To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter- to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring- these are some of the rewards of the simple life…..John Burroughs
living closer to the sacred is a calling of immense joy and deep humility…….simplicity is our guide….the steadiness of the rain, the gentle love we catch glimpses of, and the stark pain and desolation that rests alongside pure beauty and our deepest moments of knowing….
Abiding in contentment means letting go of trying to manipulate what is ultimately out of our hands. The beauty of the natural world gives us plenty of opportunity to practice with wanting and letting go. Nature is often so captivating that it can be hard to pull ourselves away from its beauty, yet let go we must. In nature, as in life, it is easy to forget that happiness is always available here in this moment, and not in grasping after some imagined future. When we practice abiding in the contentment of the moment, we can release our fantasies that happiness will come from a better job, a different relationship, a better house, or more money. We learn to stop postponing our happiness, or waiting for those things to arrive so we can be content. Life beckons and challenges us to be right here, to be present to this unique moment. Being awake to things just as they are right now, without grasping or resistance, is the doorway to true contentment and joy…..Mark Coleman
Thus shall ye think of all of this fleeting world
As a star at dawn, a bubble in stream;
A flash of lightning in a summer cloud
A flickering lamp, a phantom, a dream.