Between Drops, Between Thoughts

Sep 4, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Between Drops, Between Thoughts

Waterfalls are glorious displays of nothingness. Water pours over rock precipices and crashes into the earth below, scattering shards of moisture and emitting a fine ethereal mist into the air. The space becomes vibrant with negatively charged ions and my body feels open and refreshed. Something about energy and spaciousness seems to remind me ofRead more …

Nearsighted

Aug 30, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Nearsighted

Myopia. Nearsightedness. I notice with the advent of the smart phone that people have become very nearsighted. For instance, it appears they cannot see nor read the signs that say, “Give plants a chance,” dotting the pumice meadows past stone barriers here at Crater Lake National Park. I watch a man from Texas get outRead more …

Uplifted

Aug 22, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Uplifted

I am looking through the window toward our back porch and see a floating apparition. It is some sort of flower seed composed of gossamer filaments radiating from a central spire—similar to spokes on a bicycle wheel. It hovers effortlessly in the still air, buoyed by an unseen hand. Light reflects off the fine needle-likeRead more …

Giving and Receiving

Aug 16, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Giving and Receiving

The practice of Tonglen, giving and receiving, can be a profound and liberating experience. We breathe in, gracefully acknowledging the suffering of all beings. Then we breathe out, offering light and love, visualizing that all suffering be eased. It is a simple practice—but not always so easy to accomplish. If we are actively helping toRead more …

Through the Mist

Aug 7, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Through the Mist

There are so many ways to become intimate with nature: walking barefoot, bending to smell a flower, dropping sweat on a steep trail, becoming absorbed in the view from atop a mountain, tasting a medicinal plant, feeling wind caress the face, and on and on … Today, I am gazing through a waterfall. The trailRead more …