I love the way the rain cleans the air and the trees and bushes so that everything looks bright and colorful. This how things should look. And, I love that rain brings mushrooms. This gift might be what I secretly love most about the rain.
We don’t get rain very often here in Southern California so, as soon as the rain stops, we frantically set off into our wild spaces to find fungi. I ‘lichen’ (get it?) myself a little to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Alma as I go off in search of mushrooms. I get quite giddy at the prospect.
The forest was awash with mushrooms today. There were so many and so many dazzling different varieties. The woods were, quite literally, enchanted today.
One day, when I have all the time in the world (and miss my little munchkins with all of my heart) I’m going to learn the names of all the mushrooms I can find. I’m going to become a mushroom expert and travel the world in search of the world’s most delightful fungi. When this comes to pass, I’ll come back to this page and name each of these magnificent specimens. And, by all means, if you know the names of some of these beauties, please start my fungi education by naming them the comments.
Can you spot the fairy washing line on the moss stalks?Magic mushrooms indeed!
The impossibly fragile grey mushroom (the last photos) is my favorite. It’s like nature’s lace.
Welcome, July, the month of Summer. The month of watermelon and popsicles. The month of dips in the lagoon, cooling off in the sprinkler and long, balmy evenings. Welcome, July, the month of being with my children all-day-long and hearing their laughter, and mine, filling the house. Welcome, July, the month of fairy gardens, bees and butterflies. Welcome, July. We are looking forward to unwrapping the gifts you have in store for us. We have been filled with worry but now we set that aside and welcome your sunshine into our days.
I have been doing a lot of inner work. Work to help me set aside recent disappointments and fear. Work to help me see through a challenging time and to visualize and realize the gifts that lie ahead. Our spirits and goodness can’t be shackled unless we allow them to be.
Along with this inner work, I have been trying to see the miracles that are so abundant all around me. Miracles like sparkling dew on a summer’s morning.
Here are some of my recent photos that reveal this particular miracle… sparkling orbs of rainbow joy. And, accompanying them, are beautiful quotes from a master of understanding miracles, Tich Nhat Hanh.
“Around us, life bursts with miracles–a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.”
“My actions are my only true belongings.”
“I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live.”
“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.”
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
“When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.”
“If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence”
“When we walk like (we are rushing), we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth… Be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.”
“I am determined to practice deep listening. I am determined to practice loving speech.”
“At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.”
“When you begin to see that your enemy is suffering, that is the beginning of insight.”