Posted in Change, Covid-19, Earth, Eastern Shore, Exploring, Fire, Garden, Gifts, Grandparenthood, Gratitude, Heartfulness, Home, In these strange times, Life, Little Peanut, Little Wookie, Love, Maryland, Metta, Mindfulness, Nature, Perception, Photography, Portals & Pathways, Quotes, Spirit, Summer, Walking & Wandering, Writing

Eat the rules

A recent sunset.

Awareness of the divine begins with wonder.
— Abraham Heschel

I think that every discovery of the world plunges us into jubilation, a radical amazement that tears apart the veil of triviality.
— Dorothee Soelle

Continue reading “Eat the rules”

Posted in Aging, Change, Covid-19, Earth, Eastern Shore, Exploring, Fire, Garden, Grandparenthood, In these strange times, Life, Love, Maryland, Nature, Photography, Portals & Pathways, Quotes, Soapbox, Spirit, Spiritual practices, Spring, Walking & Wandering

Enough

We need more than thoughts and prayers.

This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.

~ Walt Whitman

Continue reading “Enough”

Posted in Air, Art, Beginnings, Change, Earth, Eastern Shore, Exploring, Gifts, Grandparenthood, Gratitude, Heartfulness, Hiking, In these strange times, Life, Maryland, Mindfulness, Nature, Other than human, Photography, Portals & Pathways, Quotes, Spirit, Spiritual practices, Spring, Walking & Wandering, Water, Weather, Woods, Writing, Yoga

Writing

Ali (the deer who spent time in our garden last summer when her mother would leave her for the day). It’s easy to tell it’s her because she is smaller than usual.

The planet will never come alive for you unless your songs and stories give life to all the beings, seen and unseen, that inhabit a living Earth.

– Amitav Ghosh

As our world appears to spin more and more out of balance, what are the stories that speak to this darkening time? What stories are destroying us, and what stories are sustaining us, helping us to find a path that can return us to a point of balance, a place of belonging?

~ Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee, Emergence Magazine

Continue reading “Writing”

Posted in Air, Beginnings, Change, Covid-19, Dreams, Earth, Eastern Shore, Exploring, Family, Garden, Gifts, Grandparenthood, Gratitude, Health & Well-Being, Heartfulness, Home, In these strange times, Life, Little Wookie, Love, Maryland, Mindfulness, Nature, Photography, Quotes, Spirit, Spiritual practices, Spring, Walking & Wandering, Wonder, Yoga

A few thoughts on a chilly and blustery spring day

Not plum but cherry blossoms.

Searching for spring all day, I never saw it,
straw sandals treading everywhere
among the clouds, along the banks.
Coming home, I laughed, catching
the plum blossom’s scent:
spring at each branch tip, already perfect.

~ unknown zen nun from the Song Dynasty (trans. by Sam Hammill and J.P. Seaton, The Poetry of Zen)

Continue reading “A few thoughts on a chilly and blustery spring day”

Posted in A bit of history, Aging, Beginnings, Change, Covid-19, Death, Earth, Eastern Shore, Exploring, Family, Gifts, Grandparenthood, Gratitude, Health & Well-Being, Heartfulness, Hiking, Home, In these strange times, Life, Listening, Little Peanut, Little Wookie, Love, Maryland, Mindfulness, Nature, Ohio, Photography, Portals & Pathways, Quotes, Spirit, Spiritual practices, Spring, The Bogs

A Monday meander: A change in scenery

A sunrise in the Bogs (NE Ohio).

We can no longer hear the voice of the rivers, the mountains, or the sea. The trees and meadows are no longer intimate modes of spirit presence. The world about us has become an ‘it’ rather than a ‘thou.’

~ Thomas Berry

What is needed is a new pattern of rapport with the planet. Here we come to the critical transformation needed in the emotional, aesthetic, spiritual, and religious orders of life. Only a change that profound in human consciousness can remedy the deep cultural pathology manifest in such destructive behavior. Such change is not possible, however, so long as we fail to appreciate the planet that provides us with a world abundant in the volume and variety of food for our nourishment, a world exquisite in supplying beauty of form, sweetness of taste, delicate fragrances for our enjoyment, and exciting challenges for us to overcome with skill and action. The poets and artists can help restore this sense of rapport with the natural world. It is this renewed sense of reciprocity with nature, in all of its complexity and remarkable beauty, that can help provide the psychic and spiritual energies necessary for the work ahead.

~ Thomas Berry, The Sacred Universe

Continue reading “A Monday meander: A change in scenery”

Posted in Aging, Change, Covid-19, Earth, Eastern Shore, Exploring, Family, Gifts, Grandparenthood, Gratitude, Heartfulness, Home, In these strange times, Life, Little Peanut, Little Wookie, Love, Maryland, Mindfulness, Nature, Ohio, Photography, Portals & Pathways, Quotes, Spirit, The Bogs, Travel, Walking & Wandering, Water, Weather, Winter, Word/Theme for the Year, Writing, Yoga

Spring travels and love

Exploring the crocus.

Our bones know the way of things. Our guts understand what baffles the mind. The soul or spirit is often most clearly manifest in the sensations and language of the body. We feel called towards or driven away by people, places, and things at the gut/bone level. The head can then clarify or obscure this information, or choose to work with or against this body-knowledge.

~ Aidan Wachter, from ‘Six Ways: Approaches & Entries for Practical Magic’

I urge you to find a way to immerse yourself fully in the life you’ve been given. To stop running from whatever you’re trying to escape, and instead to stop, and turn, and face whatever it is. Then I dare you to walk toward it. In this way, the world may reveal itself to you as something magical and awe-inspiring that does not require escape. Instead, the world may become something worth paying attention to.

~ Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence by Anna Lembke

Continue reading “Spring travels and love”

Posted in Air, Autumn, Change, Covid-19, Dreams, Earth, Eastern Shore, Exploring, Family, From the Archives, Gifts, Grandparenthood, Gratitude, Heartfulness, Hiking, Home, In these strange times, Life, Love, Maryland, Mindfulness, Nature, Photography, Poetry, Portals & Pathways, Quotes, Spirit, Travel, Walking & Wandering, Water, Weather, Winter, Wonder, Woods, Words, Writing

A Monday meander: So you want to write

Near the edge.  (Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia.  October 2021.)

In life, there are brief and momentary opportunities that ask us to assert our existence. Although a creative impulse, they can be destructive, because they make us veer away from our normal patterns and habits. Life is compelling us to take these small acts of rebellion so we can go beyond the edges of ourselves, and by doing so, we end up rediscovering ourselves. These moments are a great reminder that, like all other animals, we are, and will always be, wild.

~ Kamand Kojouri

What good is a dream that doesn’t test the mettle of the dreamer? What good is a path that doesn’t carry us to the edge of our capacity and then beyond that place? A true calling involves a great exposure before it can become a genuine refuge.

~ Michael Meade, Fate and Destiny, The Two Agreements of the Soul

Continue reading “A Monday meander: So you want to write”