Monday, November 26, 2007

Mosaic

This morning I awoke thinking of the energy of the earth…of God…of humanity. Are we really all connected as one? Like a beautiful mosaic? I am surrounded by a community of seekers. Why and how do we find each other? Is it by accident? By choice? By a power greater than we can even imagine?

Surrounded by seekers of God…of creativity…of wholeness. Are they not one in the same?

Consider the following thoughts:

“As individual stones, we can do little with them
except compare them and judge their beauty and value. When, however, all these little stones are brought together in one big mosaic portraying the face of Christ, who would ever question the importance of any one of them? That’s community, a fellowship of little people who together make God visible in the world.”
--Henri Nouwen

“For as the body is only as healthy as its individual cells, the world is only as healthy as its individual souls.” --Mark Nepo

“The search for contentment is, therefore, not merely a self-preserving and self-benefiting act, but also a generous gift to the world.” –Elizabeth Gilbert

My creativity heals myself and others. There is a divine plan of goodness for my work. –lucy

And, last but not least…a repeat from yesterday’s post:

"Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world" Lao-Tzu

"Across the centuries, we have this timeless medicine: Live directly, wait, and care for your soul as if it were the whole world." Mark Nepo

I am blessed to be a part of this community of seekers. Today, may you care for your own soul as gently as if it were that of another.

'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
--Jesus - Luke 10:27

photo by bill ©

6 comments:

Abbey of the Arts said...

Lovely post lucy. What I love most about mosaics is that it is about taken broken pieces and creating a wholeness that would not be possible without each fragment. (and this is true for collage work too)

Anonymous said...

Dear Lucy, just home from a fabulous trip....one stop was St. Peter's in Rome. Our tour guide pointed out that there are no paintings in St. Peters, only mosaics which I didn't know. This caused me much reflection at the time about how this relates to our own life....all the small pieces, experiences, stages of our life....the dark and the light, the sharp and the smooth....how they work together to create something beautiful. Also how this life, this mosaic is just a beautiful work of art in the vast total experience, in eternity. Really awsome. It was so neat to contemplate these thoughts sailing the same waters that Paul sailed. Quite an experience. Glad to be home. Loved today's blog. Love, Pamela

lucy said...

thanks christine & pamela--there really is something so special about putting "random" pieces together to make something of beauty.

pam, i hope to hear more about your trip soon. it really sounds magical! glad you're back. i've missed you!!!

Tess said...

Yes, I love mosaics too. There's a piece of software you can get that creates a mosaic out of hundreds of smaller photographs. I've seen it used to encapsulate whole families in genealogical sites. We are all important individually and make such leaps when we are together.

lucy said...

tess-- yes! "We are all important individually and make such leaps when we are together."
i love the idea of making a mosaic out of photographs...maybe that will go onto my art making project list :-)

SUNRISE SISTER said...

“For as the body is only as healthy as its individual cells, the world is only as healthy as its individual souls.” --Mark Nepo

Your quotes were delicious today - Nepo might have been my favorite.

Years ago, I heard an Episcopal priest talk about how we are all like grass roots; (grass roots not necessarily a new phrase) -intertwined and difficult to break apart because each of the small strands that we are make the whole a beautiful lawn.

Tom Bridenthal was/is his name - he's now an Episcopal bishop "somewhere" and he would probably be surprised to know that I so clearly remember his intertwined fingers portraying the picture of grass roots.

Again, thank you for the quotes and for the beautiful photo.