The Power of a Word
There is a story told that once a Sufi was healing a child that was ill.
He was repeating a few words, and then gave the child to the parents saying,
“Now he will be well.”
Someone who was antagonistic to this said to him,
“How can it be possible that by a few words spoken, anyone can be healed?”
From a mild Sufi an angry answer is never expected,
but this time he turned to the man and said,
“You understand nothing about it. You are a fool.”
The man was very much offended. His face was red. He was hot.
The Sufi said, “when a word has the power to make you hot and angry,
why should not a word have the power to heal?”
Hazrat Inayat Khan
by Duncan Campbell Scott
Those we have loved the dearest,
The bravest and the best,
Are summoned from the battle
To their eternal rest;
There they endure the silence,
Here we endure the pain—
He that bestows the Valor
Valor resumes again.
O, Master of all Being,
Donor of Day and Night,
Of Passion and of Beauty,
Of Sorrow and Delight,
Thou gav’st them the full treasure
Of that heroic blend—
The Pride, the Faith, the Courage,
That holdeth to the end.
Thou gavest us the Knowledge
Wherein their memories stir—
Master of Life, we thank Thee
That they were what they were.
Love – Two hearts are intertwined, signifying eternal harmony and unity.
Wisdom – The intertwining represents working through, evaluating,
discerning and resolving — finding a pearl of wisdom in our center.
Release – Spiraling up and letting go, working through
and bringing to the surface things we need to release.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted
The best quote for this theme is “my favorite place is in the arms of a loved one”, but Powell Gardens in the photo above is close. Especially when spring is blooming with azaleas, crocus, daffodils, forsythia, hyacinth, peonies, quince, dogwoods, redbuds, magnolias, tulips, and wisteria.
Later in the season there’s Unity Village's rose garden where there’s an abundance and variety of roses amongst the fountains and Mediterranean architecture. Another favorite.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Favorite Place
“Order is the shape upon which beauty depends.” — Pearl S. Buck
“Order is a lovely thing; on disarray it lays its wing, teaching simplicity to sing.” — Anna Branch
Weekly Photo Challenge: Order
“The mother art is architecture.
Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” — Frank Lloyd Wright