Saturday, March 28, 2020
Friday, March 27, 2020
Tikkun olam, or “repairing the world” is very simple. Any activity that leads to a more harmonious state is valid and valuable. The Chabad organization website, which illuminates Jewish mysticism, explains, “All human activities are opportunities to fulfill this mission, and every human being can be involved in tikkun olam, child or adult, student or entrepreneur, industrialist or artist, caregiver or salesperson, political activist or environmentalist, or just another one of us struggling to keep afloat.”
Each act of repair fine-tunes the instrument that is the universe, and you don’t have to be religious or artistic or political to participate. You just have to be a human. As Chabad puts it, “With each [fix], we are creating meaning out of confusion, harmony from noise, revealing the unique part each creation plays in a universal symphony.”
photo: Hawaiian forest in the rain, Bruce Behnke, 2020
Monday, March 23, 2020
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Daily we are astonished by the power of nature, both good and bad.
Let's all take a few moments to remind ourselves of its gentleness, peacefulness and beauty.
This white anthurium in my garden literally took my breath away when I came across it yesterday.
One need not travel around the world to find what nature has to offer us; it's often in our own backyard.
photo: (c) bruce behnke 2020
Friday, March 20, 2020
The forest behind my home in Hawaii has been there for a long, long time. It has seen many changes and endured some challenges; wind, fire, disease and encroachment by mankind. Yet, it stands there peacefully, bending and adapting to the demands of each day. It still provides a home to countless birds and animals. It still channels the frequent rains into the lava rock aquifer. It still provides me great solace and comfort, even in such trying times.
My advice to all of you, my friends, is to go out into nature, take a walk and let the restorative powers of the forest wash over you. Peace to all of you.
photo: bruce behnke 2020
Sunday, March 8, 2020
I have learned over the years that
when one's mind is made up,
this diminishes fears;
knowing what must be done
does away with fear.
International Women's Day 2020
Saturday, March 7, 2020
The Chinese celebrated the pine, bamboo and plum together, as they observed that these plants do not wither as the cold days deepen in the winter season, unlike many other plants. Known by the Chinese as the Three Friends of Winter, together they symbolize steadfastness, perseverance, and resilience.
image: Zhao Mengjian (趙孟堅, ca.1199-1264)
National Palace Museum, Taipei