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11. The wind is in a hurry today

When night and day greet each other.

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

Looking west through the window created by the trees.

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.

Rising light.

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.

This is my favorite time of the morning, when the sky seems to glow with what I think of as the light and colors of joy.

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.

A brightness nestled within the dark.

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.

Inner glow.

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.

Three.

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.

Morning brilliance in the garden of flowers and weeds.

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.  🙂

I’m not sure what this is. It’s growing next to the Beautyberry.

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.

Beauty in the meadow.

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

12 thoughts on “11. The wind is in a hurry today

  1. We are just back from an early Sunday morning walk Robin. No wind for us, a soft, sunny, calm morning. It was a meditation in itself! I cut my stretching and so forth short this morning, in order to get out into the morning before the world woke up and got busy too. I may do some extra time to atone for my lack of diligence later this evening – but then again I may not. I have a busy day ahead playing chief advisor and main assistant to my daughters living room do-over…….

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  2. Beautiful morning clouds, Robin. We’ve had rain all day that started in the night. We really needed it as we were so dry. The stream was down to nothing but a trickle. 3/4″ isn’t much, but has given some relief to the plants.
    Your Mystery flower is Verbena bonariensis. It is a self-sowing annual.
    25 minutes practice today (my balance postures are improving noticeably), followed by a chilly walk with the dog. It never got above 50 today. Hubby made a fire this morning, which was a welcome surprise. Pretty soon it’ll be a constant chore, but I do love that warmth!

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    1. Thank you, Eliza, especially for identifying my mystery flower. We were talking about firing up the wood stove last night, but decided to wait. As you said it’s a constant chore. Plus we’ll be back in the 80’s later this week.
      We need some rain, too. The last tropical system (Maria) didn’t bring any rain with her and things are getting dry.

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  3. It was windy today, but hopefully that means Autumn’s moving in and summer is truly on its way out. I’m ready for changing leaves.

    I can’t watch the news anymore. I check in. I read online occasionally, but sometimes, I just need a break. It’s overwhelming sometimes if consumed too much these days.

    The coffee chat host is taking a wee break, a few weeks previous and again this week. I’m going to start a weekly blog linkup after my vacation and return to normal, on October 13. Maybe you’ll share your lovely words and photos there.

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      1. Robin, yes. I’ll turn on the TV, see his face, and simply say, as the kids do, “I can’t even” and turn it off. 🙂 October 13 for the new linkup. Deets to come. Have a fantastic non-newsy week!

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  4. The wind is always in a hurry. Guess she’s the always late or always early gal?
    Your leaves’ image is glowing – and that striking Butterly one.
    We’ve got a bit of drizzle today with promise of rain tomorrow – it is getting dry again.
    Oh, I miss the bobwhites in the morning. Thanks for protecting them.

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