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Springing in

Water dragon.

A Purification
by Wendell Berry

At start of spring I open a trench
in the ground. I put into it
the winter’s accumulation of paper,
pages I do not want to read
again, useless words, fragments,
errors. And I put into it
the contents of the outhouse:
light of the sun, growth of the ground,
finished with one of their journeys.
To the sky, to the wind, then,
and to the faithful trees, I confess
my sins: that I have not been happy
enough, considering my good luck;
have listened to too much noise;
have been inattentive to wonders;
have lusted after praise.
And then upon the gathered refuse
of mind and body, I close the trench,
folding shut again the dark,
the deathless earth. Beneath that seal
the old escapes into the new.

Extreme social distancing.

How are you doing today?  I hope all is well with you and your loved ones.  M and I are still hanging out here at the ranch with Izzy and Bella (the cats).  It feels like the weekend to me, probably because M is home.  I think it confuses the cats somewhat, too, who are not expecting him to be here all the time.  Bella, who worships M, is happy to have him so close all day long.  Izzy, who is more OCD than I am, is freaked by any change in schedule or circumstances, but she’ll get over it quickly enough by sleeping the usual 18 hours (maybe not that long but it sure seems that way).

A throwback Thursday: When Izzy and Bella were young. (2007)

We woke up to clouds this morning.  It rained sometime overnight.  I didn’t hear the rain which is highly unusual.  I’m a fairly light sleeper.  I think motherhood made me that way and, even though I am long past the days of needing to listen for my children in the wee hours of the night, the listening has still been with me in some form.  In these strange times, good sleep is returning to me.  Maybe it’s my body’s way of keeping me safe and healthy during a time when it’s most needed.  Whatever the reason, I am grateful for it.

Buds on the dappled willow tree.

Even with the good sleep, I’m feeling unsettled.  Restless.  It’s a rebelliousness of sorts.  I jokingly tell people that I have been training for this my entire life, especially the physical isolation.  I spend a lot of time on my own out here in the Middle of Nowhere.  I’m used to it.  Or so I thought.  Now that we are not supposed to be out and about among people, I suddenly want to be out and about among people.  There are ways to do that and maintain physical distance.  Going to the Point, for instance.  Or going out to Assateague.

Rays of sunshine in the grass.

I noticed, too, that I’m not doing All The Right Things (as I generally think of them).  A day or two before last week’s colonoscopy, when I was on clear liquids only, I took time off, thinking I’d start up the morning routine (exercise, meditation, yoga, etc.) after the procedure.  I didn’t.  All The Right Things are truly all the things I should be doing to help with feeling unsettled.  I gave up challenges a little while back, but I’m thinking it might be time for one.  A challenge to meditate every day for 40 days.  Or to do my yoga practice every day for 40 days.  Or something of the sort.  Would anyone like to join me in something of that nature?  Let me know in the comments.

Speaking of yoga, the Yoga Darsana class has been on spring break for a week or two.  It’s possible the break will run longer.  The teacher has been in Turkey.  Hopefully she will be able to return tomorrow as planned and classes will resume on Monday.  It will be good to return to both the studying and the little community we’ve formed.  Mostly, I wish her safe travels.  The classes can wait if need be.  (It’s all online, by the way.)

Daylilies popping up. The peonies are, too.

My stylist (hairdresser — what is the term these days?) called yesterday.  They’re closing the shop until the end of the month.  I was scheduled for a haircut next week.  I offered to pay for the appointment because I was going to cancel it anyhow, but she said no, she’ll be fine.  I’ll check on her again in a week or two, depending on what our government decides to do in terms of bailing out the people who need it most.  This is going to be a really difficult time for small businesses and those who work in small businesses.  Let’s do everything we can to help them out, please.

Opening to the light and to spring.

A clean-up at the Point has been cancelled along with some other events.  Our little Keep America Beautiful affiliate has plans for April.  I’m not sure what will happen.  The clean-up was one of the things we intended to participate in.  Keep America Beautiful has cancelled their Great American Clean-Up.  That doesn’t mean we can’t still get out there and pick up litter.  We just have to do so safely (which is the case no matter what else is happening in the world!).  M and I pick up on the road that runs by our home, and we do the same when we go out to the Point.

