Nature

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Show Up…

Show Up… …And just Be. That’s what Life does. If it’s good enough for Life, it’s most certainly good enough for (the illusory) me. When I stop, watch, and listen there’s a deep sense that it’s really this simple. We humans like to make things complicated. That’s different than ‘complex’, which is a series of simple systems built on top of each other. Nature is a huge teacher for me. I often recall our dog laying on the grass at the cabin: he and nature were just showing up. Neither of them asked why they were there, what their purpose

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Winter

Winter

It’s a love-hate relationship. I could say the struggle is between me and winter, but that would be a lie because wintertime is just doing what all seasons do, expressing life in their own way. The tension, and the ease, are within. Part of me contemns the cold, and the darkness. Simultaneously, I appreciate the tenderness in nature’s quiescent. She invites me to join her. Creation whispers, “Slow down, my boy. Be like the seeds preparing for rebirth. Nourishment and strength enroot in the repose.” And when I relent, accept, and embrace… She smiles. “That’s it, my son. Breathe. Feel

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Sitting on the edge of the bank

Breathing

‘Sitting on the Edge of the Bank’ It’s taper time. Keep the frequency, lower the volume. ・・・ Meditation & quiet time are as important now as always. Spending time in nature helps ground me: * grass moves in the breeze; * ducks graze for food; * and trees, well, they always just are. ・・・ I sit. The body breathes. Life moves (without the constructed seriousness that my mind projects). /Namaste.

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The author on a morning run.

Resiliency

What does resiliency really mean? Or perhaps more importantly, what is it I intend to relay with the concept? Basically, the ability to change shape as a result of internal or external drivers, and either return to original form or retain desirable modification. Think of water: * In liquid state it can flow, and reform, to fit any shape into which it’s poured; a bottle, a cup, or a teapot. It’s fluid. * In a gelatine-like state: it’s malleable in a way that it bends to stress but rebounds, i.e. after an insect glides along surface tension. It has structure.

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