Intention IV

Source: NASA/Bill Dunford
Published: February 28, 2019
Historical Date: February 27, 2019
Jupiter’s moons and mountainside
A waning crescent Moon, lost in haze, rises over the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City on Feb. 27, 2019. The planet Jupiter can be seen nearby, along with three of its largest moons. From left to right, they are: Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. Jupiter’s moon Io is also included within the frame, but at this scale is lost in the giant planet’s glare.  Source: NASA

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It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect.” —Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

Intention III

”In the beginner’s mind there is no thought ‘I have attained something.’ All self-centered thoughts limit our vast mind. When we have no thought of achievement, no thought of self, we are true beginners. Then we can really learn something. The beginner’s mind is the mind of compassion. When our mind is compassionate, it is boundless.”


I like these words. Also very important for Advent. Open, free, flexible, receptive. That is the attitude that makes us ready. I realize that in Zen you are not expecting anything or anyone. Still, it seems that all the things Shunryu Suzuki tells his students are important for Christians to hear and realize. Isn’t a beginner’s mind, a mind without the thought “I have attained something,” a mind opened for grace? Isn’t that the mind of children who marvel at all they see? Isn’t that the mind not filled with worries for tomorrow but alert and awake in the present moment?         — Henri Nouwen


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Beginner’s Mind

‘You Are the Beloved: Daily Meditations for Spiritual Living,’ contemplative excerpts from the writings of Henri Nouwen (affiliate link)

Intention II

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“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” — Lao Tzu

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Into Winter

From “Listening To Your Life: Daily Meditations With Frederick Buechner” published by HarperOne

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Autumn Meditation

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Tao Te Ching translation by Stephen Michell,

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Autumn (detail) 2019 © Julia Haris

Autumn 2019 © Julia Haris

Autumn 2019 © Julia Haris



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I Celebrate Myself.

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Each life converges to some centre

Each life converges to some centre
Expressed or still;
Exists in every human nature
A goal,Admitted scarcely to itself, it may be,
Too fair
For credibility’s temerity
To dare.Adored with caution, as a brittle heaven,
To reach
Were hopeless as the rainbow’s raiment
To touch,Yet persevered toward, surer for the distance;
How high
Unto the saints’ slow diligence
The sky!

Ungained, it may be, by a life’s low venture,
But then,
Eternity enables the endeavoring
Again.  — Emily Dickinson


“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”  – Toni Morrison

Zen Bench In Maine  2017  @ Julia Haris

‘Freedom” recorded reflection:


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