Flowering.

I reckon that’s more than enough for me today.  Let’s meet out at the Point for sunset, with the appropriate distancing, of course.  Sunset is scheduled for 7:15 PM.  It’s warm today, with a high of 70°F expected.  A light jacket will probably suffice.

Be good, be kind, be love.  And please, stay safe and well.  ♥♥♥

Sunset on the beach at the Point.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  1,266)  Watching the clouds clear out this afternoon and the sunlight sparkling on the water.  1,267)  Daffodils.  1,268)  Herbal teas.  There is something soothing about them.  1,269)  Pasta for lunch.  Comfort food in general.  1,270)  The purring of cats.  There is something soothing about that, too.

Peaceful evening.

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.

25 thoughts on “Springing in

  1. You know, Robin…sometimes we don’t have to do anything. Being in nature as you are so fortunate to be surrounded by, sitting, walking being still, may be better than any structured activity – meditation or yoga. Those are awesome and we can enjoy them as we feel we want/need. I have come through a very dark period in the last year in which none of what fed my soul worked. Not meditation, yoga or much writing. Nature, being still, contemplating what is…none of what I thought I was “supposed to be doing”. Take care…and be well, dear Robin. 🙏🏻💕

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    1. Thank you so much, Carrie. I appreciate what you’re saying and ordinarily, I’d agree. There are times to do nothing, or to allow the practice to be whatever we show up to do (or what shows up for us). I am, however, sliding into what I think of as the Abyss. I can do the things that help with that (exercise, yoga, etc.) or I can call the doctor to see about medication (something I’ve never had to do because All The Right Things, done consistently, have done their job). Interestingly, blogging is helping immensely. It’s more than a distraction. It’s the connection (with wonderful people like you!). ❤

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      1. I agree with you on the connection here!! I consider writing (especially in this wonderful supportive space) to be a wonderful way to be connected while we physically distance from other humans. We know by our experience here, that this is a community of open hearts and minds. I’m grateful to have this connection. Take very good care of yourself, dear Robin. ❤️

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  2. I’m not a fan of ‘have to’s’ either Robin. I’m not a social butterfly by nature, but tell me I can’t be and that’s what I’m going to have an urgent desire to be. I believe it’s called ‘bloodymindedness’ 🙂 I also don’t commit long term – or even short term – to anything any more. I make a list of things to do if I have a lot that I want to get done, and that’s about as far as my forward planning goes. But mostly it’s less about doing and more about being – which I see as a bit of a reward for having managed to stay alive for over 70 years 🙂 But I hope you find a pal or two to keep you company on your programme – accountability helps a lot doesn’t it in these things.

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    1. Thank you, Pauline. 🙂 Bloodymindedness. That made me laugh for some reason. Probably because it applies to me so well. I understand about being more than doing, and that’s normally where I’d like to be, but I am in need of some structure lately (and the endorphins that come with exercise!). Otherwise, I might continue to kind of flail about.

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  3. I’m drawing from the endless reserve of Nature’s healing energy, so grateful to live where I do and able to walk by the river and in the fields and woods. Birds are beginning their spring calls in earnest, the world is awakening. It gives me such solace to see that life is ongoing and we’ll get through this, no matter what. Virtual hugs to you, Robin!

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    1. Thank you so much, Eliza. Hugs back. I, too, am drawing from Nature’s reserves but Mother Nature reminded me that I have some of my own healing remedies, if I would just use them. She can’t be expected to do all of my heavy lifting. 😀 Spring has gathered a lot of momentum here over the past few days. All kinds of things blooming and budding. The wild cherries have just about leafed out.

