Peace is this moment without judgment. That is all. This moment in the Heart-space Where everything that is is welcome.
~ Dorothy Hunt
It’s another one of those gray November days. Rain and chilly weather are on the way. We are sandwiched in between a warm front and a cold front as I type. The cold front will win (dipping us down into the 20’s by early Monday morning) but there might be some bluster about it. Thunderstorms are in the forecast for us, snow in the Midwest. This is November, without a doubt.
I don’t really have anything to write about today so I will probably resort to the words of others.
Every instant is a new universe.
~ Joan Tollifson, Nothing to Grasp
I caught a cold somewhere along the way this week. It’s not a good time to have a cold, but I don’t suppose any time is a good time to have a cold. I’m getting ready for another adventure. It would be nice if this is a short-lived cold.
Do you know that even when you look at a tree and say, `That is an oak tree’, or `that is a banyan tree’, the naming of the tree, which is botanical knowledge, has so conditioned your mind that the word comes between you and actually seeing the tree? To come in contact with the tree you have to put your hand on it and the word will not help you to touch it.
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
I think people who don’t know the woods very well sometimes imagine it as a kind of undifferentiated mass of greenery, an endless continuation of the wall of trees they see lining the road. And I think they wonder how it could hold anyone’s interest for very long, being all so much the same. But in truth I have a list of a hundred places in my own town I haven’t been yet. Quaking bogs to walk on; ponds I’ve never seen in the fall (I’ve seen them in the summer – but that’s a different pond). That list gets longer every year, the more I learn, and doubtless it will grow until the day I die. So many glades; so little time.
~ Bill McKibben, Wandering Home
This morning I sat down to draw a mandala. I drew the circles and the lines. Then I sat for a while, pondering what to do with the circles and lines. What should I draw today?
The answer turned out to be nothing. I think my brain must be as clogged as my sinuses because writing is going more or less the same way. When I ask myself what I wish to write about, the answer turns out to be nothing.
That’s okay. There is nothing wrong with a quiet walk in the woods and the swamp.
Thank you for taking a short hike with me today. The photos are from two different hikes in two different parks (Janes Island State Park and Pocomoke River State Park). I don’t think we’ll see the sunset today, but if that changes, I’ll meet you on the dock. Sunset is scheduled for 4:57 PM. We should probably arrive at least twenty minutes before that. It’s going to be damp, windy, and chilly so you’ll want to dress warmly.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 936) Afternoon naps on rainy days. 937) Creamy, spicy pumpkin soup for dinner. 938) The bones of the trees beginning to be visible. 939) A young buck (white-tailed deer) stopping by for a visit this morning. 940) The rainbow colors of the leaves on the sweet gum trees.