Tuesday, October 30, 2012

intuitive resistance ~

"...One of the effects of living in a hyperproductive society is that intuitive resistance can get labeled as procrastination. But what seems like avoidance may be a deeper inkling of wrong timing..." ~ Danielle LaPorte

this morning ~

All that we behold is full of blessings ~William Wordsworth

sophie and her tennis ball ~

Monday, October 29, 2012

on the way home ~

the source ~

Yesterday I went to visit the springs, the source of the creek that runs through my neighbourhood.
This the tufa (porous limestone) from which the springs emerge. Play this video to hear the sound of the springs and the beautiful call of the raven (in the summer).

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

wolf willow beads ~

I will have to boil these seeds up to make them soft so that I can put a needle through and thread them, and then I plan to make a necklace...

leaving a fruit half eaten ~

A lack of balance in life boils down to not being fully aware in situations and not feeling present. The present moment of action is not properly accomplished, for when a person is halfway through dealing with the present action, he or she is already drifting on to the next action. This produces a kind of indigestion in the mind. There is something always left incomplete, like leaving a fruit half eaten. 

 Chogyam Trungpa ~ Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery

Friday, October 26, 2012

happy trails ~

interesting who shows up ~

I was putting a call out for the chickadees and this lovely creature showed up instead...and not to mention:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

how like a wound that begins to heal ~

Snow, wind, and cold do nothing to dampen Sophie's eagerness for a walk; if anything the snow seems to make her cavort even more than usual. So this morning she and I did our ridge walk anyway despite the conditions. I learned that when you tuck your nose into your jacket that your glasses fog up. But we did see some swans sail overhead...and when we stepped into the shelter of the forest of spruce and aspen...warm and out of the wind...we found the chickadees gently flitting and chickadeedeeing in the branches of the trees...and I saw ice begin to form from the edges of the creek moving outward towards the center of its flow, and I thought how like a wound that begins to heal...and how like a dog to take you there.

mourning dove ~

If anyone gets too near the wall that ego has built, it feels insecure. It thinks that it is being attacked and then thinks that the only way to defend itself is to ward off the threat by showing an aggressive attitude. However, when one experiences a threat that seems to come from outside—whether it is illness, some undesirable experience in the world, or literal opponents—the only way to develop a balanced state of being is not to try to get rid of those things. Instead, one must understand them and make use of them. This leads one to the concept of nonviolence, the opposite of ego’s game. To develop the nonviolent approach, first of all you have to see that your problems are not really trying to destroy you.

Chogyam Trungpa ~ Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery

Monday, October 22, 2012

monday mother's blessing ~

...Como el gavilán encuentra la gota de lluvia, y prospera. Like the sparrow hawk finding a raindrop, blossom forth.

the face of change ~

Sunday, October 21, 2012

sunday's solitude ~

I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least - and it is commonly more than that - sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements. 

~Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, October 18, 2012

feel your heart ~

First, come into the present. Flash on what’s happening with you right now. Be fully aware of your body, its energetic quality. Be aware of your thoughts and emotions. Next, feel your heart, literally placing your hand on your chest if you find that helpful. This is a way of accepting yourself just as you are in that moment, a way of saying, “This is my experience right now, and it’s okay.” Then go into the next moment without any agenda. This practice can open us to others at times when we tend to close down. It gives us a way to be awake rather than asleep, a way to look outward rather than withdraw. 

Pema Chodron ~  Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

flow ~

This beautiful creek empties into the mighty bow river...and trout from the bow river swim up the creek to spawn, which they are doing at this time of year...

chattr chakkr vartee ~