“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” — Lao Tzu
The Dunes of Lencois, Brazil
Emerald Lake, Alaska
Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia
Green Lake in Upper Styria, Austria
El Nido Palawan Island, Phillippines
Images via The Cool Hunter
You mustn’t suppose
I never mingle in the world
Of humankind —
It’s simply that I prefer
To enjoy myself alone.
In vedic sanskrit dan: the giver,
mala: garland of flowersthe giving of flower circles
Kathy Klein is a devout lover of plants, animals, people and the divine presence within all. She creates the danmalas by first centering herself in a meditative devotional space. Next she gathers flowers and natural objects while her mind is kept in mantra, resting in the immaterial. Then, through an act of grace and giving to all, she allows the materials to fall to the will of creation patterns. Her inspiration is given from the golden sound residing within perfect silence. They are reflections of the inexpressible, a gesture which points towards life’s abundance, an unspoken verse of Love. The danmalas remind us all to listen to the unheard voice of nature, creation, and the eternal mystery.
By Pablo Neruda
I do not love you as if you were a rose of salt, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love,
except in this form in which I am not nor are you,
so close that your hand upon my chest is mine,
so close that your eyes close with my dreams.