Learning, Stories, Activities

Learning, Stories, Activities

The power of profound meaning is found in blue……………………… Blue is the ‘heavenly’ colour. The ultimate feeling it creates is one of rest. Supernatural rest, not the ‘earthly’ contentment of green. In music light blue is like a flute, darker blue, a cello; still darker blue, a thunderous double bass; and the darkest blue of all — an organ”.
Wassilly Kandinsky (1866 – 1944) – painter

 

Each day I am reborn. Each day I must begin again. I go to the piano, and I play two preludes and fugues of Bach. It is a sort of benediction on the house. It is a rediscovery of the world of which I have the joy of being a part. It fills me with awareness of the wonder of life, with a feeling of the incredible marvel of being a human being. Each day is something new, fantastic, unbelievable. That is Bach, like nature, a miracle!
Pablo Casals (1876 – 1973) – cellist

 

Across the morning sky, all the birds are leaving. How can they know that it’s time to go? Before the winter fire, I’ll still be dreaming. I do not count the time, Who knows where the time goes?
Nina Simone (1933 – 2003) – singer and songwriter

 

From pure sensation to the intuition of beauty…….. all the things that are fundamental to the human spirit, are most profoundly significant, can only be experienced, not expressed. The rest is always and everywhere silence. After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963) – writer

Together with proper eating……..is the practice of a very simple chant. The sound AAA vibrates in the body’s lower region (hara and stomach) the sound  UUU vibrates in the body’s middle region (heart and lungs) and the sound MMM vibrates in the head region. When you make these sounds together AAAUUUMMM repeating perhaps 20 times per day you can purify the entire spiritual channel.Sit in a relaxed position with your spine very straight – close the eyes, quiet the mind then practise long and slow with deep breath. Remain silent for a minute when you finish. Then clap your hands twice, sharply, and resume your activities.
Michio Kushi – lecture on “Order of the Universe” (1979)

“Global warming, acid rain, displaced populations, and deforestation are real. What does it take to wake up…..?”
Ed McGaa Eagle Man – “Native American Paths to Healing Ourselves and Our World” (1989)

How wise were the ancients who never lost sight of the religious significance of the earth! They used the land to the full, draining, ploughing, and manuring every inch, but their use was not an attack on its nature, nor was the ancient motherhood of earth ever forgotten in the breaking and preparing of the soil. They knew, as all honest people know in their bones, that in any true sense there is no such thing as ownership of the earth and that the shadow of any man is but for a time cast upon the grass of any field. What remains is the earth, the mother of life as the ancients personified the mystery;  the ancient mother in her robes of green or harvest gold and the sickle in her hand. When farming becomes purely utilitarian, something perishes. Sometimes it is the earth life which dies under this “stand and deliver” policy; sometimes it is the human beings who practice this economy, and oftenest of all it is a destruction of both land and man. If we are to live and have something to live for, let us remember, all of us, that we are the servants as well as the masters of our fields’.

‘There are three great elemental sounds in nature:  the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach. ‘Leaves fall, wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from summer cottons into its winter wools’. ‘Do no dishonour to the earth least you dishonour the spirit of Man’. 
Henry Beston (1888 – 1986) – writer

The more knowledge we acquire, the more mystery we find…..A human being is part of the whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest…a kind of optical illusion of his consciousness…………….our task must be by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty…………the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and foundation for inner security.
Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) – theoretical physicist

 

WHEN I AM AMONG THE TREESMary Oliver (1935 – 2019)

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”