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14. In the morning light

Morning shimmers and shines.

Mind is very cunning; it is never simple.  The heart is never cunning; it is always simple.  To be simple means shifting from the head to the heart.

We live through the head.  That’s why our life becomes more and more complicated, more and more like a jigsaw puzzle.  Nothing seems to fit.  And the more we try to be clever, the more in a mess we are.  That has been our history: We have gone more and more insane.  Now the whole earth is almost like a madhouse.  The time has come, if humanity is to survive at all, for a great shift to happen: We have to move from the head to the heart.  Otherwise, the head is ready to commit suicide.  It has created so much misery and so much boredom and so many problems that suicide seems the only way out.  The whole earth is preparing for suicide.  It is going to be a global suicide, unless a miracle happens.

And this is going to be the miracle — if it happens, this is the miracle — there will be a great shift, a radical change, in our very outlook: We will start living from the heart.  We will drop the whole universe of the mind, and we will start afresh like small children.

Live from the heart.  Feel more, think less, be more sensitive and less logical.  Be more and more heartful, and your life will become sheer joy.

~ Osho, Everyday Osho, Day 92

Autumn light.

I am in love with autumn’s light.  I always have been, especially in the sunrise and sunset hours when both the light and shadows stretch out across the landscape.  I love the fog that drifts over the meadows and lifts over the pond, dancing in the sunlight.

The ethereal (and ephemeral, now that I think about it).

Today was not as early a morning as it has been on the previous mornings throughout the early days of my Forty Early Mornings journey.  I was up in time to catch the sunrise and to see the sunbeams as they cut through the misty fog that rose up out of the meadows.  I had a restless night, and needed the extra sleep.  Some nights are like that.

One of the twins and Little Doe, taken on Sunday evening. They are starting to turn a darker color. I didn’t know they did that, but it makes sense that they would want to put on colors that more closely match a winter landscape.

M, who was up before me, said he saw the deer (Little Doe and her twins) as well as a fox.  Lucky him.  I usually see the Three Amigos, some crows, and Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal.  Not that there’s anything wrong with seeing birds.  But it would be nice to see the fox.

The other twin. (The other is standing behind her mum.)

I had to shorten my yoga and meditation practices this morning.  I am in the midst of the fast-mimicking diet I’ve mentioned a few times.  Due to social obligations and other things, I had to put off my autumn fast until this week.  Today is day 2 and boy, am I hungry!  It really isn’t too bad, though, because I do get to eat and the food I’ve been eating is food I like.  I had a miso-vegetable soup for lunch today, and will be having vegetarian chili for dinner.  I learned yesterday that it helps to save the meditation until afternoon.  If I’m spending time doing that, I am less likely to be thinking about rooting around in the fridge with the desire to eat all of the food.

Meadow-light.

The quote I picked for today actually picked me.  It seems appropriate for these times, but maybe it seems appropriate for all times given how some of us humans tend to be and act.  On a singular, personal level, it’s also appropriate for me.  The more I live from the heart, the less I live from the mind, the more joyful life seems to be.  I don’t know why I keep forgetting that lesson.  I learned it when I quit smoking (which you might think is odd, but it’s true).  It’s the way to keep the monkey mind quiet or, if not quiet, it becomes background noise that doesn’t mean much.  The monkey mind is, after all, the mind and the mind, my mind (since I can’t speak for anyone else), apparently prefers drama over joy.  Daily meditation and yoga practices are helping a lot with this (and other things, such as anxiety over current events).  I highly recommend it.

Dawn winks at us through the dewdrops.

That said, I woke up to yesterday’s events and found that my heart felt almost broken into pieces, in pain that we can do this to each other, and that a handful of mostly white men have decided it’s okay for people to do this to each other.  If they thought otherwise, they might change the laws to make this sort of thing more difficult.  After Sandy Hook, the U.S. decided it was okay to kill our children so I suppose none of this should surprise me or break my heart.  Yet it did, and it’s good that it did.  I don’t ever want to be immune from compassion or from tears.

