Day of Hearts
The first edition of this card was created for Valentine's Day over 10 years ago. This second edition is our first project combining letterpress and inkjet printing techniques--a fun collaboration. The poems by Hildegard of Bingen, Teresa of Avila and Mirabai will enlighten and enliven your heart. May your every day be a Day of the Heart.
giving life to all life,
moving all creatures,
root of all things,
washing them clean,
wiping out their mistakes,
healing their wounds,
you are our true life,
awakening the heart,
from its ancient sleep.
Hildegard of Bingen
Her heart is full of joy with love,
For in the Lord her mind is stilled.
She has renounced every selfish attachment
And drawn abiding joy and strength from the One within.
She lives not for herself but lives
To serve the Lord of Love in all,
And swims across the sea of life
Breasting its rough waves joyfully.
Saint Teresa of Avila
O my friends,
What can you tell me of Love,
Whose pathways are filled with strangeness?
When you offer the Great One your love,
At the first step your body is crushed.
Next be ready to offer your head as his seat.
Be ready to orbit his lamp like a moth giving in to the light,
To live in the deer as she runs toward the hunter's call,
In the partridge that swallows hot coals for love of the moon,
In the fish that, kept from the sea, happily dies.
Like the bee trapped for life in the closing of the sweet flower,
Mira has offered herself to the Lord.
She says, the single lotus will swallow you whole.