When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive — to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
I am not sure where it is the wind is in such a rush to get to. It is coming from the north-north-west so one can safely assume it is headed south-south-east, and it appears to be in a hurry to get there. Today’s wind is blowing (sustained winds at about 15 mph), gusting (up to 20+ mph), rustling, and lashing. At sunrise, though, it was calm and still, clouds slowly moving from west to east, completely clearing out by the time M and I sat down to breakfast. The clouds have slowly returned throughout the day, thickening up from time to time.
I did a quick yoga practice this morning, followed by a heart-centered meditation in which you visualize yourself breathing in a healing light and then sending it back out into the world. Part of the visualization includes imagining your heart expanding and filling with compassion. This was not the first time I’ve done this meditation (or something similar to it). As you might recall, my word/theme for this year is loving-kindness, and loving-kindness meditations revolve around compassion and sending that compassion (loving-kindness) out to others, eventually encompassing all beings.
It was an emotional meditation for me this morning. I made the big mistake of looking at the news and seeing the latest tweets from, well, you-know-who, and let’s just leave it at that. There is a good reason why I don’t usually look at the news first thing in the morning, and that roller coaster ride in my head during meditation practice is one of those reasons. On the other hand, life is full of ups and downs of all kinds. The yoga mat and meditation cushion are a good place to deal with what comes up. Those practices won’t change the world, perhaps, but they may keep me from going off the rails.
Because it is so breezy, I took a long walk through the meadows this afternoon. M and I have finally made a decision regarding the conservation agreement and what we will do with the meadows. We will not be renewing the agreement. Spraying herbicides on several acres of land doesn’t feel like a good way to conserve it. There are other reasons as well, not all of them as altruistic as not wanting to poison our land and water. We are looking into forest management for one section, and we will mow (on our own) another section to leave as grassland because (and this is good news!) we have at least two coveys of quail (Northern Bobwhites) living out there.
I saw a lot of butterflies flitting around outside, too. I’m surprised at the number of monarchs we have this year. They were out in the meadows with the Painted Ladies and other butterflies enjoying the goldenrod in the more sheltered (from the wind) areas. I stopped by the garden of flowers and weeds (formerly known as the scrounger’s garden), and there were quite a few monarchs out there, too.
Our fall vegetable garden is doing well. Kale, Swiss chard, and lettuces are growing like gangbusters. We harvested a lot of greens today so I might make a green soup sometime this weekend to help use up some of it. Green soups can be labor intensive, but the deliciousness makes them well worth it.
Thank you so much for visiting today. I thought about joining the coffee chat, but I’m just beginning to get back in the swing of all things blogging. It’s probably best if I put that off for another week.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 341) Goldenrod dancing in the wind. 342) Being carried along by the wind at times while out for my walks today. 343) Breaking in a new pair of hiking boots without a blister to show for it (yet). 344) A good harvest of greens from the garden. 345) Homemade pizza for dinner tonight that will include fresh tomatoes and basil from our garden.