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Catrien Ross on Japan’s Cherry Blossoms and Blooming In Your Own Time

April 1st, 2018 - No Comments
Catrien Ross on Japan's Chery Blossoms

Blooming in Your Own Time

 
Across Japan the cherry blossom front advances.

From the south’s first blush in late March to the north’s last glorious burst in mid-May, region after region unfurls in pink and white delight.

As news stations nationwide follow and report the daily sakura movement, the Japanese make ready their hanami, or cherry blossom viewing celebrations.

Everyone, everywhere, participates.

Hours before the evening revelries begin, companies send employees out to stake a crucial spot in nearby parks.

Under a favorite cherry tree, of course.

As food and drink begin to flow, such after-hours partying becomes a hanami glow of happiness.
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Catrien Ross on Giving the Light in Your Wound Time to Work

March 11th, 2018 - 4 Comments
Catrien Ross on Giving the Light in Your Wound Time to Work

The Light in Your Wound

 

The words of Rumi, the Persian poet and mystic, give an instant lift: “The wound is the place where the light enters you.”

But the painful reality of wounds is that the light needs time to do its work.

When the wound is profound, like grief at the loss of someone you love, the darkness does not brighten at once.

Instead, the light works in ways you do not know and for a time cannot even feel.

Daily life continues, of course.

You take care of your tasks. You walk. You talk.

But the dance has gone out of your rhythms.

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Dr. Hans Laetz – Catrien Ross Obon Letter:Cucumber Horse, Eggplant Cow & All Our Memories

August 16th, 2015 - No Comments

Dr. Hans Laetz Obon with Catrien Ross, 2015

August 13-16, 2015
Obon Letter for Dr. Hans G. Laetz from Catrien Ross

Dear Hans:

In Japan, it is Obon, the August 3-day festival of the dead.

So I am grateful for this unusual way to honor your returning spirit.

I especially want to observe this first Obon since your death last year – your so-called nibon.

At the front door, a lighted fire points the way, welcoming and guiding your spirit here.

Cucumber and eggplant have been picked fresh from the garden and your spirit animals stand ready.

The cucumber horse serves to carry your spirit here as swiftly as possible.

Your departure on the eggplant cow is meant to be much slower, a reluctant leaving when Obon is over.
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