“Ten times a day something happens to me like this – some strengthening throb of amazement – some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.”
See more images from my wild garden and from Ireland’s lush hedgerows here in the Gallery
Elizabeth Musgrave says
What a wonderful quote. I shall record this one somewhere.
Any line from Mary Oliver!!! Thanks Elizabeth :~)
Kerry O'Gorman says
Wisdom in words…so lovely…your rabbit photo is almost touchable!
Thanks Kerry! He's actually a baby hare, and is an adorable character:~)
Gotham Girl says
Like you…I adore Mary Oliver…and the perfect quote for your images…especially love the first one!
Thanks Robin, she always comes to the rescue when everything else has been said……:~)
"…the soul exists and is built entirely on attentiveness…" Isn't that perfect? I used to study a system of thought by George Gurdjieff, a Russian philosopher and Sufi at the turn of century who built his entire body of work on presence. He said that it was the accumulated moments of presence that over time built the soul, that grew the soul and make it into something that could transcend even death. Because it was real, not like the flesh. To this day, I believe that. But our moments of real presence are so few and death is so big…we have much work to do.
Susie, thank you for your thoughtfulness. Attentiveness is the easy part for me, when it comes to transcending death I am at a total loss…..I don't think I know even where to begin …..as always I dive deep into your words…..
Your wildest things both here and in your gallery are glorious Catherine. I was sad to see the deserted nest with those beautiful blue eggs…a promise of things to come…dashed. The blue borage flowers are lovely and I wonder, do you have some butterflies on your buddleia ?
Thanks Jane. We have very few butterflies so far this year. Our small patch is the last wild couple of acres around here as more and more farmers get ready to cash in on the big beef bonanza that they say is coming our way. This has meant an increase in spraying and clearing…..I'm pretty sure that this is why? It makes me mad but on the other hand the farmers need a boost too……but you can guess how much I would like to reverse that need……
What a perfect quote to accompany these rich, luscious images….including the baby hare. Fennel is blooming in my garden too!
Donna that fennel is going to take over the world!! I love it but it has a vendetta against me at the moment turning up in every square inch of garden. I hope yours is behaving better!
Mary Anne's Alaska says
I love the contrast of the flowers in their natural element and then the bouquet in the table! Fresh flowers are so wonderful, aren't they?
They are Mary Anne especially the wild ones!