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From the January 2017 Issue:
I have not yet swum in the star dark sea and seen the shining path of the full moon rising from under the surface. I would imagine that it is as lovely as the day sun shining through the silver mirrored blue. We have been taught that night is a time of fear and danger, and this notion still holds me in its hands, so I have not yet gone into the night sea. But I have gone swimming in a pelting rain and watched the gray mist above turn into a sequined ceiling as the big drops spatter the surface and return to the sea.
Joan McIntyre, from The Delicate Art of Whale Watching
To live a contemplative life is to be open enough to see, free enough to hear, real enough to respond. It is a life, and so it has its own rhythms of darkness, of dying-rising. Simply enough, it is a life of grateful receptivity, of wordless awe, of silent simplicity.
S. Marie Baha