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  4. Beautiful, beautiful pictures. Especially love those little kitty faces. Right now, the whole world is at sixes and sevens. And rightly so. The pandemic should be taken seriously, and I fear our country will be more like Italy than Taiwan. We all handle this in different ways. Eliza heads outside. I read and write. Some people will knit and crochet. Or do Yoga. Or binge watch favorite shows. Here is what I wrote to a group of friends: “As for emotions…don’t deny them. They will have their way no matter what you do. Acknowledge the fear, grief, and panic you are feeling. Then, of course, do what you must do to keep things going.”

    Stay safe, be well.

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  5. Lovely photos as always. Me and Mr. Turtle have been living the life — now everybody’s doing it! I know someone feeling rebellious in the same way — wanting to go out because we’re told not to. I’m sure that’s challenging. There are tons of stuff online, which helps. Last night, the Indigo Girls did a live concert for an hour and a half. Tonight I’m going to watch a live poetry reading. Sounds True is offering meditation and other resources for free (got an email this morning — good company, if you don’t know them already). It’s unsettling at times, but once the shock wears off, it gets easier, I think. My shock started weeks ago when I first started reading about it so I’m fine now, just watching everybody I know catch up to me where I’ve been for a while now, waiting. 🙂

    Hi, cute kitties!

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    1. I wish my shock would wear off, Tara. Like you, I’ve been watching this come, waiting for others to catch up to me. I’m not psychic or prophetic, but the patterns are pretty clear (and I know some good scientists). I might be getting to that point, of the shock passing. I noticed my body-mind can’t stay at high alert forever. Eventually acceptance sneaks in.

      I am amazed at all the online stuff. I missed the Indigo Girls concert. I keep hearing about the concerts after the fact, but that’s okay. Streaming is crap with satellite internet service. We have limited data/bytes, as well, although they’re saying they might give us more “during this time of crisis.” They haven’t yet, but maybe when we run out of bytes.

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      1. Patterns are clear. People have been screaming about this for weeks (poor Chris Hayes — I thought he was going to have a stroke for three weeks as I read his anguished Twitter feed). I hope you reach acceptance sooner rather than later. Stand down, Robin’s body! 🙂 I reached acceptance… thinking what day it actually is…. Thursday night as I was angry for the last time (at people near and far, those I know and those I don’t). Woke up Friday feeling lighter. Spent the whole day listening to music and singing, took a walk, got some snacks (one must have snacks for emergencies). We do what we can do and that’s all we can do. I think you and I have a head start getting to that point since we’ve been doing the yoga and meditation and other things for years… still a shock, but one we can absorb/mitigate, with our woo woo tool box! 🙂

        If I hear of something good again, I’ll send you an email so you can maybe see the concert, etc. I do hope they up the Internet speed. Isn’t it funny how many things can be done in the time of crisis that can’t be done otherwise ever or at least without ridiculous charges and fees? (Another thought for another day….)

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  6. That turtle and that lovely curve of shoreline made me smile. I’d do a 40 day meditation challenge with you! Or exercise, for that matter. Like you, I have to do something and having a focus and accountability would help.

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    1. Wonderful! And thank you! The focus and accountability will help me, too. Shall we start tomorrow? Or would you rather start on Monday? I need to exercise, too. I went out for a bike ride yesterday and it helped, immensely.

      Everyone seems to be offering free meditations lately so it’s easy enough to find something. This morning I had a look at Tara Brach’s latest offering:

      https://www.tarabrach.com/create-home-retreat/

      But it’s pretty ambitious. Still, I’m thinking of taking bits and pieces and cobbling something together since the sample schedule includes “walking or other movement.” I don’t want to spend the day sitting in meditation (as outlined in the sample schedule). I’ll be happy with a morning practice, however long it ends up being. I know some days five minutes is enough (or all I can manage) and other days I end up sitting for 20-30 minutes because I’m that deeply into it.

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      1. Perfect! And tomorrow is a good start. I’m wanting to meditate in the morning and then make certain to either walk or do an exercise video or garden! Let’s do it! I think this will take us to the 1st of May–and with luck on from there.

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  7. Obviously way behind in my reading of your blogs, my excuse, I forget to check email! Anyway, love the photos of the Point. And as always, good to hear your thoughts. Love to all! 💜😘😊

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