Learn to get in touch
with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has
purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are
blessings given to us to learn from. - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Image: Silent Buddha And The Hydrangea by Dominique Allmon@2017
By Anton Chekhov
The snow has not yet left the earth, but spring is already asking to
enter your heart. If you have ever recovered from a serious illness, you
will be familiar with the blessed state when you are in a delicious
state of anticipation, and are liable to smile without any obvious
reason. Evidently that is what nature is experiencing just now.
The ground is cold, mud and snow squelches under foot, but how cheerful,
gentle and inviting everything is! The air is so clear and transparent
that if you were to climb to the top of the pigeon loft or the bell
tower, you feel you might actually see the whole universe from end to
The sun is shining brightly, and its playful, beaming rays are
bathing in the puddles along with the sparrows. The river is swelling
and darkening; it has already woken up and very soon will begin to roar.
The trees are bare, but they are already living and breathing.
Literary quote from Anton Chekhov "The Exclamation Mark"
Today, January 12th, is the first full moon in the New Year. The Algonquin tribes who lived in regions extending from New England
to Lake Superior called it the Wolf Moon because of the howling wolves that would come close to their villages in search of food. By the time the moon was full in January the harsh weather conditions made it very difficult for the wolves to find food in the wild.
"Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled
hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full
moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon
After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied
that name to the next moon." - Farmer's Almanac
Many ancient civilizations, reaching as far back in time as the Neolithic Age, portrayed wolves with the moon in their legends, art, and literature. Hecate, the Greek goddess of the moon, was depicted wearing three wolf heads and was sometimes called She-Wolf. A…
How can we teach unobservant people to notice what
nature and life are trying to show them? First of all, they must be taught
to look at, to listen to, and to hear what is beautiful... Nothing in life is
more beautiful than nature, and it should be the object of constant
observation... And do not shun the darker side of nature. Look for it in the
marshes, in the slime of the sea… and remember that hidden behind these
phenomena there is beauty, just as in loveliness there is unloveliness. - Constantin Stanislavski
If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely
that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day. Nothing
stimulates our appetite for the simple joys of life more than the
starvation caused by sadness or desperation. In order to complete our
amazing life journey successfully, it is vital that we turn each and
every dark tear into a pearl of wisdom, and find the blessing in every
curse. - Anthon St. Maarten inn "Divine Living: The Essential Guide To Your True Destiny"
St. Martin's Day or Martinstag is celebrated on November 11. It is a religious observance in Germany that is very popular with children. It is dedicated to St. Martin of
Tours, or Martin le Miséricordieux, and celebrates modesty and altruism, values that are commonly
associated with Saint Martin.
St. Martin is known as a friend of children and patron saint of beggars, wool weavers, soldiers, vintners and innkeepers, and the geese.
The celebrations usually involved evening processions with handmade paper lanterns, but the celebrations were suspended in 2015 in order not to offend the migrants from the Middle East.
This holiday was traditionally followed by a
fast that lasted until Christmas, so normally St. Martin's Day
would center around good food. Martin's Gans, or the roasted goose served with dumplings and fragrant red cabbage stew, is one of the many dishes that people in Germany enjoy on this day.
History of the tradition
"Saint Martin of Tours (316 - …