the more deeply you learn to listen, the greater surprises and discoveries that will unfold. To enter into the gentleness of your own soul changes the tone and quality of your life. Your life is no longer consumed by hunger for the next event, experience or achievement. You learn to come down from the treadmill and walk on the earth. You gain a new respect for yourself and others and you learn to see how wonderfully precious this one life is. You begin to see through the enchanting veils of illusion that you had taken for reality. You no longer squander yourself on things and situations that deplete your essence. You know now that your true source is not outside you. Your soul is your true source and a new energy and passion awakens in you.”

And here is a flower from my borage plant, because it’s so pretty that it’s worth a minute to pause.

Borage Flower. 2020 © Julia Haris


peace — jh


Hello everyone,

Several overlapping issues dictate postponing our series finale, hopefully no later than Tuesday — but perhaps next Saturday.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this:


“To be great, be whole;
Exclude nothing, exaggerate nothing that is not you.
Be whole in everything. Put all you are
Into the smallest thing you do.
So, in each lake, the moon shines with splendor
Because it blooms up above.”
Fernando Pessoa, Poems of Fernando Pessoa 


Until next time, peace.


Into Summer 2020 © Julia Haris







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The next to last entry in a twenty-part series. To listen, click here:


Pollinated Squash Blossom 2020 © Julia Haris

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We’re going within and beyond for our final three entries.

Number eighteen in a twenty part series. Click here to listen:

Original photo free to use. ‘Neowise’ by  Haiming Xiao.  Open source photo from Unsplash.com. Edited in Photoshop Express.


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The gift of writing is to be self-forgetful, to get a surge of inner life or inner supply or unexpected sense of empowerment, to be afloat, to be out of yourself. —  Seamus Heaney

To create a work of art is to create the world. — Wassily Kandinsky


Number seventeen in a twenty part series.  Click here to listen:

Anise Hyssop (Hummingbird Mint) In The Garden 2020 © Julia Haris


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Number sixteen in a twenty part series.

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Original photo by Paweł Czerwiński — free to use from Unsplash.com . Edited in Photoshop Express.

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Our fifteenth in a twenty part series. To listen, click here:

Season’s First Wild Bergamot Blossom   2020 © Julia Haris

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“Blessing wants to land somewhere, to locate a body and go to work.’—  Lia Purpura 


Our fourteenth in a twenty part series. Click here to listen:


Lettuce Pray With A Friend 2020 © Julia Haris


This week’s recommended links:

Essay at Emergence.com: The Creatures of the World Have Not Been Chastened by Lia Purpura

Poem on Gratefulness.org:  Where We Are Headed by Rosemary Wahtola Trommer

StephenMitchell.com || Tao Te Ching

whol(ē)ness XIII

“How do you fix a place, a problem, a person—anything at all?

By rejecting the bad and embracing the good.

If so, you have two possible strategies:

You could focus on all that is bad, ugly and diseased, scraping it away and chasing it out, so that eventually all that’s left is pure and healthy.

Or you could focus on whatever is still healthy and functional, embracing it, fortifying it and using it for its true purpose, so that eventually the dark crust in which it was imprisoned simply falls away.

Certainly, both strategies are necessary, and both have their time and place. But where do you begin?

It depends. When the human soul shines bright and strong, with just a few details out of place—then you can focus on discarding whatever bad remains.

But when everything is a mess, when the soul lies in a deep coma, when darkness rules in every cell—then to attack the disease head-on could prove fatal. Then you have no choice but to seek out the precious sparks of life that have survived.

Those are the most precious jewels, those hidden at the bottom of a dark mine.”

— Rabbi Tzvi Freeman


Our thirteenth installment in a twenty part series. Click here to listen:


Free to use photo  by Timothy Eberly at Unsplash.com