“Tree in a Field of Yellow Flowers” | Anthony Satori
“The temple bell stops, but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.”
— Matsuo Basho
Our connection with God does not have to begin and end at the temple door. If we pay attention, watch closely, and listen carefully, we will find it vibrating throughout everything around us.
“Everness” | Anthony Satori
Strive to find happiness, gratitude, and inspiration in whatever good you may have in your life, right here, right now. This is the Everness of Zen.
There is no need to hurry to get there,
because there is only more here waiting there.
There is always more beauty in life when you love,
because even all becomes more when it’s shared.
There is no need to look too far forward or back,
because only now holds the essence of everness.
Find pleasure and calm in your presence of mind,
and your life won’t get lost into neverness.
“Winter Flowers” | Anthony Satori
“Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.”
— Marcus Aurelius
I’ve always been fascinated with, and delighted by, flowers that bloom at night, or in the heart of winter. I find the mere existence of such joyfully contrarian and ebullient elements in nature to be both refreshing and inspiring. Winter-blooming flowers are truly demonstrating what it means to dig into one’s own innate “fountain of good,” and to create one’s own most pure and natural beauty from within one’s own true self.
“Pink and Yellow Rose” | Anthony Satori
“Infinitely at ease
despite so many risks,
with no variation
of her usual routine,
the blooming rose is the omen
of her immeasurable endurance.
Do we know how she survives?
No doubt one of her days
is all the earth and all
of our infinity.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke
“Sunlit Vase” | Anthony Satori
“Shadows. Sometimes people don’t see shadows. The Chinese, of course, never paint them in pictures, oriental art never deals with shadow. But I noticed these shadows and I knew it meant it was sunny.”
— David Hockney
“Shine” | Anthony Satori
“No better way is there to learn to love Nature than to understand Art. It dignifies every flower of the field.”
— Oscar Wilde
“Night Jasmine” | Anthony Satori
“Twas midnight — through the lattice, wreathed with woodbine, many a perfume breathed from plants that wake when others sleep, from timid jasmine buds that keep their fragrance to themselves all day, but when the sunlight dies away let their delicious secret out to every breeze that roams about.”
— Thomas Moore