Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pause & See

This is a regular feature on my blog.  I try to see something new each day. The art of seeing is essential to any creative work in my humble opinion.  My favorites are the ones that stop me in my tracks!  Like so many folks I have a very busy mind that I struggle to quiet.  But by creating this practice it has given me many opportunities to pause and be with a new wonder.  I love to wonder about wonders.  These little seeings can be just the jolt my creative process needs to get out of a rut.  But mostly they provide a pause which is that moment of peace I need to heal from a frustration. These seeings are grounding for me and bring me to the present.  I will admit to laughing out loud with joy over some of my discoveries, they are a moment of childlike wonder!  

"When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky"             ~~~Buddha

This is from yesterdays walk.  Right now I am waiting for a Nor'Easter to dump enough snow on us in order to snowshoe again!  But Runa is at my feet with longing eyes so it might be a 2 walk day today...meanwhile back to yesterday.  As I was walking on uneven terrain still with ice spikes on my boots, I was "hearing" the many complaints that have been expressed about this "crappy" winter.  Not wanting to walk in the woods with that state of mind I consciously  choose to Pause & See.  And here is what I saw in these less than "ideal" conditions...

Snow that looks like a moonscape~~~Amazing~

And even though is was cold and I needed a scarf over my face to walk there is this spring in the woods that is OPEN and FLOWING ~~~ reminding me to do the same.

I will leave you with this pray that I found here
(this is one of my favorite sites for random inspiration)

The winter will lose its cold,
as the snow will be without whiteness,
The night without darkness,
the heavens without stars,
the day without light,
The flower will lose its beauty,
all fountains their water,
the sea its fish,
the tree its birds,
the forest its beasts,
the earth its harvest -
All these things will pass before
anyone breaks the bonds of our love,
And before I cease caring for you in my heart.
May your days be happy in number as flakes of snow,
May your nights be peaceful,
and may you be without troubles.
france - matthew of rievaulx - 13th century

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