Monday, May 28, 2012

INTEGRITY OF PRESENCE...SO TO SEE

For it to be something so beautiful and present everywhere, and yet at the same time so missed by so many, speaks volumes about the power of the distracting web of entanglements.
















"Without sensing it, we become lost inside the automatic traffic of functioning. It is only when something goes wrong that we are hauled back to the edge. Quite abruptly the familiar map has melted and territories that were sure ground an hour ago don't exist any more. It is tragic that something has to go wrong before we can realize the gift of the world and our lives, gifts we could never have dreamed or earned." ~~~ BEAUTY...The Invisible Embrace

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

REST

Rest is the fruit of the recognition that we are in need of nothing. Silence, stillness, and solitude have a way of revealing to us the things we have grabbed that we really never needed. The extra baggage just weighs us down and creates unnecessary conflict of an internal and external nature. Carrying the baggage is a hanging on to the things that are making us miserable and leaves us unable to see the things of immense value that we already have. It's an activity that robs from us the meaning and the joy and peace of this one short unrepeatable life....our own life and the lives of the beautiful people and other life forms that are all around us.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

THE VOID IS IN THE FRACTURED MIND

I sat this morning among a stand of foxglove. Observing the parade of hummingbird and bee. A kind of parade I sense would bore most. Too many breaks in the action.  

The frenetic pace that has shaped the post modern mind, now leaves people troubled when the activity is fractured. The void feels like terror and a waste. The terror and waste is not the void. There is no void in the natural rhythm. It's an illusion created by the fractured mind that has fallen completely out of rhythm. A mind that cannot rest.



Friday, May 11, 2012

NATURE'S QUIET

"Beauty tends to avoid the siren call of the obvious. Away from the blatant centre, it prefers the neglected margin. Beyond the traffic of voyeuristic seeing, beauty waits until the patience and depth of a gaze are refined enough to engage and discover it. In this sense, beauty is not a quality externally present in something. It emerges at the threshold where reverence of mind engages the subtle presence of the other person, place or object. The hidden heart of beauty offers itself only when it is approached in a rhythm worthy of its trust and showing." BEAUTY...The Invisible Embrace

Whether it be the silence of a single droplet of water hanging on the edge, or the quiet of 1,276 square miles when the sun is rising....if you can learn to linger at these thresholds and listen, you will find such moments rearranging things inside you.

Take a listen to this  The quiet of 1,276 square miles when the sun is rising

Monday, May 07, 2012

LETTING GO

I've spent part of the day reworking this area. The space changed this morning once I removed the Japanese Maple that had been filling the space front center and left. A long time salon client of mine came through last week looking for a maple. The time working today left me, as working in the garden often does, thinking about life and the things going on in my own self and situations that are always unfolding in the lives of people I know and love. The theme was transience and the uncontrollable nature of it all.

 Most humans seem to not be able to handle transience/change. Or at least not very gracefully. People just grit their teeth and hang on or fight in an attempt to control it all so that situations and people meet their expectations of how they think things should be. And don't misunderstand me. I'm not suggesting that passivity is a better path. But what I am coming to realize, most of the manifestations of standing and fighting for what we are convinced is right usually doesn't serve anyone well. Even if we win the fight we have usually created a very twisted unhealthy paradigm for ourselves and others in the process.

 Unhealthy humans don't know how to fight for themselves, or for others, or for the situation they are often caught up in conflict over. Clarity of vision and understanding usually aren't traveling companions of unhealthy humans. And false perceptions drive false emotional responses and false emotional responses create further destruction and deeper pain and delusion.

 One thing has become very clear to me. It's true with landscape and it's true with humans....everything is in flux and is changing. That tree outside your front door might look the same today as it did yesterday. But believe me, it's not the same. There are visible changes that can be seen by the attentive/trained eye, and there are changes happening that are not visible at all. And when it comes to humans, the reality of things changing is even more dynamic and dramatic. There is a human element that complicates the human experience in regards to change that goes well beyond what nature experiences. We would be well served to understand this about one another and take our hands off in regards to trying to force people to remain the same or to be what they want them to be. We would be well served to understand this about ourselves also.

 This is why freedom and love and grace are so important. This is why control and manipulation and the self serving agenda of ego is so destructive and problematic. One takes into account growth and transience and allows it to happen and moves along with it. And even celebrates it. And the other just can't do it. Control and manipulation and the self serving agenda of ego all flow out of human neediness. Human unsettledness. When freedom and love and grace are the exact opposite. They're not needy at all. They love to belong and yet already know they belong and can just rest in that. And that knowing has a way of leaving them okay in their solitude also. Contented people don't go around creating conflict everywhere they are. They are people learning to just live in the natural rhythm and flow of it all. And they live aware of how quickly it is all passing and want to live awake and present and in a space of peace so as to not miss any of it, while desiring to help others find the same kind of space for themselves.

Friday, May 04, 2012

BEYOND FALSE BELONGING

There is a way of being that is beyond possessiveness and beyond the burdens created by the programmed competitive world of agenda. All of that is just false belonging anyway. And false belonging always acts like a thief and robs from you your amazing and creative imagination and your ability to stay in touch with wonder.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

FREEDOM DOESN'T COME TOMORROW...IT'S A NOW THING

This is one of the most profound life changing realities that began to become reality to me. It will change the whole experience if we can cross the threshold out of the old space we have been occupying and step into a new freer space.


Read a lovely blog post here:  The Water Is Here Now

And a very profound blog post here: Future Tripping And The Presence Of Joy 

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

CONFOUNDING

Beginning to be able to imagine the truth in the mystery, will create a stability in the unpredictable flow of it all, that will leave you confounded.


Somewhere in us a dignity presides
That is more gracious than the smallness
That fuels us with fear and force,
A dignity that trusts the form a day takes.

 ~ John O'Donohue....To Bless The Space Between Us