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3. Flowering in autumn

The path to the unknown.
The path to the unknown.

The touch of the infinite mystery passes over the trivial and the familiar, making it break out into ineffable music…  The trees, the stars, and the blue hills ache with a meaning which can never be uttered in words.

~ Rabindranath Tagore

Leaning in to the light.
Leaning in to the light.

Oh my, it is cold today.  Not as cold as some are experiencing, and the only snowflakes I’ve seen around here are this one:

You never know what you might find around here.
You never know what you might find when you go out for a walk.

It is blustery, and will get colder still as the day goes on and then into tonight and tomorrow.  I was going to write that I like snow with my cold, but I’ve seen what’s happening in upstate New York and know I should be careful about what I wish for, even if I don’t state it in the form of a wish.  (If you haven’t seen how much snow they’re getting up north, there is a slideshow here.)

Time to rest.
Time to rest.

The house is currently filled with the scent of freshly baked bread.  M had the dough rising before he left for work (he is the baker around here), and I finished it off by baking it.  Although I have the heat turned down to save energy (and dollars), the yeasty, bread-y aroma somehow makes the house feel warmer.

Sunlight and wind in the woods.
Sunlight and wind in the woods.

I’m taking my rest day today.  I have always associated Sundays with a day of rest (for obvious reasons, I suppose, or at least obvious to those with a Catholic/Christian upbringing).  I thought it time to change that because Sundays can be a day of work around the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.  Weekends are sometimes set aside for the projects M and I work on together which is how it has to be since M works Elsewhere during the week.  Fridays, on the other hand, I have mostly to myself, making them a good day for resting and pampering.

One leaf.
One leaf.

A couple of weeks ago I treated myself by buying the Osho Zen Tarot: The Transcendental Game Of Zen deck and a book to go with it.  I already have several tarot decks that I bought years and years ago, but the Osho Zen Tarot is different.  The Foreword in the book states that rather than a focus on predicting the future “the Zen approach to tarot aims to bring clarity and insight to the present moment.”  Of course I don’t need tarot cards to accomplish that, but the cards have been adding an interesting twist.

On a side note, before I get to the point:  I’m thinking about giving away some of my tarot decks.  I haven’t unpacked them since we’ve been here, and there are at least a few people I know who would be interested in one or two of those sets of cards.  I have this strange desire lately to start giving a whole bunch of stuff away.  I’d better do it while the desire is upon me because releasing or letting go has never seemed easier than it does right now.

Catching light.
Catching light.

I’ve been drawing one card a day (rather than laying out a reading), and today’s card is called Flowering (the Queen of Rainbows, the Rainbows in this deck replaces the traditional suit of Disks, Coins, or Pentacles). You can see and read about the card here (you’ll have to scroll down).  The separate book I purchased, Tarot in the Spirit of Zen: The Game of Life, appears to describe the cards by excerpting Osho’s talks. (I’m not sure about that because I haven’t found anything that definitively states this to be so, or maybe I missed it, but they sure read like his talks.)

The heart in the woods near sunset.
The heart in the woods near sunset.

The quoted talk that goes with the card Flowering is about enjoyment.

If you can enjoy even ordinary things of life, of course you will become capable of enjoying the extraordinary.  And the person who cannot enjoy the ordinary lacks the capacity to enjoy anything.  ~ Tarot in the Spirit of Zen

The greenhouse at sunset, appearing to be lit from within.
The greenhouse at sunset, appearing to be lit from within.

Osho talked about how “enjoying something is an art and this life is an opportunity to learn the art,” and this struck a chord with me this morning.  To understand why, you’ll need to read the end of the description of this card:

So you have to enjoy everything possible.  Go on finding ways to enjoy even things which seem on the surface unenjoyable.  If you search you will find some way to enjoy even the unenjoyable things.  And that’s the whole process of inner transformation.  A moment comes when you can enjoy everything.  That is the moment when light descends, when existence penetrates you — you are ready, your heart is ready. ~ Tarot in the Spirit of Zen

Let's check out the lagoon.
Let’s check out the lagoon.

You see, I started out the day trying to be Princess Cranky Pants.  I was awake for a good chunk of the night when I should have been asleep, and insomnia usually leaves me grouchy and ready to don my Princess Cranky Pants tiara, scepter, robe, and of course, the cranky pants, grouchy blouse, and grumpy shoes.  But every time I tried to work up a good head of grumpiness, I’d end up laughing at myself.

I blame it, in part, on the guided meditation I’ve been using for the past two weeks.  It’s on a CD that came with a Caroline Myss book I bought about ten years ago.  I didn’t use it much when I got it.  It dragged up intense emotions I must not have been ready to welcome at the time.  I tucked the CD away where it was forgotten, only to have it surface when I was unpacking some boxes recently.  Timing, they say, is everything, and the timing of finding this CD appears to be perfect because after two weeks of using it, I feel as if a storm blew through me, taking away some of the old hurts, fears, and anger, and now I’m all fresh and clear and sparkling new.  I’m not wording that correctly as I’m not sure how else to put it.  All that baggage didn’t just disappear.  I had to approach it with curiosity and find out all about it and welcome it as a part of me and… well, it’s difficult to explain so I’m giving up now before I make it even more confusing.

All about that light.
All about that light.

