"Courage is like a muscle; we strengthen it with use." – Ruth Gordon
Let's gather our gear and our warm clothing and set out to explore this week.
In our town, in our city, there is a mountaintop cave that pilgrims travel on to re-establish their mindfulness practice. All that is required is a hike. Despite the inclement stormy weather, we have snowshoes to take us up the mountain, and we are excited to burn off some excess winter energy.
After illumination, difficulties continue to arise; what changes is your relationship to them. You see more and resist less. You gain the capacity to turn your problems into lessons and your lessons into wisdom. – Socrates (Dan Millman from No Ordinary Moments)
This poem reflects on where creativity originates.
Are we the artist, or are we simply the paint brush…
the writer’s pen,
A wildfire of shooting stars
across papery rows
of crisp oat fields
The most delicious
imbue the reader
down crowny heads
out waltzing feet,
A lyrical nectar
ejecting the soul
into the stratosphere
from whence we came.
Add this week’s mantra to your collection. Hum Sah. Simple and easy to remember.
It pairs well with a walking stride and can be used anytime. As the mind wanders anchor here.
This is one to be celebrated.
For a moment, we can ponder how every act is a meditation. Typing. Listening. Breathing. Eating. Walking. Life! All of it. There is no striving needed. All we are tasked with is bringing our attention from the past and future meanderings to the present repeatedly.
The Photo Prompt for the week Is: Try getting extremely close and see what you can photograph. It’s fun to look at images and wonder…what is that texture a part of?
Here are a few writing prompts for the week
Expand on what parts of life are the easiest to stay present,
Expand on those that are the most difficult.
If you were to hike or snowshoe across a map somewhere, which continent would you choose, and why? What time of year would you set out?
Have fun exploring, stay Curious, and Enjoy your mindful time walking and making photographs outside in nature. In this year, may we all walk together on this shared planet?
Thank you for joining me.
Millman, D. (1992). No Ordinary Moments: A Peaceful Warrior’s Guide to Daily Life (Millman, Dan) (First Printing ed.). HJ Kramer.