If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

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Deeper than Name and Form

When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world. Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. This is the I Am that is deeper than name and form. ~ Eckhart Tolle

All these voices…it’s hard for me to touch the inner stillness. Some are so loud, so persistent.

Be still. Let them just come and go.

Easy for you to say. Some are really able to get under my skin.

Breathe.

How do I participate in the world and stay in touch with myself?

Ah such a conundrum.

What do you mean?

Where do you think those voices come from?

Well, sometimes they sound like my mother or a particularly opinionated acquaintance.

Have you ever heard yourself sound like that?

Oh yeah!

The world. The world in you. Be still.

Ah.

By the way, how was the nature park yesterday?

Om.

I thought that was a good idea. 🙂

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Unfolding

I don’t want to stay folded anywhere, because where I am folded, there I am a lie.   Rainer Maria Rilke

Day 8…

This feels like a really scary quote, but today I write with Lynda, the buddy I’ve written with the longest. And I want to take advantage of her support.

Because support is what I need now. This project is taking me into thoughts and feelings I did not see coming. Yesterday as I listened for a sweeter focus to my day, I realized the “editor” has had an awful lot of control over my brainstorming sessions.

Aw, get a grip. Quit your whining. 

Calm down sweetie. What’s wrong?

I’m sad. And a little bit scared.

About what?

Things in my life I have no control over. The grief I continue to carry.

Like I said, get a grip. You’re just not that special.

Those are certainly things we do feel sad and scared about.

How do I get rid of these feelings?

Feelings are feelings. Sit still. Breathe. Let’s try a ten minute meditation.

That editor is not going to go away, is he?

Probably not. But maybe he doesn’t need to always talk in boldface.

Open to Creativity

In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.   Rollo May

For most of the last two weeks after writing morning pages, I take a walk in the park that reminds me of Girl Scout camp, my favorite childhood setting. You know, that place they tell you to imagine when you meditate.

Sounds like a great way to start the day.

It is. And then before it gets too hot I work in the garden. Today I picked two more tomatoes and a bowl full of beans. The corn is almost ready.

Yum.

And during the day I’ve been reading. A lot.

OK. I’m wondering why you  are telling me all of this when you know I already know it.

Because there’s something else.

Spit it out.

Well five days ago I started taking the quote from my morning post and watching how it plays through my day, knowing that at the end of the day I will write a ten minute free write in response to it. With this focus all my little routines become so much richer… hell, my whole day feels so much richer. It’s like I’m being me and watching what it means to be me.

Very cool.

So, wise one, how do I share this with others?

Looks like you just did.

Sit, Walk, Write

The name of Natalie Goldberg‘s writing workshops. I’ve participated in two of these powerful retreats and I continue the practice of walking meditation and writing meditation. Sitting for me is harder.

Why?

I’m not sure. I just don’t make time for it.

But you make time for the walking and writing. What’s the difference?

Fear, perhaps? I write and discover new insights; I walk and solve conundrums. But for some reason I resist sitting still. Maybe it’s about my expectations.

So why are we talking about it?

Because I’m ready to push through the resistance? Because I want to feel something beyond the busy-ness of the world around me?

That makes sense.

I’m signing off now…I’m going  need to go sit.

We carry about us the burden of what thousands of people have said and the memories of all our misfortunes. To abandon all that is to be alone, and the mind that is alone is not only innocent but young — not in time or age, but young, innocent, alive at whatever age — and only such a mind can see that which is truth and that which is not measurable by words. ― Jiddu Krishnamurti

Solved by Walking

My yellow squash has been attacked by the dreaded squash vine borer. But not before I was able to harvest several pounds of mature fruit.

The sprawling plants are now only large flowers at the ends of withering stems. That’s probably the end of this year’s crop.

After early morning garden chores, feeding and watering six cantankerous chickens for a vacationing friend and retrieving mail and the newspaper for another, I go for a walk.

On the park trail I have an idea. People eat squash blossoms! I knew they could be fried, but there must be other options. I find a recipe for squash blossom quesadillas at http:homesicktexan.blogspot.com.  And I can use the last of my cilantro before it goes to seed. squash1

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.   Friedrich Nietzsche

Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Solvitur ambulando, St. Jerome was fond of saying.  To solve a problem, walk around.  ~Gregory McNamee

Thoughts come clearly while one walks.  ~Thomas Mann

Walking is also an ambulation of mind. ~Gretel Ehrlich

Above all, do not lose your desire to walk.  Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness.  I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.  ~Soren Kierkegaard

Sun Salutation

Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.   Eckhart Tolle

I was set to write a wordier blog…you know, blah, blah, blah. Until I wandered into the backyard. I’m letting the early sunlight on my vegetables do the talking.

Swiss chard

Swiss chard

Early Girl tomatoes

Early Girl tomatoes

Young corn

Young corn

Carrots

Carrots

I’ve also begun reading the most amazing book, Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate: At Work in the Wild and Cultivated World by Wendy Johnson.

Happy May Day!

Walking in Beauty

The Navajo Beauty Way Ceremony

In beauty may I walk
All day long may I walk
Through the returning seasons may I walk
Beautifully I will possess again
Beautifully birds
Beautifully joyful birds
On the trail marked with pollen may I walk
With grasshoppers about my feet may I walk
With dew about my feet may I walk
With beauty may I walk
With beauty before me may I walk
With beauty behind me may I walk
With beauty above me may I walk
With beauty all around me may I walk
In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk
In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk
It is finished in beauty
It is finished in beauty

Anonymous (Navajo)

The following excerpt taken from http://www.native-american-market.com/navajo_beauty_way.html

To Walk in Beauty means not only walking physically. It also, and primarily in fact, means being in harmony with all things and all people, with all objects, all the animals, all the feelings, the plants, the weather and all the events in your life. It means being at peace, serene in the knowledge that all around you is well and that you are well with everything in your life. You accept and are accepted, there is nothing that pulls you in one direction or the other, the polarities are neutralized, you are one with everything. You are ready to walk in Beauty.

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