Bonsai in Japanese stands for “goodwill.” This white pine is the oldest bonsai in our National Arboretum. A tree that has been cared for with utter simplicity and purity of aesthetic ideals. About 400 years old. A gift of a master bonsai artist after he had experienced the bomb explosion of Hiroshima. Beholding this masterpiece of nature, human care, and artistry entails a certain simplicity on the part of the viewer. At the National Arboretum this entire garden area is a spiritual place.
By two wings we are lifted up from things earthly: by simplicity and purity.
Thomas à Kempis
Simplicity and purity are deeply related. Oddly, at first, the more profound sense of purity has very little to do with the purity codes of Biblical accounts. Purity emerges from a simplicity granting us freedom to live in accord with what yields life in love and concern for others. Living is brighter in this mode. Goodwill emerges.
Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
Curt is on vacation. Blogs during this period will be simple points encouraging the spiritual journey. Curt