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Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

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Photo by Mindy Weber.  Thank you, dear Mindy, for a week of photos and your favorite quotes. They are beautiful and soul-feeding, and I’m so grateful!

“Stop acting so small.  You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”

-Rumi

I hope we have a wonderful weekend.

♥.

 

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Photo “Milky Way” by EvgeniT, Pixabay

“Ecstatic Love is an ocean, and the Milky Way is a flake of foam floating on it.” -Rumi

Includes the origin of the name Milky Way – it’s called so many other things by other cultures. Plus two beautiful photos from Steph Law, and two poems from Elanthian Love Songs.

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Photo by Larisa-K, Pixabay.

“My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature.” -Claude Monet

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Photo by Niki Flow.

“I’m not changing anybody. It’s hard to change ourselves but we can plant seeds; pure intention that will eventually bloom on its own.”  -Nimo Patel

From “A Smile and 5 Blessings:  Nimo’s Nothing (iii)”

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Photo, “Archangel Boomerang” by Niki Flow

“An angel has no memory.”  -Terry Southern

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Photo by Cornfreak, Pixabay

“For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.”  -Rudyard Kipling

 

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Photo “Milky Way” by EvgeniT, Pixabay

“Ecstatic Love is an ocean, and the Milky Way is a flake of foam floating on it.” -Rumi

Morning Edit 22July19 c.8am

I fixed the photo on the Gem.  It’s so gorgeous and I didn’t want any of it cut from the frame. I also posted a link to the photo.  Then I started wondering who named the Milky Way and things went on from there.

I learned it was called the “Milky Circle” by the Greeks.  The story goes, Zeus brought the infant Hercules to nurse from Hera while she slept.  She woke while the baby suckled and pushed him away.  (His mother was a mortal, one of her husband’s many conquests).  A few drops of milk spilled and formed the Milky Circle. The Romans adopted the name and called it “Via Lactea.” Translated, that means “the road of milk.”

In Germany it’s Milchstrasse. In Norway, it’s called Melkeveien. Both translate to Milky Way in English. But in Finland, it’s called Linnunrata (“path of birds”). In Armenia, it’s “hard goghi chanaparh,” or “Straw Thief’s Way.” In Sweden and Iceland, it’s called Vetrarbrautin and Vintergatan (Winter Way). In East Asia, it’s called “Silver River.”

Source:  How the Milky Way Got Its Name

I love the name Silver River best because it comes from the story of the Weaver Girl and the Buffalo Boy. Two of my poems from Elanthian Love Songs are based on this legend, one for the Weaver Girl and one for the Buffalo Boy (also called “The Cowherd.) I was inspired to write the poems after seeing two beautiful paintings by Steph Law about this legend.

Bridge of Dreams Where She Waits

“Bridge of Dreams Where She Waits” by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Shadowscapes.com

EQUINOX

summer was new
when I looked into
his eyes
for the first time
fragrant Spring
so nearly gone
when I felt the heat
of the summer sun
when trembling
he held me in his arms
for the first time

under a summer moon
nearly full
my heart overflowed
at the love in his eyes
moonlight on his face
summer heat in his embrace
when we made love
on a summer’s night
for the first time

summer wanes
the air grows chill
I kiss his lips
on a photograph
I hear his voice
in memory still
and the promise we made
when I saw him last

I taste his tears
mingled with mine
when trembling
he held me for the last time

now nights on end
I wait for him
my waxing moon
my summer sun
and the kiss of his lips
and the promise he made
grows as cold as
winter’s dawn

Copyright 2001, 2019.
Elanthian Love Songs:  A Bard’s Tale
Sara Michele O’Sullivan
All rights reserved.

“Bridge of Wings – Where He Waits,” *
above, from the “Fairytales” gallery
Copyright Stephanie Pui-Mun Law,
2002, 2019. All rights reserved.
Used with permission. Thank you!

* “There is a Chinese tale of the Herder Boy and the Weaver Girl, who were so in love that they neglected their duties and were thus separated by the gods (they are stars in the sky). They are only allowed to meet one night a year, and that is when all the birds fly across to create a bridge between the Herder Boy’s and the Weaver Girl’s stars. This bridge of wings forms the Milky Way.”  (from Shadowscapes.com)

dedicated to lovers, now parted,
who will always love, and always
remember

 

Bridge of Dreams Where He Waits

“Bridge of Dreams Where He Waits” Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Shadowscapes.com

 

IN HER EYES

When I look into her eyes
I see compassion, understanding
I see the wisdom that she paid for
with so much pain

When I look into her eyes
I see absolute acceptance
I see the love she gives me freely,
unquestioning

No one’s ever loved me like she does
And I know I can be anything
Make real any dream because
I just love the way I look
in her eyes

No one’s ever loved me like she does
With no masks and no disguise
And I feel like I could fly
Because I love the way I look
in her eyes

I wish the whole world could see me
the way she does
Oh, I just love the way I look
in her eyes…

Copyright 2001.
Sara Michele O’Sullivan
All rights reserved.

“Bridge of Wings – Where He Waits,” *
above, from the “Fairytales” gallery
Copyright Stephanie Pui-Mun Law,
2002. All rights reserved.
Used with permission. Thank you!

Dedicated to my SoulSis, Aerienne,
and to her love, Chris, better than 
any fantasy or dream.

 

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“My muses have always been the people I love.”  -Anonymous
 
Photo, “Jelly Bean and Mommy Morning” by Niki Flow, Kenosha, WI, 1982.  (My first light-filled gem, my oldest daughter ♡ Kelly Jean ♡).
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Reverence – A Special Invitation

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡

You may know about or have been a part of our 2015-2016 “300 Days of Gratitude” Challenges on KindSpring.org.  I wrote about our journey recently, and about our origin inspiration (Mike Albrough) here:  300+ -The Journey So Far

For the”300″ series, we did 17 consecutive 21-day challenges.  It was great to be connected with friends, love ones and people from all over the world. So, I’m really happy to invite you to today to a brand new series as well as to a brand new challenge called “Reverence.”

Reverence” begins  on June 11th.  It was written by KindSpring and “The Soul of WoMen.” Since this will be my first time with the challenge, I don’t know a lot about it except that it was really well received.

Here’s the link:  https://www.kindspring.org/challenge/join/1661

Our new gratitude series, “300,000+ Days of Gratitude” began in December, 2017.  “Reverence” is the 7th in the series.  For the “300k+” series, we’re doing a challenge a month using the KindSpring templates as well as new and original content.  We’re also continuing the weekly “Gratitude Journal” bonus challenges.

I hope to see you! (=

♡. Niki Flow

 

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Photo by Niki Flow

300,000+ Days of Gratitude (vii) – Reverence
☼ Join us for 21 days of shared reverence! ☼
“Reverence” is a brand new challenge designed by KindSpring.org and The Soul of WoMen. Along with 21 daily emails, you’ll be invited to participate in 21 days of a bonus challenge called “Gratitude Journal.” At the start of each week will be a new topic for focusing our gratitude. The practice of recording gratitude, especially in a handwritten journal, has proven to reduce stress, boost resilience, and help us to recover from trauma. This daily, small commitment of time pays off in other big dividends as well. The more we practice, the better we become at noticing reasons for gratitude in our everyday lives. Our focus is sharpened and our clarity returns. Since what we focus on grows, when our attention is turned toward love and gratitude, both blossom in our lives.
☼ All welcome! ☼
“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”   -Henry David Thoreau