Reality Emerges from Stillness

I had one of those 2+2 moments yesterday when something simple yet powerful, that should have been so obvious, came together. But first, a quick bit of context. When guests stay over here, whether airbnb renters or friends visiting, they often ask if they will see wildlife on the property. My usual answer is to … Continue reading Reality Emerges from Stillness

Can the ego allow true love?

"To love is to recognize yourself in another."~ ECKHART TOLLE ~ Brief as it is, this is such an intriguing quote—that can be interpreted from several perspectives and on different levels. The one that speaks to me at this time is that to recognize yourself in another is also to recognize the underlying connection between … Continue reading Can the ego allow true love?

Activate Your Personal Airplane Mode

I have been using airplane mode on my phone more frequently over the past few months. Airplane (or flight) mode, which is a simple on-off tap on most phones, essentially disables data transmission and reception (including phone calls, since all communication is digital now) but leaves the phone’s internal processes and apps functioning. (As an … Continue reading Activate Your Personal Airplane Mode

Staying Positive: Separating Actions from Outcomes

My best friend’s partner is a lifelong activist. Her activist work career is in the environmental field but she is also an activist for important matters like urban cycling and transit, and various manifestations of human rights, dignity & equality. She is an impressive human in her commitment to beliefs, in walking her talk, and … Continue reading Staying Positive: Separating Actions from Outcomes

A forest, or many trees?

"When admiring the painting, don't examine the paint. When meeting the 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. … Continue reading A forest, or many trees?

Letting go without losing control

What with being fairly recently retired (though I like to call it repurposement not retirement), living off-grid on a woodland property, always hands-on tasks to be done… plus being an introverty kinda guy anyhow… my daughter jokes that life since mid-March hasn’t looked all that different from normal for me. It’s not that I’m oblivious … Continue reading Letting go without losing control

Nothing lives in isolation

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."~ JOHN MUIR ~ It's probably not a big surprise to learn those words are attributed to John Muir, naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, and early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States. Many of … Continue reading Nothing lives in isolation