Posts Tagged ‘contemplation

20
Feb
20

can you relax enough…

to sit on that bench and just be…taking in the sights and sounds on a Spring day?

23
Jan
20

morning stroll…

along an Oregon coast beach

03
Jun
15

Contemplation in the backyard…

Was life good today?

Did I give a hand, a smile?

Did I walk the talk?

skyline, sunset, backyard, SwittersB

07
Jun
14

Sitting Still

“Watermelons and Zen students grow pretty much the same way.
Long periods of sitting till they ripen and grow all juicy inside, but when you knock them on the head to see if they’re ready…sound’s like nothing’s going on.”

 Peter Levitt

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“Sitting in your garden is a feat to be worked at with unflagging determination and single-mindedness – for what gardener worth his salt sits down. I am deeply committed to sitting in the garden.”
– Mirabel Osler

“Sitting is the gateway of truth to total liberation.”
– Dogen

19
Apr
14

‘Study to be quiet’ Amen

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“The New Period, in American fly fishing…

Here’s that sentence: “Now let us go a-stream more like our fathers– individual, unself-conscious, unreconstructed, and quiet with our streamcraft and our love more important than our equipage and image.” But how, I wonder, can I in Walton’s use of Scripture, study to be quiet….”  Gordon Wickstrom

Boulder Creek Angler

21
Jul
12

Camping: Bestowing Blessings & Renewal

 

Emma sniffing the morning air, red winged black birds chirping in the reeds along the lakes edge, chipmunks scurrying over old, downed trees. The morning sunshine feels good on the face as I smoke my briar.

CAMPING

by SwittersB

 Camping has always been about receiving and bestowing

Early in my life the preparation by Dad was full of strife

Planning what to take was always countered by his wife

At odds they argued, packed and repacked and that was life

Good friends were invited to tag along thank goodness

Fishing was the first passion of camping 

Girls camping nearby became the new passion 

I learned to build fires, to set up camp in a fashion

Later I passed on my acquired skills to my family with pride

Over the years no activity has so satisfied

As Camping’s assorted visual and bestowed blessings

Family, nature’s bounty, time for introspection

Trees, water, mountains, fresh air provide an injection

of renewal and help remove the grime of urban blight

Morning coffee and my briar, sitting by the camp fire

My dog sniffing the air nose held high, I am lost 

Lost in thought of the past. Regrets, sadness, stress

The morning birds chirping, the ease of the dawn

Removes the grit in the mind, removes the harshness

I am refreshed while the family still sleeps 




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