Deep Peaceful Summer Reflections

 

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.  ~ Mother Teresa

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~  Lao Tzu

Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. ~ John Muir

Now he walks in quiet solitude the forest and the streams
Seeking grace in every step he takes . . .   ~ John Denver 

In the viridian depths of the forest we find solace.  In the quiet reflection of  jade-dark, slow-moving streams there is peaceful contentment. The jewel tones of the plants and flowers are mirrored  – jade, beryl, ruby, amethyst, emerald, and pearl – colorful little surprises. There is no sense of past or future – only the Dream Time; only the Now.  The rain patters softly on the surface of the water, or the sun dazzles and dances across it.  Clouds create depth and shadow.  The water and the forest watch.  They are ours to rejoice in.  Tomorrow, all will change.  The beauty will remain for us to see. The serenity inside,  for us to feel.  We take it with us when we go.  ~ Donna Erickson

 

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15 thoughts on “Deep Peaceful Summer Reflections

  1. Great quotes. And the images… where did they come from! I absolutely love them; they’re not the usual sunsets, beaches or mountains which might normally accompany such messages. I love an intricate riverbed or forest with secrets and tiny things of beauty over an epic landscape.

    • Thank you! I took these photos by a stream on Route 9 in New Hampshire. You articulated what I was trying to capture beautifully. Sunsets and oceans and mountains are majestic and beautiful, but so are the woods and streams, in those tinier ways. Thanks for writing! Best, Donna

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