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In "Exploring Our Values Through Poetry," a Tapestry of Faith program
Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.
— Rachel Carson
DURING TODAY'S WORKSHOP...
We read the poem "A Nature-Lover Passes" and discussed some of our connections to nature. We used our thoughts from a sensory meditation as the foundation for a poem about nature.
Where in nature do you feel most spiritually connected and why?
EXPLORE THE TOPICS FURTHER WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS...
Li chun Spring Begins February 5
Yu shui The Rains February 19
Jing zhe Insects Awaken March 5
Chun fen Vernal Equinox March 20
Ch'ing ming Clear and Bright April 5
Gu yu Grain Rains April 20
Li xia Summer Begins May 5
Xiao man Grain in Bud May 21
Mang zhong Grain in Ear June 6
Xia zhu Summer Solstice June 21
Xiao shu Small Heat July 7
Da shu Great Heat July 23
Li qiu Autumn Begins August 7
Chu shu Heat Ebbs August 23
Bai lu White Dew September 8
Qiu fen Autumnal Equinox September 23
Han lu Cold Dew October 8
Shuang jiang Frost Descends October 23
Li dong Winter Begins November 7
Xiao xue Small Snow November 22
Da xue Great Snow December 7
Dong zhi Winter Solstice December 21
Xiao han Small Cold January 6
Da han Great Cold January 26
Source of translations: Barnett, Raymond, Ph.D. Relax, You're Already at Home: Everyday Taoist Habits for a Richer Life (New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin Books, 2004).
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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