Sunday, October 19, 2008
I was out on Kootenay Lake with a friend a couple of years back. Sitting by a small fire on the beach, miles from the nearest road or house. I pointed at the setting light on the mountain across the lake, and how the shadow was visibly moving and how golden and beautiful it was (no stimulants were involved, honest!).
He looked for a few seconds and then said, "Yeah, but look at those god damn clear cuts over there! We screw up everything."
He just couldn't see anything without seeing human beings in it - and badly.
It made me wonder how far I get from simply seeing what's in front of me, especially when it's naturally beautiful. This is true with seeing each other too I think - as we each are naturally beautiful.
Am I so affected by the filters of politics, society, prejudices, fears, history, science and all - that I can't just enjoy and experience? I think it's really important to get to a simple place, a place to really see and feel. Agree?
Being outdoors helps, as do stars, little children, waves, music, and loving touches. Does this matter to you and how do you find 'simple eyes'?
Okay, I did mention politics, but I'm not talking ABOUT politics.
PS - Is it possible to NOT mention politics these days? ;)
The best way I know to find "simple eyes" is by choosing to slow down and just be present. Letting go of my "need" to judge helps, also.
I have a very good teacher for this - my dog, Buddha. :-)
Personally I am a bit apprehensive of the US election coming up. Sorry to say, but it means much more in the "grand picture" than Canadian elections...
As for tranquility and beauty, the fall here has been wonderful, actually astonishing. I also brood on new music on my "back-burner". As for sculpture...we will see. There is no fair predictions for that one.
but really, sometimes it's just taking a deep breath.
sound too. have you ever stopped and really listened? i love the sound of footsteps, trees, water, someone's breathing. the sound of absolute silence- a rarity in most of california- is awesome.
I am sure already you do that when you meditate.
Cheri - just proving that the best things in life don't require $$
Carol - I knew you'd see him!
Zee - I bet you're an autumn spirit.
Sera - that's really true, the bit about listening. Especially at night.
Lindsay - I'm with Susan, you say it very well. You're our Oz Guru :)
I feel like my country is up in flames. There are such vast differences in the two major choices, and it's crazy that anyone could take the hate & lies & divisive campaign seriously.
All of that seems UNREAL. It is very hard to get away from it all, as each new day brings some new outrage.
Last week, the husband & I took off for the Cascade Mountains for a day. We went to some natural hot springs, on a beautiful fall sunny day. It was a treat to unplug & unwind. We took a short hike in the forest & got some nice photos, playing with a new camera.
I'm wishing we could fast forward to 11/4, with a positive result for a totally different direction.
I am trying to have positive affirmations of the election. We need healing, and a new direction.
As as you might imagine..... a bit desperate for change.
Hey ! I left a response to your previous tree incident.
Arulba - nice to see you again.
Sera - yeah he's here alright.
Andrew - I think I must have missed the email? I've been traveling a lot and things have slipped.
I see Jimi Hendrix on Elephant Mountain and I have a painting (by Wayne King) of that same slope, same time of year, with a little sprite dancing uphill to the right of Jimi. The hills are alive.
Thank god for the good memories, none of which include any political figures.
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