Sunday, January 23, 2011

Drifting...

Let my doing nothing when I have nothing to do become untroubled in its depth of peace
like the evening in the seashore when the water is silent.

Rabindranath Tagore

from our tour of the fjords in Western Norway

Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted.
Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.

+ Hans Margolius

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There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity,
a silence that is a fountain of action and joy.
It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out to me
from unseen roots of all created being.

Thomas Merton

22 comments:

Love of the Sea said...

Great post for a Sunday evening. I love the image and the quotes you selected. Hope you have a great week!!

rosaria said...

Lovely picture and fantastic quotes, to ponder over, to let them seep slowly into our souls.

Helen Young said...

Love Merton! The trick is silencing ourselves amid all the chaos. My favorite mug says -
"Be still and know that I am God."

RuneE said...

Nice to see a place I ought to recognize :-), though I don't. It is obviously a place in a fjord on The Western Coast of Norway. In any case - you have caught the spirit well!

PS You are forgiven
- and welcome back any time :-)

Linda P said...

A beautiful image and good quotes, especially Thomas Merton's. Thank you for this post to enhance Monday morning moments.

Pooch Purple Reign said...

i like the second quote best. SUCH a beautiful shot. its so green! here is so white....
~laura x

Anonymous said...

I like what John Muir once said: "In wildness lies the preservation of the world". The stillness within wilderness calms the tempest in all of us. I recall what Hitler said of his cottage in Berchtesgaden: "I feel most at peace here". Let's take the time to enter the stillness, even while walking along the beach. Peace! Ron Letnes

B. Meandering said...

These are all great quotes for us to ponder, but my favorite is the second one. I gave a similar one to my students as a journal prompt and I'm looking forward to reading their responses. (I can't remember it right now or I would share it.)
That is a absolutely beautiful place! You have the quaintness of the houses, the lush green of the grass contrasting with the snow capped mts. opposite, and of course the beauty and serenity of the water.
Double wow!

Donna said...

WOW! Becky...that picture took my breath away!! My mother is from Norway and it looks so much like where my grandfather was from in the "Norderland". Just gorgeous. Thanks for my bit of peace for the day!!!

S. Etole said...

beautiful image and thoughts ...

Jeanne said...

Thank you for this Becky...you have no idea how much I needed this at this very moment :)

Jeanne xxx

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Where is this amazing picture from? My first thought was Switzerland, but on second glance, I didn't think so.

Thanks for your recent visits and comments on my blog.

Fondly,
Glenda

PS. I am happy you got a new kitchen.

Mara said...

I love the second quote...so true!!!!

Shellbelle said...

Now this is just how I love to spend my time — relaxing and drinking in the beauty of nature.

Drifting, that the perfect word for this post!

Hugs

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Beautiful photograph Becky... so peaceful.. and that Hans Margolius quote is perfect.. I need to save that one!!! and ponder it..

Have a lovely week.. ciao xxxx Julie

Stacey Dawn said...

Oh what a beautiful place....

Living In Art said...

Sooo gorgie!!!

Leslie said...

What a lovely photo... my mother's family comes from Norway, and I've always wanted to visit there. Love the Hans Margolius guote, too.

Barefoot from Heaven said...

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME WITH THIS SHOT. I've got the same one...ohhh wasn't it lovely to be there...when were you?

We were there in 2006...what if...we were on the same boat at the same time....goooossseeebumps.
Love it....
Hugs D.

ELK said...

the quotes with the rich calm of the photos just amaze me .. you really captured a feeling here

Jeanne Klaver said...

So serene...I love the words, too.

Dimple said...

This photo is perfection. I love the diagonal composition with the white buildings of the village in the foreground, the white peaks soaring over everything, and the water giving a base and tying it all together. Gorgeous!