Well, I reckon that’s it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch for today.  Do you have any plans for the weekend?  I’m going to be working around here, and hope to find time to leave the ranch to go on a hike somewhere.  Our roller coaster weather will be bringing warm temperatures again on Sunday and Monday (they’re saying 70’s by Monday!).  Sunday, I think, will be a good day to hike.

Thank you for stopping by and joining me on another ramble.  Have a great weekend!

The hidden Buddha.
The hidden Buddha.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Today’s joys:  Lots of laughter; intensely joyful relaxation (sounds contradictory, but it’s not); listening to the wind sing; freshly baked bread; M, for being M.

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Robin is... too many things to list, but here is a start: an artist and writer; a photographer and saunterer; a daughter and sister and granddaughter; a friend, a partner, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother; a gardener, a great and imaginative cook, and the creator of wonderful sandwiches.

23 thoughts on “3. Flowering in autumn

  1. OH, your post touches me, Robin. What a special lesson in the card you drew today. I have a Japanese Tarot set also- which has been packed away for quite a few years. You are inspiring me to pull it out again, and perhaps to look into the book you mention. Thank you for tempting me in a new direction. Blessings to you, Robin, WG

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  2. I smiled when you mentioned the Caroline Myss meditation and how it makes you feel – it’s that whole ‘nothing changes but myself’ thing – everything is the same only the way we think about it and view it is different. I call that my daily miracle! I did not know there is an ‘Osho Zen Tarot’ that shall have to be looked into. I sometimes pull a card from one of my decks just to see what thought I should be working with today. It helps, especially on those days when I feel a little off kilter. But a ZEN deck sound pretty darn good to me!

    I looked at the photos of the snow ‘up north’ and goodness, that is a lot of snow! It seems awfully early to me, but I could be wrong. We are experiencing all the signs of not having another summer. Today is pouring with rain and quite cold – the kind of weather we might expect in May and June. The whole month has been variable with four seasons in one day and sunshine a rare event. Having said that, this is the first day puppy and I have not taken our walk!

    Enjoy your restful day!

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    1. Thank you, Pauline. 🙂 It is early for such heavy snowfall. Those north of us had a rough winter last year, and I’m hoping the early snow might mean that winter is getting it all out of his system now so they won’t have to go through another brutally cold season.

      I’m new to the Zen deck, but took to it right away. I had heard about the Osho deck years ago, but turned my nose up at it (figuratively speaking/writing) because it didn’t appeal to me at the time. Another example of a shift in attitude/perspective. 😀

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  3. I headed out for a short walk with my big furry girls – short because Bailey’s old bones and joints don’t like her to walk very far – but it is raining and getting windy. It was the wind, more than the rain, that blew me back in.
    I bought a Qi Gong DVD some time ago, with the full intent of starting it immediately. A friend once told me her house was full of good intentions. Perhaps I should go put that DVD on now. It would be an excellent new thing to start and what time is more perfect than winter? Maybe you’ve inspired me.

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    1. Go for it, Carol. 🙂 The great thing about pulling out this old stuff is that it doesn’t take long to figure out if you like it or not. I like how your friend put that. My house is full of good intentions, too. I’m going to start giving some of them away. Hopefully they’ll find homes where they’ll be put to use rather than sit around intending to be used.

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  4. Love your photos – the backlit leaves are precious.
    After years of insomnia, I no longer resist it. I try to see the good in it– it is quiet inside and out, the stars & moon cycles are amazing (when there are no clouds), I snuggle with my kitty, drink tea, read or write. It really is ME time, so I made friends with it. Of course, I can sleep later in the morning if I need to. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Eliza. 🙂 I’m starting to accept the awake nights, and have decided to learn to enjoy them. I do like having the extra reading time, and Izzy the Cat loves that she can keep my lap warm (or, more likely, she likes that I’m keeping her warm since she is a heat-seeker). The only thing I don’t care for is that we keep the heat turned down at night. The bed is so much warmer than the living room couch.

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      1. Ooh, cold house is not fun 😦 Sounds like you need to ask for a twin size down duvet for Christmas to keep you warm on the couch! 😉 Izzy will love it, too.
        I forget that not everyone has a wood stove to cozy up to – I throw in a few logs and it’s toasty in no time. I don’t think I would be as happy in winter without one. The bones need to bake!

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  5. I collect Tarot decks. I have about 33 right now but this one is not among them. I think I’ll have to check it out. I owe myself a gift and it sounds like it’s a deck I might just benefit from right now.

    I am charmed by the description of your Cranky Pants outfit! Priceless!

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  6. What an incredible post. It truly felt like a visit with a kindred spirit. First the slideshow of all that snow. Fun to look at from a place that doesn’t generally dump all that inconvenience. Then the mention of Osho’s Zen Tarot. I first found that book a few years ago at the library and it’s one of the few books I hang onto. It seems to come and go in my life as needed. The guidance has been invaluable for me. I don’t generally do the cards, but have fallen into a pattern of random readings. Carolyn Myss is another one we’ve shared. I think I have some of her CDs around here somewhere, but haven’t felt the urge to dive into her stuff lately. It certainly is amazing how certain books or CDs, etc come into our lives at times when we need them, or are ready to listen.
    Namaste dear heart… 🙂

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