Monday, November 25, 2013

A Thought for Today...Brother Wind

    The first chapter of Christine Valters Paintner's book Water, Wind, Earth and Fire deals with, as St. Francis calls it, Brother Wind.  I've taken a quotation from the book for my thought for today.
A view o Trunk Bay, St. John US Virgin Islands

   Here are some of Christine's suggestions from the book for getting in touch with the element of wind.

Go sailing.
Blow Bubbles.
Watch birds flying overhead.
Lay on the cool grass 
- or the soft sand -
and gaze at the clouds drifting by.
Take time to relish the cool 
breeze that refreshes.

   Except for the bubble blowing, I've been doing all of the above here on St. John as I try to experience this unique place through the elements.  Photographing the wind isn't easy but the image above suggests it with the swooping shape of the cloud.

       When I get back to Maine the second week of December, the wind will have a whole different meaning for me but isn't that the point?  Everything in nature is in a state of flux.  It changes day by day and our only obligation is to embrace whatever it brings.  Try to remember, in the words of Meister Eckhart:
The soul rides on the feathers of the wind.


Mystic Meandering said...

And I believe Hildegard of Bengin also said: "The feather flew, not because of anything in itself, but because the air bore it along. Thus am I, a feather on the breath of God." You have delightfully captured that in your photo as well... Inspiring :)

Patricia Turner said...

That's one of my favorite Hildegard quotations! Thank you for you comments.