<July 16/14> Today I began the day feeling pretty overwhelmed (more & more often the case lately, I find, as time goes on & the climate crisis worsens exponentially).
But then I went for a walk.
& on that walk I saw
- a raccoon family of five make their way one by one slowly down a big tree, then, a few moments later, emerge from the bushes & scurry quickly across the street.
- a “perfect” lawn – reminding me that, before I understood the health & environmental consequences of using chemical pesticides, I used to think “perfect” looking lawns were cool. (now they just look supremely boring to me: now I like “messy” lawns/yards.)
- a white picket fence! (you don’t see too many of these these daze!)
- what I call “droopy” cedars & droopy spruce trees (no idea what their proper names are).
- ferns in someone’s yard (I have an inexplicable, huge fondness for ferns :) ).
I reflected that when I am walking
I am right in the moment – work & cares are elsewhere.
The HR (human race) may be on its last legs (I firmly believe this to be true).
But right now?
I’m grateful for my
- legs (they take me on all these wonderful walks!)
- loved ones
- worthwhile work & awesome friends/colleagues
- this Earth
I do believe that my daily walks keep me
- sane (well, relatively so, at least :) )
& they help me
- let go
- let go
- let go
- let go
- let go.
Every day, when I walk, I am
& driven right into the present moment.
Which, I am pretty convinced, is exactly where I am supposed to be living!
So, yay! Yay for my daily walking habit…
‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “Seek not outside yourself, heaven is within.” – Mary Lou Cook
Spares: “Expect nothing; live frugally on surprise.” – Alice Walker
“To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.” – Bertrand Russell, philosopher, The Sun (August 2002) - from Utne Nov-Dec 2002
“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” – Kahlil Gibran
“Anything in life that we don’t accept will simply make trouble for us until we make peace with it.” – Shakti Gawain
“Ask not that events should happen as you will, but let your will be that events should happen as they do, and you shall have peace.” – Epictetus
"Love is no meek priest. He will smash in all your windows before throwing in the holy gifts." ~ Hafiz
“There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly. Lightly, my darling . . . Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply.” – Aldous Huxley, 20th century intellectual & author of Brave New World (said later in his life, apparently, when he regretted having taken himself so seriously in his younger years). *** from Rob Brezsny Oct. 21st newsletter