awareness

Bald Eagle

I saw the first Bald

Eagle I’ve ever seen

where I live today!

I had to look twice.

I thought maybe

somebody with a

very long ladder

posted a picture of

one on the top

of this dead-limbed

tree!

Another man came

running along with

his well-behaved,

unleashed dog and

jaunted up a steep

hill and was gone!

I have a knee that

doesn’t need to slip

and fall, so I didn’t

follow him, but now

I know the way.

Little 5-6 year-olds

were playing baseball

with helmets & uniforms

(it’s 100 degrees F today)

running around the bases

to their heart’s delight.

Parents are so dedicated!

Other than that–oh,

another guy came whizzing by

on a orange-colored rent-a-bike

like there was no tomorrow

and looked slightly miffed that

he had to take his eyes off the

trail to wave back to me.

What you see when you get up

early to beat the heat!

Bald Eagle. Oregon High Desert Museum. Central Oregon

Bald Eagle. Oregon High Desert Museum. Central Oregon

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AWAKE

ONE DAY

THEN WE SLEEP

ANOTHER DAY

TRY AGAIN

SLEEP SOME MORE.

ONE DAY WE WILL

WAKE UP

AND FIND

WE’VE BEEN

SLEEPING

ALL THE TIME!

WE JUST THOUGHT

WE WERE AWAKE.

Sea stacks at Bandon Beach with fog and sun rays. Oregon

Sea stacks at Bandon Beach with fog and sun rays. Oregon

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Walkabout

I saw a beautiful puff-ball

today

bigger and browner than a dandelion

puff-ball.

I just stopped to admire it in the shade

of a very warm day.

I said:  No one’s coming out

in this heat”, but there they were

fishing, biking, jogging.

My walks are about being alone.

Yet, I share the trail with others.

I have a long time to be alone,

elsewhere.

I sort of liked the “company”

yet alone is where my heart

opens up to me…and I

can listen in the quiet.

Rododendrons and maple trees. Washington Park, OR

Rododendrons and maple trees. Washington Park, OR

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Renew

It’s good to start off the day

with exercise–a good workout!

It makes the rest of the day

go much easier.

Weekends when no work looms

provide the space to do what you

want.  I like to move–walk,

run, exercise in nature.

It’s not that hard physically

yet going to my “limits” and

feeling “worked out” gives me

a chance to renew my mind,

feelings and body free from

the impositions of a job.

I’m glad I can’t stand

being indoors for very long.

I’m a lot healthier getting

out for an hour.

View of Zion National Park from trail in high country, UtahC00471D-11

View of Zion National Park from trail in high country, Utah 

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Dream

This is a dream.

I should be asleep

but I wake

in a nightmare

of insomnia

not really having

been asleep at all

knowing it

last as others

so readily see

what I cannot hide.

 

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Goosey Loosey

O.K.  Goose.  You and your

friend (another goose–Canadian

geese mate for ‘life’) are hogging

the trail.  Sitting directly in the

path of runners, bikers, walkers–

me!  OK so you had to get up off

your duff  (you have a duff,

don’t you?) and stand

aside while I walked through

–even around–giving you

lots of space wild/tame

as you are/seem to be,

and yet you hissed at

me like you were being

sized up for dinner tonight

(you weren’t).

So, I didn’t appreciate

the unfriendly, even overtly

aggressive treatment

even as I just walked by.

I think you had a feather

up your duff and was just

having a bad goose down

day.

Geese landing with fall colors. Montana

Geese landing with fall colors. Montana

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Relationships

Social skills.

How do you meet new people

if you don’t have

social skills?

And…what if…

They are a bit dull–

like a knife that never

gets sharpened–

expecting it to cut

precisely?

Well, practicing

involves feelings,

among other things,

that may have to

be risked getting

stepped on, hurt,

inadvertently mostly,

in the process

of learning.

OTJ training.

You don’t want to

walk on coals before

you’re ready

but eventually

you’ll have to take

the plunge.

Cone flower. Portland Zoo butterffly Garden.Oregon

Cone flower. Portland Zoo butterfly Garden.Oregon

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With or Without

I so want to succeed…

so anxious over the

result of achievement–

overly concerned over the

consequences of failure

irrationally over-emotional

without letting go of

the tether to the past

illusion of some secure

fantasy yet in a sense

real in that materiality,

since it was and is always

there seems necessary–

almost crucial to my

survival.

At one time I gave up 99%

temporarily of my

possessions & I was free

as anything–I did not

need what I was so

clingingly attached to out

of fear.  I was released

and above happiness

because I couldn’t take

it with me and I found

out I didn’t need it.

Coal Mine Canyon with rain clouds, Arizona

Coal Mine Canyon with rain clouds, Arizona

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Misty Ghosts

I’m breaking “invisible” barriers–

I didn’t even know were there.

Like a line of ghosts you walk through,

unafraid because you don’t even

know you are doing it at the time

but you can look back or ahead & see

that that’s what you are, in effect,

doing.

Awareness may block your

progress through imaginings, fear.

But you’re blind to all that, set on

full speed ahead, and need a strong

arm to rein yourself in to stop this

powerful train of energetic movement

forward–going almost without thinking

or much forethought just plunging,

forging ahead to your requisite “goals”.

You listen inside for any “unconscious”

insights of warnings or encouragement

and then test it with your logic side

to see if a decision, an action,

is desirable–even as a “risk”

if it seems chancy or on the line as to

whether you really want to engage

in it from this perspective,

in advance.  The ghosts aren’t scary.

If they’re there, you don’t know it.

Close up of Osteosperum margarita Spoon.

Close up of Osteosperum margarita Spoon.

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Flightful Fantasies

A butterfly

never knows

when its wings

will come.

It barely remembers

its previous life

or even if it had

one.

Its born with wings

the only impediment

possibly is to wait

for them to dry.

Then it’s free

to fly

its entire lifetime,

frolicking in the

strong winds,

it can navigate

the air waves

seatbeltless and

uncrash/crushable

from flower

to succulent

flower.

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