WORD SYMPHONY: Harmony with Nature

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“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.” – Marcus Aurelius

“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.” – Walt Whitman

“I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful — an endless prospect of magic and wonder.” –Ansel Adams

“Earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” – Gerard De Nerval

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.”  – Lord Byron

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

“A miracle constantly repeated becomes a process of nature. – Lyman Abbott

“Harmony is one phase of the law whose spiritual expression is love.” – James Allen

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads.” – Albert Camus

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.  It will never fail you. – Frank Lloyd Wright

“I tried to discover, in the rumor of forests and waves, words that other men could not hear, and I pricked up my ears to listen to the revelation of their harmony.” ― Gustave Flaubert, November

“Everything is connected.  The wing of the corn beetle affects the direction of the wind, the way the sand drifts, the way the light reflects into the eye of man beholding his reality.  All is part of totality, and in this totality man finds his hozro, his way of walking in harmony, with beauty all around him.” ― Tony Hillerman, The Ghostway

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle

“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“A life in harmony with nature, the love of truth and virtue, will purge the eyes to understanding her text.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nature is the art of God.” – Dante Alighieri

“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” – Joseph Campbell

“I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?” – Vincent Van Gogh

“The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“You are the harmony within which all things move.  They are just illusion.” – Mooji

“How can you consider flower power outdated? The essence of my lyrics is the desire for peace and harmony. That’s all anyone has ever wanted. How could it become outdated?” ― Robert Plant

“The beauty of the natural world lies in the details. – Natalie Angier

“Mankind’s role is to fulfill his heaven-sent purpose through a sincere heart that is in harmony with all creation and loves all things.” ― Morihei Ueshiba

“Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself.  Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies.  We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.”  ― Alan W. Watts

“Mathematics expresses values that reflect the cosmos, including orderliness, balance, harmony, logic, and abstract beauty.” ― Deepak Chopra

“The beauty of Zen is found in simplicity and tranquility, in a sense of the all-embracing harmony of things.” – Thich Thien-An

“The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.” – Claude Monet

“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Andersen

“Mother Nature speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer.” – Radhanath Swami

“Harmony is pure love, for love is a concerto.” – Lope de Vega

“A Woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing.  She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.” – Maya Angelou

“There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” –Anatole France

“Like birds landing on a tree top together, and then dispersing, we are together for a very short time, so it makes sense to live in harmony, in unconditional friendship.” – Bokar Rinpoche

“God reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists.” – Albert Einstein

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“Nature is not a place to visit.  It is home.” – Gary Snyder


A Flintstone Kind of Day

Rocks.  Millions or rocks on the beach where there was once mostly sand and sand where there was once beautiful flowerings plants rooted into earth. Last year the lake level hit the hundred-year high.  Three years ago it was at historic lows, so bad that the ports on Ometepe had to be dredged for the ferries to dock.  Two years of heavy rains and two years of hurricanes and now we are building a. natural retaining wall with the rocks brought in from the storms.

It has been almost four years since signing for the land that is Harmonia and every year the water run-off has a slightly different pattern.  The areas where the rain discharges into the lake are eroding along the sides.  We lost ten coconut palms and three orange trees that washed away on the hundred year high, as well a neem and a producing noni tree.  Two moringa trees collapsed last week.  The area beneath a major tree along the shore is flooded but it’s only June.   We have two more days of heavy labor to to fill in the run-offs with rock that feeds into a 1-2 foot wall, discharging the water in a less erosive manner.  The best route might be chicken wire and rebar and letting the natural woody weeds to grow through the sides.  The bamboo washed away in the last hurricane.  No one else seems to know about erosion control or have any desire to deal with their own properties.  My neighbor is in risk of losing 150 s.f. of land and has done nothing to rectify the situation,

I suppose all of this is important to know and will prevent failures in the future, but, oh, the physical labor!  I spent two days  hauling rocks (always good to let the make crew see the female boss twice their age pulling her weight) and replanting hundreds of zinnia seedlings from my yard. It was pouring rain today. I had a tank top, but no sweater or jacket, and it was cold.  I figured it was good time to plant, so I carried on for several hours until the idea of a cup of hot chocolate at home became too much of a distraction.

I pay heavy duty rock and machete work twice the prevailing rate and I limit it to 5 hours a day. Tomorrow morning a crew will be ready to chop down the way overgrown thorny ant trees (cornesuelo, of the acacia family) in the upper section.  It was cleared 3 years ago for the  drone footage and now it is an overgrown mess.  It’s so hard to keep up with one person and a limited budget.

Time for some sleep.  Pictures to follow tomorrow.