When admiring a painting, don’t examine the paint.

When meeting an artist, don’t look at the brush.

~Taoist saying

Since early spring I have been spending a bit of dedicated time each day with a daily reader, 365 Tao by Deng Ming-Dao. Each day, a different saying accompanied by some notes, interpretation and perspective. Some click more than others—probably dependent in part on what mindspace and soulspace I am in on a particular day—but the July 27th entry titled “Essence” I particularly liked.

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Can’t hug a person? Hug a tree!

Neil hugging old-growth pine, Lake Kukagami

During this COVID time here in Ontario most publicly-owned natural areas, as well as those owned or managed by pseudo-public agencies like conservation authorities, are closed—some (as seen in the GTA) even signed “no trespassing” to make the point. In contrast, elsewhere a number of countries, provinces, and jurisdictions are keeping some natural spaces open in recognition of Continue reading “Can’t hug a person? Hug a tree!”