Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Out of the Silence... Everything Comes!

This morning Payton, our Golden Retriever, and I tried to leave the house in time to catch a beautiful sunrise. From the window the sky was vibrant with pink and golden hues shining through a few light fluffy clouds.  I wanted to capture the beauty with my camera, but being even less than a novice, the photo couldn't begin to depict our experience. Still, I wanted to post my first photo!

Payton loves his morning walks. Being in the present moment ~ alert, senses wide open, body vibrating in pure gladness ~ is what he does best! Whoever said dogs aren't enlightened obviously hasn't met Payton. We continued down the block until our attention awakened to a cacophony. We paused to listen to what seemed to be 100's of birds, all in one tree!

Their chirping caught our attention and even though it disturbed the morning quiet, it was not a disturbance.  It was simply unfolding, coming out of the Silence that holds the entire universe.  Wendell Berry says it so eloquently ~

Ask the world to reveal its quietude-
not the silence of machines when they are still,
but the true quiet by which songbirds,
trees, bellworts, snails, clouds, storms
become what they are, and are nothing else.

~ Wendell Berry ~

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