“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.
“After the Rain” | Anthony Satori
Not long after the fires were gone, the rain came, bringing renewed fertility to the earth. Grass began to grow again on the floor of the valley. Wide expanses of bright green blades began to sprout up, rising literally from the ashes, like a phoenix from the flame, like a second springtime in the heart of December.
Soon to follow, out from the hills, there ventured a small family of deer, timidly exploring the newly lush landscape. They explored shyly at first, but quickly grew confident and eager, feeling an intense hunger arise from within them. It was not long before they abandoned all restraint and feasted ravenously on the freshly grown grass until they could eat no more.
Given even the slightest chance, life always finds a way.
“California Rain” | Anthony Satori
“Here comes the rain again, falling on my head like a memory.”
— The Eurythmics
“Flight” | Anthony Satori
“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will long to return.”
— Leonardo da Vinci
“Of Heaven and Earth” | Anthony Satori
“I am a being of Heaven and Earth, of thunder and lightning, of rain and wind, of the galaxies.”
— Eden Ahbez
“Warm Horizon” | Anthony Satori
“Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.”
— Khalil Gibran
Do you see the world in light and dark, or in a myriad of colors and shades? When you see a glow on the horizon, does your heart smile, knowing that the Sun is just behind the mountain? Does it give you comfort to realize that there is a life-giving force just outside of view, whose energy and heat will return again and again to nourish and warm our world?
Here is the essence: the Sun will return in the morning whether we believe in it or not. The only real consequence of choosing whether or not you believe is how long, lonely and cold your night will be. If you choose not to have faith, when the Sun returns in the morning you will feel relieved, and possibly remorseful for the unnecessary sadness you endured. If you choose to have faith, however, when the Sun returns in the morning you will greet it with joy and with a knowing smile, because you will have continued to feel its light and its warmth all through the night, in your heart, in your memory, and in your anticipation of its return.
Much in the same way, the Universe is a compassionate and creative consciousness, whether we believe in it or not. It touches our Spirit again and again, warming us, nourishing us, and guiding us, continuously. The only difference between believing in its benevolent influence or not is how long, lonely and cold our night will be.
So have faith, my friends. The Sun is just behind the mountain. Let’s make the night long and warm and beautiful.
“What Remains” | Anthony Satori
Throughout the course of Time, entire worlds are built, fall away, and new ones are built in their place. Through it all, Love — and only Love — remains.