A Poem on The Weight of Time
The weight of a leaf
into a pile
at the end
Each leaf is 5 grams;
but the pile
No weight in our hand
Simply the feeling
Of crisp form
Its corners, ridges,
Some days we conclude in prayer,
“Oh, thank God it’s over,”
Yet it counts,
this one leaf,
filling our bin of days
One leaf at a time.
“If openly aware, the four elements are always helping us to let go create. Beginning with the desire of the soul, and carried by air, wind, fire, and earth.” - MJT
The four elements surround us. They infuse our home, we carry them from outside in, and they keep us alive. This week’s walk and meditation will place some attention on the elements in a fun way.
As a breathing anchor, this session, let’s take a deep breath in – pulling the wind and air through our body. As you let it out, transform the quiet still of your inside existence into
an outward gale. See if you can hear your breath on the out and in …from the silence of here you are.
Taking one very deep and active breath in, are there any quiet places that are waking up
due to your attention on your body?
This week if you like, you can lean on the hooks of the four elements to capture images and notice all that you find indoors and out.
A Poem on the air that weaves itself through us into a quilt of Oneness.
Ignite In to Exhale
The element of air
a conga line
in airy oneness
gifts of oxygen particles
from the transformational
pines boughs above
After the out breath
oxygen enters a foxe’s lungs
before sliding out
gliding into a baton
searching for the next openings
as an old woman takes a deep breath
leaning onto her ruddy walnut cane
she settles down on the halved tree trunk bench
listening to her breath
speaking with the bubbling creek
her exhale travels into a ladybug next,
its spiracles store air
for up to nine months
before venturing out again
Injecting a young boy’s
down the gravel
invisible accordion hands
20 breaths a minute
jumping into nothing
above the ravine
he lands, exhaling
his invisible air
making its way toward you
You breathe in deep
singing the words of a song
tuning this One air with your
lung’s novel beat
--For any willing writers, the journaling prompt for the week is:
For each of the four elements, what does that element give you,
and what does it allow you to let go of?
Have fun exploring, stay Curious, and Enjoy your mindful time walking and taking photographs outside in nature. Thank you for joining me.
“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” --Saint Francis
Observe the sages, the wise ones, and the enlightened humans around you.
What do they have in common?
They walk in peace. They speak with words of peace. They breathe, create, and meditate on peace.
Mindfulness doesn’t turn off. It can be a doorway of being
in the present that allows us to sink deeply into whatever is happening with a full heart and our full attention.
Right now, what is on your mind? What are you carrying?
Jon Kabat Zinn states, “The real meditation is how you live your life.”
Walking in nature with presence,
cultivate, and solidify how we are in the world. How we choose to be.
“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need.” - Mother Teresa
The Mantra and Natural Photography Prompt for the week:
As we live inside
the season of winter, there is an opportunity to slow down, stay warm, and connect with the slumbering nature all around us. Often as you head out, you will walk solo even in busy parks and woods because many choose to stay indoors. There is a secret magic quality to being alone in winter on stormy days.
This may be an opportunity to take photographs of unique trees, bushes, logs, or boulders that you walk past quickly during the warmer seasons.
As you anchor yourself in, spending time with individual forms to consciously exchange the energy of peace, see if any images pop out to capture with your camera.
See if you can capture sleepy winter trees and bushes, branches, and rocks with your camera in an honoring way. Trust yourself. As you walk, notice what pulls you in and slow to a stop as often as possible. You may be surprised how often you find images to shoot despite the cold.
What natural images did you stop to find peace with, and to thank? You may find some unexpected images to capture if you can see trees and bushes, rocks, and winter berries as unique individuals.
A Journaling Prompt for the writers out there:
Write about the burdens you carried with you on your nature walk and check-in afterward to see if everything feels lighter. Write about the before, during, and after.
What did you feel as you connected with nature giving and receiving peace?
This wraps up the session for the week.
Have fun exploring, stay Curious, and Enjoy your mindful time walking and making photographs outside in nature. Thank you for joining me.
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“It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.” John Burroughs
We are well inside the caves of winter on this wondrous day.
Today, as we adventure mindfully out on our
walk, we open to the possibilities for magic and awe.
Allow your heart’s creativity to affect your perceptions.
Today’s adventure will take us on an imaginative journey, out,
and back again.
Ideally, as you walk this week, setting out with your practice to connect with nature;
you may infuse some of this imaginative time into your wakeful reality, and see how that feels.
All creations begin in the heart and mind and slowly make their way into the physical worlds we inhabit.
Our breath leads us out of the mind’s anxieties into places where we can find what we seek.
These may be peace, or inspiration, relaxation or guided answers.
All of it is available, once we clear
the mind’s busy cobwebs.
Now lets get to imagining, shall we?
“Let there be room left in your heart for the unimaginable ~ serendipity has a way of showing itself just when you feel like giving up.”
― Nikki Row
This meditation provides a doorway in winter. As you walk this week, settle into your stride, your breath, your mantra, your heart and body, see how the outside world lights up.
As a breathing mantra, you might like to ground yourself with Light and UP.
The words have luminous feeling to them.
For your photography prompt: You might have guessed it. See if you can capture frost!
All of it’s highlit natural beauty is prevalent this time of year in most parts of our wintery planet.
--For any willing writers, the journaling prompt for the week is:
In the deep folds of winter, what are the lights that keep your spirits up? Human, animal, or natural? What rituals keep you above the dark days and balanced in yourself?
Have fun exploring, stay Curious, and please enjoy your mindful time walking and taking photographs outside in nature.
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“The future lies before you, a field of fallen snow;