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Thursday, April 2, 2020

DAY-O

"Time is like the wind, it lifts the light and leaves the heavy."
~ Domenico Cieri Estrada ~

The day starts fresh and bright,
and like the morning,
I feel new, ready for anything.
The afternoon is sweet
and stretching.
And then, evening comes,
And my energy drains with the light.

I cycle through the hours, then gratefully, rest. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

A CHANCE AT PEACE

"The mind of man is often like a house of which he is the landlord; 
bad tenants are more easily admitted than removed."
~ James Lendall Basford ~

If we can quiet our minds, 
or, 
at the very least, 
stop identifying with the stories that our thoughts create, 
then we have a chance at peace.
And if we cannot,
then, 
we
are 
at their mercy.

I let thoughts pass across the screen of my mind like clouds in the sky. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

VIRTUAL REALITY

"Don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous."
~ Rumi ~

Virtual reality has its limits. Interacting with people online is better than not interacting at all, for sure, but nonetheless, misses all the beautiful subtleties of expression and body language, and the smooth flow of conversation. Zoom calls can be choppy and jarring.
     And so, while I'm grateful for online meetings, and classes, and the opportunity to connect, I miss being together live.

I gracefully accept that this is a time of limited access.

Monday, March 30, 2020

COVID-19

"How strange is this combination of proximity and separation. 
That ground- seconds away- thousands of miles away."
~ Charles A. Lindbergh ~

Due to a new state order prohibiting public gatherings until June 10th, 
We have no choice but to postpone my daughter's wedding- 
The one we have been planning for over a year. 
What a strange new world we are living in.

I stay conscious, and remain flexible.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

IN THE FACE OF OUR PLANS

"Linger not in your sorrows. You do not belong there."
~ Dodinsky ~

Quite a few of the small trees I transplanted have died and needed to be pulled up, and after carefully and thoroughly spreading grass seed and straw over the weekend, wind came and lustily blew the straw out of order so it was a race to get it wet and held in place before the next sweeping gust came. Both of these are examples of life happening in the face of my best plans, and neither particularly easy to take, and yet, there they are and what can be done?

     Learning to travel with the cosmic flow is good medicine for all of life's little road blocks and re- directions. 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

THE INSISTENCE OF THOUGHT

"'Tis the great art of life to manage well the restless mind."
~ John Armstrong ~

The nature of mind is fickle, and fearful.
It worries and frets.
It gnaws at us obsessively.
is noisy and nosey,
arrogant,
vengeful,
egotistical,
and 
sharp.
Its favorite activity is to dangle juicy thoughts in front of us
in the hope that it will 
hook us like bait. 

I watch the play of my mind with detached amusement.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

TOO MUCH

"If you must be in a hurry, then let it be according to the old adage, and hasten slowly."
~ Saint Vincent de Paul ~

We need just the right amount of stimulation to satisfy our sense of curiosity.
More than that stresses us out. 

"More" is generally not the answer. 
I slow down and appreciate the details of the moment.