Just Like Flowers by Kisshomaru Ueshiba

The red plums in our yard are now in full bloom. Their redness is very striking to the eyes. There are flowers blooming all year round in the yard. In March and April alone, daphne, forsythia, camelias, Japanese quince and lilacs continue in bloom. On top of that it is very pleasant to hear the clear sound of the nightingale in concert with other birds.
Following the early morning practice when I am sitting meditating with some 100 students, the song of the nightingale makes us all forget we are in the middle of a city. Such purity and clarity strike us as a beautiful thing.

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