The Good Ground by Rumi

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“Very little grows on jagged rock. Be grounded.

Be crumbled so wildflowers will come up where you are.”



In this quote, Rumi is sharing about more than just wildflowers. He is using this illustration to point to a truth about our lives, and more specifically, about our internal lives. When our lives, and yes our hearts, are like stone or rocks, not much is going to grow. It is difficult to be fruitful. Another way of saying this is, that there is a blockage between us and potential growth.

Our lives need to be based in ground that can produce, in his words here “crumbled” means easy to plant, or just naturally loose, rich soil, which allows plants to grow. This is why farmers plow their fields, and gardeners like myself, till the soil before we plant. This allows the plants, even wild ones, (and weeds) to grow much easier. In a very real sense, our soils needs to be loose, not hard as a rock.

When our lives are like that, beautiful things will grow from us, even when we don’t expect it. Wildflowers are spontaneous, surprising, and intensely beautiful. We can be like that too, we just need to take care of the soil.





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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”


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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

Albert Einstein

 What is it about nature that helps us to understand? I think it is the peace of mind, and the healing we receive from spending time in nature. When we are restored, and refreshed, we can see more clearly.

Restoration through nature helps us to see the connection between us and the rest of the world. We suddenly fit, and we feel like we do belong. We also gain an understanding, that other people fit, and they belong too. In this way, nature actually teaches us compassion. We begin to care, because of the insight, that we are all connected to each other. That’s what I think Einstein was trying to say in this quote. The more deeply we look into nature, the more we understand.





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Blessings to everyone!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Body and Soul

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Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

John Muir

 Scottish born John Muir, worked for most of his life to preserve the wilderness of the American west. He was a conservationist before there was such a thing. Muir helped the National Parks become established, with the National Parks Bill passing Congress in 1890. This bill established Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. He was often called the “Mountain Prophet”, and is now considered the, “Father of the National Parks”. His books have inspired millions.

In this quote, Muir so beautifully illustrates the connection of the physical and spiritual worlds. For Muir the spiritual was deeply rooted in nature, or perhaps nature was deeply rooted in the spiritual. Nature is also good for the body. I love the expression, we need, “beauty as well as bread”. Life is more than just the physical world, it is more than just spiritual world. It is both at the same time, and both are equally important.


This is day 3 of the 3 Day Quote Challenge given to me Kavita at KVision and Elisabet at An Elephant Named Buddha. Thank you!

Commentary and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Blessings to everyone. 

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Taller than the Trees

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I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.

Henry David Thoreau

 So having walked in the woods, we realize we are nurtured, but what does Thoreau mean by this? How can we be taller than the trees, and what does that mean? I believe there is a twofold answer. First, the person that has received from nature, by being in it, is strengthened. He/she has a clear mind, and peace is dwelling inside. These important elements bring strength to a person. We can walk taller, because we have the confidence we need. There is no need to be afraid, we are able to let go of anger, or any hindrance, to our internal life.

Secondly, the person that has been in the woods, can see the big picture now. The problems that did seem big, are not nearly as big as they thought. Ever hear the expression “You can’t see the forest because of the trees”? In nature this is reversed. We can see the forest now, because our spirit has grown, and we can see more clearly. We are above the trees. We can have a long distance vision.

Using the illustration again of a mother, do you remember your Mama helping you when you were little and you were injured? Maybe you were stung by a bee, or fell off your bike. What did she do? She held you, spoke gently to you, cleaned your wounds, and eased your pain. Nature can do that. We wipe our tears,  we keep walking the path, and we realize we are made stronger and more confident than ever. Peace.



This is day 2 of the 3 Day Quote Challenge given to me Kavita at KVision and Elisabet at An Elephant Named Buddha. Thank you!

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Blessings to everyone, and peace!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Honey Bees

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Did you know that it can take bees as many as 5,000 trips to flowers, to produce 1 teaspoon of honey? Bees are fascinating creatures, and a lot has been written about them, so this is just a brief overview. There are more than 20,000 species of bees but only a small number of them are classified as true honey bees, and are under the genus of Apis. The study of honey bees is known as apiology.

honey bee 2Most know that honey bees live in colonies. There can be hundreds of thousands of bees in a single colony, with three different types of bees living there. The male bees are known as drones. They are produced from unfertilized eggs so they only have the DNA of the queen. Apparently the queen is able selectively choose which eggs to fertilize. Drones are large, with large eyes, used to locate queens during mating flights. Two interesting points about drones are that they have no stinger, and they die during the process of mating.

The worker bees are female, with two sets of chromosomes. In addition to each hive having a huge number of worker bees, the workers do different jobs according to their age! I found this fascinating. They go from cleaning their own cell, to feeding larvae, to receiving nectar and cleaning the hive, to guarding the hive, and finally they forage for pollen and nectar. Some workers have specialties such as being an undertaker! Their job is to remove dead bees from the hive. Cool! By the way the workers are the bees that sting you or I, and then they die. The reason is that their stinger is barbed, or has ridges. So it actually gets stuck in the person or animal. The injury the bee receives, honey bee 8from stinging, causes death.

Of course the queen bee’s job is to lay eggs after mating. She lays a lot of eggs, about 2,000 in a single day. Her stinger is not barbed and so she can sting multiple times. She does not mate with the drones from her own colony.

Oh, one more thing, one of the main enemies of the honey bee is the wasp. Why? Because wasps are carnivorous and they eat bees! Honey bees only eat pollen, and the honey they make. I’ll probably do another posting, sometime in the future, on how the honey is actually made.

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Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

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I’m taking it easy today, but before the night is done, I wanted to share this beautiful music and video with you. I’m not sure about the title, but I think it means, he is saying farewell to being disconnected and not knowing who he is. Look for the deep connection with the earth, and the connection with his heritage. He discovers treasure, but it is not gold or silver. It’s important to know who we are, and I so appreciate these First Nations qualities of love for the earth, and their heritage.

Have a restful weekend!

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

video from youtube

Son of Ecuador

This is beautiful music with a multi-cultural blend of South American, First Nations, and Europeon elements. It is also celebrating nature, and the rising of the sun. The artist is Leo Rojas, who was born in Ecuador, and now lives in Berlin, Germany with his Polish wife. Cool! There is a female singer in the video and I’m wondering if she is his wife. Leo used to be a street performer in Germany, and he got his big break on a talent show there.

This music is alive and filled with love.

Whatever you are going through, hang on. The sun is coming up again, the dawn is breaking, and soon it will be a new day!

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

video from youtube