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A Pure and Peaceful Mind

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Sunrise 2017

“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth,

so virtue appears from good deeds,

and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind.

To walk safely through the maze of human life,

one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.”

(Buddha)

Every morning resetting goals is the “new normal.” Remembering goals, maybe, would be a better phrase. Meditation, concentration, opening my heart and mind to the Now. Accepting the Present, practicing breathing, working on posture, smoothing brow and gut. Being calm. Breathe in, breathe out.

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Wild, Wild Sea

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Stormy beach 2016

Give me a wild sea with boiling clouds, wind that lifts my hair and shuffles the birds around willy nilly.  Give me a wild sea with chocolate waves, briny foam and pelicans diving between large waves.  Give me a wild sea in the middle of winter and an empty space where I can breathe.  Give me a wild sea where salty air is forced into my nostrils, down into my lungs cleansing my body.  Give me a wild sea.

Rain on the Beach

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June 10, 2018

This is the shower I loved.

As I shot the sunrising to the northeast

(because the sun moves in that direction from my vantage point in summer),

this shower was approaching from the south.

 Tiny drops announced its arrival.

Tiny drops became bigger drops.

I ducked under a walkway and sat down at the base of a sand dune.

It felt good, the wind and light rain.

Cleansing.  Refreshing.

I laughed watching the pelicans, terns and gulls

feast on the running bluefish

as the rains kept them company.

The shower was short lived.

Pulling myself out of my lair I continued my camera-play.

Sunrise is fun.

Spirit

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“Never lose an opportunity

of seeing anything beautiful,

for beauty is God’s handwriting.”

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

 

It’s raining today.  Nothing like rain at the beach.  It drives the crowds away and cleanses the air.  The Earth takes in the clean, fresh water and plants rejoice in the moisture.  I thrive in this abundance.  The peace it brings, the nurturing it brings as Spirit washes us clean.  Enjoy this day.

Be Kind

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We just returned from vacation in Colorado.  I love the beach but desired to see a completely different landscape.  You can’t get more different than the Rocky Mountains.  I saw a wild moose!  And elk!  Wanted to see a black bear but no such luck.  Nor did I see the longhorn sheep or mountain goats, but had fun looking.

Those mountains are gorgeous.  Humbling.  Massive.  Those ponderosa pines blow me away.  We visited Garden of the Gods and Pike’s Peak.  The best part was simply choosing a direction and driving mountain roads.  The views!  The snow!

We as individuals are served well by immersing ourselves into nature….where there’s no service to our phones … and breathe it all in.  We are so tiny and the earth is so large.  My belief is that Mother Earth will survive us, despite our attempts to kill it off. She will eventually shake us off and live her own life free from the fleas of humanity for her days are numbered, too.

Peace.