All Posts Tagged ‘Wildflowers

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Not too many tears, dear

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Not too many tears
dear
be ever shed for Nature
that dies

Not too many tears
dear
trickle down from faces
not sky

Not too many tears
ever flood away
from smiling faces
in stores shopping

Not too many dry eyes see
there be fewer bees and
honey
in the ending of the begin

They say not enough concrete
to cover all da prairie fields
but Mr.
Progress be working on it

 

 

Prairie Trillium Wildflower, Illinois. These low-ground plants grow very slowly and they take around 10 years to mature enough to flower. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

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Getting “Better” Over Time

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Getting better through time.  What does that entail?  One may get “better” physically, with getting a more appealing job, a “better” house, an environmentally “better” car, “better” health, or “better” food.  Getting better physically has its place.  Psychologically, we think we get “better” by, perhaps, being more generous, more kindhearted, more honest, and/or happier.  A number of people think that things will be “better” in a future heaven that they imagine or cling to, promised by past traditions, past cultural-social inheritances.

These cravings and desires, concerning the future, that people have, if examined deeply and not merely superficially, are all extensions of thought and conditioning.  Physical “betters” are one (frequently necessary) thing, but our psychological “betters” are often a postponement; they are not the actuality of what is really taking place at the moment.  You are lying now but, regarding the imagined future, protrusions of thought/thinking maintain that “fewer lies will be told”; such a psychological “better” is often a form of hypocrisy or pretense.  “Eventually, I won’t lie so much.”  (Additionally, such psychological “betters” feed the misconception that, for instance, one is — at a distance — psychologically separate from what the lying actually is.)  Past education (or miseducation), social interactions, and suggestions/behaviors observed from elders (over time) have largely influenced us regarding our (psychological) “betters.”  In actuality, is one really separate from what the lying is (while lies are told)?  (We separate ourselves from the lying — in the present — and then are projections of thought — from the stored memory bank — about some improved future.)  Projections about the future always stem from (and consist of) thought/thinking.  This thought/thinking is conditioned and is primarily what most people habitually consist of (and actually are).  It is essentially the “past” (as past accumulated thought) that is reformulating.  To dwell as a lot of “craving things about the future” is to, in reality, be living in the past.  Past images (from the stuffy memory bank) formulate what is craved.  However, “living” in the past is a rather inefficient way of putting it; dwelling often as extensions from the past is not really living whatsoever.

It is what we are now (in the true present) that is important.  This does not mean that one just self-indulgently fixates on all kinds of pleasurable things; conditioned cravings (from the tainted past) and misconceptions can infiltrate and distort the true now and holistic compassion; real order, real insight, is instantaneous, holistic, and timeless.   Real wisdom sees the present as it is (without distortion) and, with that, real learning and understanding take place.  The stale past and the projected future — that “future,” which is really an extension from the (mental) accumulated past — have their place, but far too many people get enmeshed in the two and do not live in the beauty and flame of the one.   Instead, many dwell in (i.e., “as”) the residual smoke.

One last note:  This planet (this life) may not merely be a stepping stone to something better.  This is it.  This is it.

 

 

Woodland Wildflower with small, young Ladybug. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

 

 

 

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We need to change our ways but many won’t… and the weather is getting more and more erratic…

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It’s a shame that 
others species also
have to suffer
the dire consequences
of global warming and man’s pollution.

When i was a kid,
i realized that, in the future,
we would — in ignorance — 
be fueling our own hell.

 

Tiny Jewelweed Wildflower … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

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Of Atheists, Agnostics, Church-goers, Philosophers, and Maytag Repairmen

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How important is it to perceive deeply in life?  (Have you ever asked yourself that question?)  Is the essence of all life and existence rather meaningless and superficial, such that no matter how deeply one perceives, it (i.e. such perception) may be essentially a waste of energy in the long run?  Could it be that there is something in life that is immensely profound, such that looking deeply allows great, eternal treasures to manifest and blossom?

