Joy is the serious business of heaven.
– C.S. Lewis
Every year my family escapes winter for a vacation on Sanibel Island. We don’t go for adventure. We go to enjoy the weather and natural surroundings. We go to slow down and renew our sense of calm and live more deeply. The trip feels like one big meditation and we come away feeling nourished and happy. Then we can go on about the business of spreading some light!!
This year I made sure to bring my glass cutters and a pouch full of colored stones, beads and smalti (Italian glass). The wand you see here, My Blue Heaven, was inspired by the azure blue sky, gorgeous sea and cool “summer” breezes in February on Florida’s west coast.
The use of turquoise was intentional, not just for color, but because the stone is the symbol of protection, good luck and wisdom. These are the wishes that I have for my daughter who is just starting out on her own after graduating from college.
This wand is predominantly blue. Dark and light blue carry different meanings, but most blues convey a sense of trust, loyalty and understanding.
Blue is embraced as the color of heaven. My Blue Heaven is truly my idea of heaven. It is the sea and the sky on a calm, summer day. It is a sense of peace and serenity.
What’s your true heaven? Where do you go physically or in your mind to bring yourself peace? Are there colors that come to your mind as you visualize it?
When I’m not physically in Sanibel, and I want to gain a sense of ease, I find myself visualizing the beach, the bayou, the birds and the palms.
The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
— Wendell Berry, from The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry. Copyright 1998.
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