Spinning Wildly in Wonder

Rose Heart by Tamara Magnitsky
Rose Heart by Tamara Magnitsky

Welcome to LOVE week!

Love – A feeling of deep affection and personal attachment. Affectionate concern for the well-being of others.

Ahh Love. It does make the world go ’round, eh?

When Tamara sent her photo over I immediately had to ask… “How did you do it?” I just couldn’t fathom that the rose would naturally grow that way. As I thought about it I realized that my relationship with love was the very same way. I’ve always thought of love as a verb. Something that requires action and even commitment to be fully realized, and while this is in fact true for me, there are nuances of love magically available even without my provocation.

January helps bring those nuances to the fore:

“Let’s call it love” by January Handl

Unseen strength,
quiet whispers,
engulfing waves
scarred hearts,
wounded souls,
limited bodies,
We have this gift to offer,
and in offering, to receive

The world would still be unbearably beautiful,
bewilderingly cruel,
unaccountably complex,
strikingly simple,
and worth the journey through a lifetime
without it

when unwrapped
without censure
or expectations of control
sends this rare and stunning existence
spinning wildly in wonder
beyond our capabilities to explain,

We can only revel in gratitude for the experience

A rose can “just grow that way” and Love may spin “wildly in wonder beyond our capabilities to explain.” This week our Bliss Initiative is to be open to love’s nuances. The sweet linger of a touch, the giggle of a child, the calm safety of home, a favorite food shared.

Love is all around. How will you feel it?


Tamara and January are here each Monday to help set the mood for the week!

Tamara Magnitsky

Tamara Magnitsky, a child of the wild blue yonder,
has been an ardent student and advocate for poetry, photography and excellence in general.
She is the mother of a 6 year old daughter and a beloved wife.
She can be found most days.

Bio written by Cary Brosius ~Tamara’s husband  🙂


January Handl

January Handl is first and always a mother, has been a preschool teacher and parent educator for 25 years. She is currently the Director/head teacher at Gazebo Park School, and lives at Esalen Institute in Big Sur. She lives simply in awe of existence.

She calls her photo “hot tub bliss”  🙂

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