You are present in all things, Shiva, down to the quarks & electrons of existence. i ponder this as i consider the nature of the bi-valve oyster & mussel. these sea & freshwater beings make glowing pearls from irritants which enter their shells. they enclose the discomfort in smoothly cool soothing nacre, pale & opalescent & humans value these pearls greatly, finding them to be healing & peaceful to touch. perhaps pearls demonstrate that all problems & irritants are but the seeds of blessings, the potential to create lambent beauty & wonder from a most unlikely source. pearls are born from the suffering of creatures, yet they bring calm sustenance to the heart. perhaps somewhere divine devic beings are uplifted by the beauty that we can cultivate from our challenges & adversity as we bring gentle compassion to surround our sorrows & pain while we forgive ourselves into grace & harmony. we bring joy to the overseeing angels & devas who cheer us on to create shining pearls of beauty from our sincere urge to be whole & complete within, at peace. ah Shiva! all that i am is Yours, whether lustrous nacre or thickly darkened dust: i withhold nothing. i am completely Yours in all ways for i myself come from You. whether tears of joy or tears of sorrow: all are the primal seeds of pearls for Shiva. thus the suffering of life transforms into the cultivation of beauty's soft glow.