The place is humming with the sound of love. In the kitchen, along the meditation path, in the barn tiny transformations are taking place.
Amida's presence is tasted in the walnuts in the cake that was baked this morning. The walnuts were collected last Autumn and lovingly processed and placed in the freezer. Amida's love is seen in the snails, spiders, and slugs going about their business as we walk slowly and calmly around them along the meditation path in the middle of glorious nature. Amida's warmth is felt in the barn as we cut and stack tiny logs to be used in our woodstoves when the weather is bitter and cold outside.
We need food to give us energy to collect the firewood and to keep us healthy while living on this beautiful earth. We need firewood to heat the house when the weather outside is cold and wet. We need so many things to live comfortably and healthily.
Thank goodness Amida's presence is felt for without Amida's nourishing love and pervasive warmth we would surely perish.