Monday, December 31, 2012

Monday's Heart 51, Grow

"Today I have grown taller walking with the trees." 
{Karl Baker}

Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Cross


"Humanity is destined to go beyond suffering, but not in the way the ego thinks.  One of the ego's many erroneous assumptions, one of its many deluded thoughts is "I should not have to suffer."  Sometimes the thought gets transferred to someone close to you:  "My child should not have to suffer."  That thought itself lies at the root of suffering.  Suffering has a noble purpose: the evolution of consciousness and the burning up of the ego.  The man on the cross is an archetypal image.  He is every man and every woman.  As long as you resist suffering, it is a slow process because the resistance creates more ego to burn up.  When you accept suffering, however, there is an acceleration of that process which is brought about by the fact that you suffer consciously.  You can accept suffering for yourself, or you can accept it for someone else, such as your child or parent.  In the midst of conscious suffering there is already the transmutation.  The fire of suffering becomes the light of consciousness." ~Eckhart Tolle



Monday, December 24, 2012

Monday's Heart 50, Now

"Now is the Time"

Now is the time to know
That all that you do is sacred.

Now, why not consider
A lasting truce with yourself and God.

Now is the time to understand
That all your ideas of right and wrong
Were just a child's training wheels
To be laid aside
When you can finally live
With veracity
and love.

Hafiz is a divine envoy
Whom the Beloved
Has written a hold message upon.

My dear, please tell me,
Why do you still
Throw sticks at your heart
And God?

What is it in that sweet voice inside
That incites you to fear?

Now is the time for the world to know
That every thought and action is sacred.

This is the time
For you to deeply complete the impossibility

That there is anything
But Grace.

Now is the season to know
That everything you do
Is Sacred.

{Hafiz}

Monday, December 17, 2012

Monday's Heart 49, Christmas

Remember, if Christmas isn’t found in your heart, you won’t find it under a tree.
{Charlotte Carpenter}

Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday's Heart 48, Sacred

 Living in a secular culture with a passion for the sacred and an awareness of the very real magic that runs throughout life can make you feel a little out of step with the world around you.
{Oriah Mountain Dreamer}

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Humbled

I have returned to the woods. Some of you reading this know that I come out of the woods in the early spring when deer ticks awaken, and return in the late fall, early winter, when they become mostly dormant. I sometimes wonder if this cycle is for a bigger reason; would I explore as much in the winter if the season did not provide me with this suspended-tick window?

I am humbled by the beauty of the woods. Even on days like today, when I feel chilly and unmotivated to bundle up, when I finally do, and get myself out the door, gratitude instantly melts away the chills. Today, though the daylight was grey all around me, all I could see were beautiful colors and patterns. Nature is so elegant.


Culturally, December is an ornate season, filled with glitzy trappings, yet I find the most florid decor on walks in the woods, as if it was placed by sentient beings for the sheer pleasure of me discovering it. Even things that would not be traditionally considered beautiful, are. It is the energy of the woods that provides me with this sensuous experience. I am certain of it. 


In the woods I am alone yet more connected that ever. The trees remind me of that as I trod upon their roots, knowing that each is joined to another in an endless web buried deeply within the earth. Too, their canopy seems to connect the vast space of sky. The trees remind me to reach.


I often refer back to a dream I had where a beautiful tree sailed toward me in a rushing river, and I was frantic thinking I needed to capture it, to place it as a work of art in my home. I could not capture it, but has the artful tree not captured my heart hundreds of times as I walk the forest? Indeed it has.




It is hard to put into words just how much the woods and the walks have changed me, but that has been the mission of my writing about the walks all along. So I try. In a way I have become less tolerant of pretense and more impatient by inauthenticity. My walks in nature have challenged me to both reach higher and dig deeper, and in them I have found my true calling.





Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday's Heart 47, Privilege


The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.
{C.G. Jung}