busyness

Outing

I like to write

but I need to

sleep.

I went out to nature

as busy as my

mind was

hardly appreciating

the peacefulness

of the beauty

I was immersed

in.

I am glad

what

I was in

became

a relief

for even

part of

my day.

 

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Live Now

Just slow down.  What’s the big

problem?  If you fill your life

to overflowing, bursting at

the seams with activity, you won’t

even get to know who you are–

become acquainted with

yourself.

What you like, what you really

feel, and believe.

I shouldn’t try to make

life so complicated.  It’s

simple.  It’s in the moment,

not in my mind which

is usually not in the

moment.

Enjoying the simple

pleasures of life–such

a trite phrase, but you

need go no further than

that and have things

turn out just fine.

No regrets–

if you’re there

when it’s there.

 

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Stop

To stop seems dangerous.

Like riding a bicycle,

only forward movement

keeps you up.

No more, I’m full.

The flow has to reverse

in order to make room

to continue intaking.

A rest of sorts is needed.

A feeling is necessary

to give direction,

momentum

again.

A soul-searching

feeling–it was

in there all along

but buried under

mounds of

debris.

Too much, too fast

dictates an overflow

run amok

flooding every direction

at once, inundating

all channels to anywhere.

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Going to Work

Staying home

has its plusses.

You get to ‘rest’ a lot

compared to a day at work.

But guess what?

I never thought I’d yearn

for a day of work.

As much as I like walking

in nature,

a day at home

seems rather empty

and unfulfilling in a way.

But just like sleep, we need it

apparently–at least I do–

or the rest of life is not very

rewarding–as much of it

as you can see with your

eyelids half-open and

brain on ‘conserve resources’

a kind of screen-saver

consciousness, without

adequate sleep.

So tomorrow I will try to

make sense of the day

trying to draw out the

wisdom of young ones

who will help me see my way.

Northern Anchovy (Engraulis anchovy). Oregon Coast Aquarium. Newport, Oregon.

Northern Anchovy (Engraulis anchovy). Oregon Coast Aquarium. Newport, Oregon.

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On a Walk

No.  I don’t have time for a walk, today.

Yes you do!  Get your butt out that door

and go walking.

Who knows what’s out there that’s new

or changed from yesterday?

I saw a tree that went (belly) roots

up as it fell over.  I don’t remember

seeing that before.  No strong wind

yesterday that I remember.

My memory is good and I’m very

observant–don’t like to miss a

thing I can take in with my eyes.

So the next time I visit a place,

years later sometimes, I remember

how it was then & I can see all the

changes.

I don’t remember this tree on its

side, half way in the river but

my mind is busy these days

with “problems” or puzzles I

try to sort out while I walk, so

I could have missed it, OR

I am just really waking up

to getting out of myself &

becoming more aware of the/

my environment.

Demoiselle Crane or Lovely Lady crane. Grand Hyatt, Kauai, Hawaii.

Demoiselle Crane or Lovely Lady crane. Grand Hyatt, Kauai, Hawaii.

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Truckin’

Shop til you drop

write til your nose

is impaled on the desk

if more is coming

let it come

you don’t want

to leave

before you’re finished.

Still, there’s a tipping point

of diminishing returns.

Your (energy) high point

may have been passed

long ago and now you

struggle to write what

was once easy before.

You’re mind and body need

rest.

Conditioning is built

up over time, not the

other way around.

 

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Ebb and Flow

In the ebb and flow of life

you learn to go with it.

Some days you have energy

and get a lot done.

Some, you don’t

but that doesn’t mean

something important

didn’t happen–within.

Rest and activity–the

basis of life.

Clean & dirty also

happen.

When alone time

is needed, alone time is

taken unless you

don’t heed the signals

that say stay away

–for a while–then get

back to being your

social, normal self

–in moderation.

Overdoing either brings

unbalance.

Our idea of what’s “best”

is just “our idea”, not

necessarily what’s best.

Red Rock Canyon. Waterton National Park, Canada.

Red Rock Canyon. Waterton National Park, Canada.

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24 hrs.

Everyday we do what we do.

Doesn’t seem we’ve been given

the gift of 24 hrs. to do with

as we please.

We look back on the day and

say, ” What was I so busy

for?”  I could have been

enjoying myself,

doing what I love.

My life is ordered of a

sorts.  If I change

the routine,

I may need to re-adjust

every other aspect affected

by it.

It’s often easier to do

the same things (that

keep me afloat) daily &

not skip because my

body knows it missed

out on a “treat” of some-

thing it enjoys and will

usually let me know

I haven’t become healed

or strong enough to move

on or away from that

most helpful activity

repeated day after day.

There’s a big chunk in

the middle that’s über

creative and almost

never the same, though,

for balance.

Crimson star flower (Adenium). Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Arizona

Crimson star flower (Adenium). Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Arizona

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No where to go

There’s really no where to go

pizza to go, going fishing

no where will going somewhere

get you to where you want to be.

So…just be.

being is where its at

no where to go just be–be within

be without but be

with one e.

eat your heart out–

if that’s what you’re hungry for

have liver have whatever you want

it’s all within or will be

once you get there

to rendezvous with it

busy bee living lets you not

be.  or it’s very hard to just be

and do something else unless you’ve

practiced a long time.

Then there are those quirks where

all of a sudden you’re a master

and you don’t have a clue to how it

happened.  But you’re glad it did.

You’ll accept all gifts from the universe.

It wouldn’t have came if you didn’t want

it.  Being allows you not to be a moving

target so the universe can find you when

it has something to deliver.

 

 

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Brain Power

I love feeding my brain foods that

make it work better.  I’m not sure what’s

doing what, but I don’t give out so easily

to fatigue & fogginess of mind.

I’ve made some changes in my food

and since then I sort of experienced a

rebirth.  Actually, wild blueberries,

which I now have daily in smoothies

are known by the nickname, according

to one author, as “a resurrection food.”

That’s how I feel.  When I feel a lag in

energy, I take a swig of my brought-

with-me smoothie and it picks

me right up.

My brain is constantly fed, glucose

being used up by stress almost as

fast as I can take it in.  There is some

lag time depending upon how much

I take in at once.

A whole blenderful lasts quite a while–

two, even longer, but then I run low on

gas and have to fill up again.

Everything’s pretty stable–my blood

sugar, my moods, my energy.  The more

stress, the more I need the smoothie.

I eat “normally”  at other times but esp.

on the go or when I’m home just relaxing,

I prefer to consume the smoothie and

other cravings leave for a while–if even

I have them at all.

More smoothie, if I want it.  Brain Power!

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