Seven is a lucky number in many cultures. There are seven wonders of the world. We bask in seven shimmering colors of the rainbow. In the Bible, Jericho is circled seven times. We have seven chakras... More > which bring us energy. Today, Mused turns seven!
Our seventh season brings insight and illumination. A transcendently beautiful cyclamen bud swirls in seven shades of peach. Seven poignant syllables illustrate the end of a moth's brief, incandescent life. Seven stanzas explore the nature of redemption.
Seven can define our world. A convict's claustrophobic cell is seven feet wide. For one girl, the Seventh of July becomes a day she can never forget. Church bells chime out the seventh hour over a sleepy town.
Enjoy the richness of spring; bring the joy and magical quality of seven into your own life. Cherish your insights. As author Sharon Salzberg reminds us, "pay attention to them with as much balance and compassion as possible." They are there to help you grow and find your serenity.< Less
At exactly 6:14am on Friday, December 21st, 2012, we had both the Winter Solstice, which happens every year, and the Mayan End of the World, which happens less frequently. Of course, the world... More > continued turning as usual, and mankind had the same joy and discord, serenity and stress, love and jealousy that it always seems to have. These milestones serve as reminders to us that nature cycles within its patterns and that we strive to learn and grow with each new dawn.
A sunset in Boston glows in tangerine and gold. A lost love echoes with poignancy after twelve long years. A trekker struggles to the top of Kilimanjaro and soaks in the beauty. An auction bidder struggles to rein in her compulsions.
There are oriole chicks crying for their mother, a wife crying for help, an elderly woman remembering the ravages of World War II. A car dissolves into the wilderness of weeds, and a moon rises high over Zion.
Welcome to winter, and breathe in the blessing that comes with every new morn.< Less
The Autumn Equinox is the fulfilment of our dreams and the fruits of our labors. Farmer's markets are overflowing with succulent vegetables. Tangerine butterflies and golden leaves soothe our... More > soul.
Poetry celebrates this arrival of delight. We savor the beauty of painted skin, peer through the subtle wrapping of fog, and watch the shadows of ourselves walk before us.
Non-fiction soaks us into the world of a teenage girl's crush on her teacher. We hear about a joyful new addition to a family.
Fiction draws us along on twists and turns. A couple loses themselves in projects when life becomes too painful. A widow takes a fresh look at the world.
Bethany Hamilton is a beacon of bright, unadulterated joy for living. After a shark attack left her without her left arm, she could have retreated from the world. Instead she leapt back on her surfboard, took on every new challenge, and became an inspiration to us all. Her message to us - "I would encourage you to just LOVE LIFE!"< Less
Absorb the delicate beauty of the pink petals of a camellia. Bask in the golden glow of sun streaming through clouds. Sometimes nature wows us with a "super moon". Sometimes it is the... More > delicate tracery on the tiniest of insects.
Poetry paints images richer than life. Sifting dirt through fingers helps ease the clutter of the mind. A solitary cypress is lashed with sand and salt. Golden aster stretch along a bank drifting with mockingbird song.
Non-fiction reminds us of the power of nature. A family struggles against the raging Texas fires of 2011. Society can be even more harsh. A girl growing up in India is treated as a commodity, to be traded off at auction.
Fiction encourages us to treasure every moment. A brother and sister take in the final words of their beloved mother. An elderly woman looks back on her life with both appreciation and regret.
Our featured artist, Karen Noles, brings to life gorgeous images of Native Americans. She tells us, "everyone has their own unique gift."< Less