Standing with a Heron

Standing with a Heron

As I turned to continue along the path, a pale purple butterfly flew off my left foot. Apparently, she had joined our meditation too. Her delicate levity offered perfect balance to the heron’s gravity.

Walking away, I was grateful for the invitation to pause and join the heron in stillness so fully that the mirage of our separateness dissolved completely for a moment. I was grateful for the presence of creatures who remind me that we are one. And I was grateful that these moments, though always with me and within me, come to find me when I need them most…

#MinuteMoment

#MinuteMoment

On the hike back to my car I paused every so often for a full minute of stillness to look, listen and feel at the natural happenings around me. In some places I had a broad view of the river or of conifers growing along a ridge. In other places I zeroed in on the natural minutia of a rotting log on the forest floor or the tepid water at the base of a beaver dam. In each place I found delight, curiosity, calm, and a sort of companionship.

Trail Philosophy

Trail Philosophy

Where each experience of Renewal intersects with the others is in the intention we set to disrupt the straight-line sensibility that our front-country lives so often demand of us. We do not retreat to find solutions to the (legitimate) urgencies that pepper our days. We retreat to renew our sense of capacity and connectivity, so that we may return with the strength that our work in the world deserves.

Meditation at Fore River (again)

Meditation at Fore River (again)

As we approach the end of one season and the beginning of the next; in this liminal place where the heat of summer days start to tease us with an occasional cool breeze in the evening; as the creative urgency of yesterday ebbs and our audacious ambitions for tomorrow flow; I thought it might be worth dipping into the archives to share a mediation that I shared last autumn, from a Beauty Walk with a group of MECA students in Fore River Sanctuary in Portland.