A broken mind, a mind crippled by such things as bad dietary habits, poor sleep, and by propaganda media designed to mold minds (for ulterior reasons), of course, would not be able to look deeply (if true depth really exists in the first place).  It would likely be content with living a superficial, second-hand life that would accept within the limits of that superficiality (though, to it, such superficiality would seem plenty deep enough).  Through miseducation, stagnation is often learned, absorbed, clung to, and cherished.

To go through life merely believing in something without ever having actually perceived it (without delusion) is a tragic thing.   A belief that something does not exist, (without ever having perceived wholly), is an equally tragic thing.   Both are — despite people arguing otherwise — empty acceptances.   Stagnant minds cannot perceive because they have been shaped and molded by other minds that (also) are limited.  Minds can change, however; the mind is a dynamic and wonderful thing (if real care is taken).   Stagnation can end.  Contamination can end.

There are plenty of gullible people deluding themselves (and others) about having had experienced something profound or “otherworldly.”  However, i would suggest waking up and discovering and passionately finding out for yourself.   Look with every fiber of energy that you have.  No one else is going to do it for you; that is for sure!  How critical, how important is this “discovering and passionately finding out (for ourselves)” in our lives?   Personally, i feel that it has profoundly immense and eternal consequences.   Of course, there might be a chance that i am very wrong, but find out; there may be real magic out there!

 


[Note:  Marla is out of the hospital — after her fourth reconstructive shoulder surgery — and is doing well.  I am acting as her nurse and am helping her with enteral feedings and other medical-oriented things.  She is calling me “Nurse Matilda”!   🙂   ]

Miniature Wildflower – Purple Deadnettle (3/4ths of an inch long total for full arrangement)… Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

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When Truly One with Nature…

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When you reach out to others
you are reaching out to yourself

When you help beautiful nature
you are healthfully curing yourself

When you reach out to the lost
you are finding you’re found

When truly one with nature
you are color and sound

 

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[Note:  My wonderful wife, Marla, will soon again be having major shoulder surgery — for the fourth time on her problematic shoulder — and i may not be able to reply to my blog (or visit other people’s blogs for a while when that happens); my postings are all prescheduled, so they will continue to appear, only i will not be available to comment on them;please keep this in mind.  Thank you!!!]

 

Reaching Out to Yourself … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

 

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Blossoming Beyond Separation…

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We were miseducated to look with separation.  For eons, we have looked from (and “as”) separation.  For eons, we have looked from (and “as”) separative beliefs.  Beyond empty, limited separation is wholeness, beauty, and full compassion.  One of the attributes of limited, learned separation is indifference.  Many people have (and “actually are”) cold indifference; many people’s minds are based upon the acceptance of separation; they look from (and “as”) separation.   It’s easy for cold indifference to point a gun at what it considers to be “others who are separate from oneself.”  It is easy for cold indifference to look the other way and not help.  If the essence of your consciousness is based on separation — as most are, these violent days — then you will go on in the old ways, old habits, and old mundane routines.  

There is a profound reality of wholeness with its natural integrity of real beauty.  It cannot be touched by what is distorted and corrupt.  Separative beliefs can never be one with it.  Its beauty is beyond the learnable, beyond the merely absorbed.  Profound goodness is not the mere opposite of the bad.  There is a wholeness that is beyond the opposites and beyond measure.  

 

 

 

Blossoming Beyond Separation … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

 

 

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Spring Beauty

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Spring Beauty
you are always
(timelessly there)
and so amazingly new
in your selfless sharing

You help make the woodlands
simply magical
Your fragility
transcends transience
with joyous eternity

 

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[Note:   The common name for this Illinois woodland wildflower is Spring Beauty.  The entire width of the flower is less than 1/2 inch (around one centimeter wide).  This wildflower is still rather common throughout Illinois.  It, fortunately, can survive more environmental disruption than most wildflowers.  Its eternal essence has nothing to do with its persistence in Illinois or elsewhere.]

 

Spring Beauty … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019