Sunday, September 11, 2011

Let Us Build Altars

Three Bee Hives, by Michelle of United Thread

"Let us build altars to the Blessed Unity which holds nature and souls in perfect solution, and compels every atom to serve an universal end. . . . "

Chickadees and Avocado Tree, by Michelle of United Thread

" . . . Let us build altars to the Beautiful Necessity, which secures that all is made of one piece; that plaintiff and defendant, friend and enemy, animal and planet, food and eater, are of one kind."
    —"Fate," by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poppy Pods, by Michelle of United Thread

I've been thinking about altars as mindful collections lately. While I was thinking about what sorts of things would be on my altar, I realized that I've already started one, with the surprises found on my daily walks—egg shells, a bit of a bee hive, a beautiful black-and-white moth . . . The fragile gifts of life are all around, it seems.

1 comment:

  1. I think your "altars" are even more fitting to the blessings of nature, surprises, and the odd felicities of life. Little collections of things found fortuitously seem to affirm the chance and beauty of life just as much as churches and high art.

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