another spectrum of color

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The Wanderer explores the interweavings between psyche and nature, how a dream or a myth, for example, suggests a place in nature in which to wander or a way in which to wander or an image to seek in his wanderings. Or he might ramble in the wild and run smack into a repeating dreamscape from childhood, his eyes wide and mouth agape. Now what will he do? Inner and outer wanderings support, extend, and enrich one another- a key feature of soulcraft.  ~Bill Plotkin

what lives in between the color and light of our lives? how will we move forward and how important is the dream?

Thank goodness for the blackness of 5:30 am

in November, trees coming into their limbs

then their branches, like an oak deepening

in the darkroom’s wet photograph

and how the pot shows up under the stove

light, a sliver idea hit upon by the day’s

first hunger; each shape being re-recognized, rectangular

window by crosshatched chain link

and the radio’s friendly voice from the still

unlit corner of the kitchen says tonight

might be snow and the good fortune

of my containment in this house, barely

have I written to you about it who sleeps

across the country, darkness still tamping

down your blankets, when the autumn’s

yellow shows up, and a color we have determined

as neutral fills in between everything it allows

to show off, and then pink shows, like

a tulle petticoat just below the hem

of sky, and the curved handles of the ladder

leading to a roof from an apartment’s fire escape

across the yards- built so someone could pull

herself up and sit there to look out at all this-

arcs over all the colors like the gates to a city

whose civilization lasts these thirty minutes.

~Jessica Greenbaum

healing stories

Knowing our suffering intimately is essential to freeing ourselves from it, says Salzberg. She says we should regard what we find without judgement, without holding on to or pushing away any experience and without blaming ourselves for it. “What arises in one’s mind is not something we can control. We can change the ground, to some extent, out of which emotions tend to arise, but we can’t stop things from coming up. Every moment is conditions coming together and coming apart. How we relate to what arises in one’s mind is what’s most important.” ~Lyndsay Kyte

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