All of us, children and adults, are beautiful flowers. Our eyelids are exactly like rose petals, especially when our eyes are closed. Our ears are like morning glories listening to the sounds of birds. Our lips form a beautiful flower every time we smile. And our two hands are a lotus flower with five petals. The practice is to keep our “flowerness” alive and present, not just for our own benefit but for the happiness of everyone.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
I love the idea of practicing to keep our “flowerness” alive. Root, and bloom. Isn’t there some old saying about blooming or flowering where you’re planted? (I’m being lazy and not looking it up.)
‘Tis a warm (mid-80’s) and breezy day here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch. The bugs are taking over, but I did not let that keep me from taking a walk. In fact, I went trolling for deerflies this morning. You’ve never been trolling for deerflies? I’d like to say it’s great fun, but really, it’s not.
Back in the Bogs, M used to troll for deerflies using the garden tractor. You start with a blue cup or bowl. You spray it with sticky-tacky stuff (that’s my official name for it). Then, if you have a tractor, you attach the cup to the front of the tractor and drive around slowly, picking up deerflies as you move along. They are said to be attracted to the movement and the color blue. The sticky-tacky stuff captures them when they land on the cup, ready to cut (deerflies don’t bite; they cut into you).
We haven’t started the tractor here yet, so that means I have to troll for deerflies by walking around. I put the blue cup with the sticky-tacky stuff on a pole so it’s taller than me. Deerflies usually go for the head area and a moving blue cup on a pole apparently looks like a head to them. They aim for the tallest area.
The idea is to capture as many deeflies as you can while not getting bitten. Most will go for the fake head on the pole, but others are too clever by far and go for the real head beneath the hat. Trolling (killing) makes it possible to walk around without getting attacked. I walk around slowly in an area where I’d like to stop and take a photo, capturing deerflies until there are no more bothering me. Then I stick the pole in the ground, take the photo or photos, and move on to the next place.
It is impossible to stop and take pictures without trolling first. I’d get eaten alive. It is through trolling that I am able to get to the dock. The deerflies are particularly bad in the woods.
I hadn’t meant to write about trolling, but I guess it couldn’t be avoided. I wanted you to know how it is I can still manage to get outside. Trolling doesn’t help with the noseums, though, so I still need a solution for that. Any ideas or suggestions? I did buy some netting to put over my head, but that won’t keep noseums out because they’re very tiny.
While out trolling, I got to pondering the possibility of another commitment to get outside every day. For a year. (For those of you new to my blog or blogs, I did this back in 2010-2011. You can find the short version of that year posted here.) I already know it will be far too easy for me to give up on my daily walks. I have the perfect excuses: Heat, humidity, and insects.
It’s a bother to go outside. It’s work. Even getting prepared to go outside is work, almost more work than preparing to go outside on a below freezing, snowy day in the Bogs. You can see how I might persuade myself on a hot, sticky, insect-filled day, that it’s not worth the bother or the work.
I won’t start the commitment now (although I should). Perhaps on the Solstice, but more likely I’ll stick with my usual Autumn Equinox date because I’m still in the midst of my year-long meditation commitment. You’d never know it by how little I mention it. I haven’t brought it up lately because I’ve been rushing through my seated meditation every day for the past few months. That’s not a good way to meditate. Now that things have settled, I hope to settle, too. To give myself the time and space to meditate as I would like.
Well, I’m running late with just about everything today so I should wrap this up. Thank you for stopping by, and joining me on another walk. At least it didn’t rain today. Yesterday we had an incredible (amazing!) downpour. A half inch of rain fell in less than five minutes. I’ve never seen anything like it before.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