My wish, my hope, is that we all start living more from the heart.  I am probably preaching to the choir here.  I know that many of you already do.  Perhaps if enough of us do, it will spread to others.

Yesterday’s rose in the dark bloomed in the light.

On that note, thank you so much for visiting again.  Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.

A shared sunset.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  346)  Sharing sunrises and sunsets, and all the other beautiful gifts this world offers us when we take the time to look.  347)  Another gorgeous autumn day.  348)  All the good in the world.  I like to think it outweighs the bad, and that it will prevail.  349)  Songs of the heart.  350)  Learning to be more heartful.

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, yoga teacher, sometime poet, wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She shares her daily walks and meanders, a lot of quotes, some of her artwork, and a lot of her photography here on Ye Olde Blogge. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are (still!) in the midst of renovating the house and cleaning up the 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.

24 thoughts on “14. In the morning light

  1. I still believe each one of us doing what we can to spread peace and also to help (say, by volunteering) in our communities, is the best remedy and medicine. I was shocked at no longer being shocked by these things, and that makes me sad, along with the tragedy of it all. And it wasn’t until I embraced the sadness that, again, is visiting that I was able to breathe again.

    More meditiation (erroneously written the first time here as medication… my mind apparently listening to my heart on that one). More breathing. … … ..

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  2. It is our work isn’t it Robin, to stand witness to this insanity and yet still to maintain an inner peace. Sometimes it seems almost impossible! Osho’s words are harsh, but so true! I have been accompanied by the words of the great playwright Christopher Fry from ‘A Sleep of Prisoners’. These final words of the play, spoken before the stage is plunged into darkness ring in my heart and mind and soul so often these days ‘……Where are you making for? It takes so many thousand years to wake, But will you wake for pity’s sake!’ Breathe, breathe, breathe! xoxo

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        1. It’s not so bad since I am eating (just not eating much). Breakfasts have been a piece of whole wheat toast with a boiled egg (or grilled tomato w/poached egg). Lunch is usually a salad, sometimes with avocado, dressed with olive oil & lemon juice. Most of the calories are in the dinners (soups, vegetarian chili) which I appreciate because it means I don’t go to bed hungry.

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  3. Yes, to autumn light, to quiet mornings with deer and fox sightings, and to peace.
    I’m with you and the commenters above. Surprised and shocked; not surprised or shocked–both. Sad that these events have become common place.

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  4. I love the opening quote, so perfect. I’ve been thinking of the wisdom of Eckhard Tolle, Thich Nhat Hanh, among others. We need to make sense of things and the Osho quote makes good sense to me. I’ve been moving slowly towards integrating these lessons and living intuitively, through the heart. I’d like to believe that by being the change we wish to see in the world, we will effect change. It may seem small, but a ripple effect and a wellspring of change starts with one small step. Pray that more and more of us take it.
    I walked all through my yard and gardens this morning, absorbing the gentle purpose of those who share my world, the bees, butterflies and birds. So grounding. I followed up with a combo yoga/qi gong session at the waterfall which set me to rights. 🙂

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    1. I believe that too, Eliza (about being the change). Your walk sounds so wonderful. I need to get back outside again (beyond the porch and the front walkway). I’ve been avoiding it because of the insects. The mosquitoes and chiggers continue to be awful, and I hate to have to spray with repellent. I’ll have to get over that if I want to go see all the butterflies that are out and about. I will make that my challenge for tomorrow: Get out to the meadows. 🙂

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    1. Mine too, Carol. I don’t know if there is hope for us or not. I want to think there is, in spite of some of the evidence to the contrary. I think the good outweighs the bad, but we just don’t get exposed to it as much.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. 🙂 They say it’s best to meditate in the early morning (and again in the evening if you’re doing it twice a day), but for me the afternoon worked well because it kept me from wanting to snack while I was on the fast-mimicking diet.

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