flow

go–no go–go

Feeling disconnected

then connected.

I can stand back

go within

having distanced

myself from

supposed problems,

delays,

I say:  What can

I do while I wait?

Then I do it.

I look up.

Oh, I think I’m

connected again.

That was short!

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

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

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Rain Run

Went for a run in the rain.

I knew it would clear up

but I couldn’t wait…

The rain is quiet.  No one

ventures out in it (if they’re

in their right mind!)

It’s just you and the

animals–most of them

are hunkered down, too.

Frogs are star players–hidden

but heard.  Of course, the

ducks are saying, “what

kept you so, rain?”

Just me & the wind and

the rain.  Hopping around

puddles–no tracks

but mine appeared.

 

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Wanderlust

I just want to wander

here and there

wherever I feel

for an hour–

not on the freeway

at rush hour

but somewhere in nature

that I can feel relaxed

enough to sense my

gut feelings and try

to ‘hear’, be aware of

them, telling me or

giving me ideas

of where to go next,

what to do & see what

happens.

Such non-directive

living might seem

an exercise in futility

but I think, contrarily,

it will get us in touch

with a creative part of

ourselves that we are

constantly suppressing

by our judgemental, critical,

negative thinking.

Wood Duck in pond at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens. Oregon

Wood Duck in pond at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens. Oregon

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Let go

Sweep me away, rain

off my feet

down the street

take me to new lands

an adventurous digression

from the onerous grind of life.

Give me wings

I’ll fly!

parachuteless

through the sky

star bound

even though I only

see one

until night

and they all appear.

Sun through snow covered tree at Anthony Lakes in winter

Sun through snow covered tree at Anthony Lakes in winter

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PROcrastination

Get started writing.

Do you know a better way

than to just ‘get started’?

I don’t.

Sometimes when I wait for

inspiration, it’s like snail

mail.  I used to go out to the

mail box everyday waiting

for some word from my loved

one.  I had to wait.

Inspiration will keep you

on the line like that until

you give up exasperated.

So I try to follow the

rules I tell my students.

Because they’ll also take

forever if you give it to

them.  I say, “no rush.”

Let an idea come, there’s

lots of them all over the place.

Your imaginations are rich

with things to write about.

BUT if after a minute

nothing shows up,

you start writing anyway.

One kid actually took me

up on writing, “I don’t know

what to write about”, after

I told him to write even that!

Pacific Albus (Poplar) tree farm, Boardman Tree Farm, Oregon

Pacific Albus (Poplar) tree farm, Boardman Tree Farm, Oregon

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A Crooked Path

I kind of like that I follow

some inner impulse–

most of the time.

I worry about not being

perfect.  The universe

chuckles over that all

the time.

I go in a rather jagged,

zig-zag course forward

trying to “feel” where

I’m going as well as

watch out for running

into poles while I’m so

engrossed in myself!

Sensible thinking also

comes along.  I’m not

sure how helpful it is.

It’s usually built with

guilt & fear which are

useless to me.

Yet I carry that baggage

& most of it sticks to

me like glue as much

as I try to shed it off.

At the end of the day

I get to let it rest

and I usually get

to go at it again the

next day.

Even with a map,

I still veer.

Field of yellow tulips with one red tulip. Mt. Vernon. Washington

Field of yellow tulips with one red tulip. Mt. Vernon. Washington

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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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Synchronicity

Snychronistic meetings really

make me wondering…

timing is everything

who knows if a minute

later or earlier

would have changed

things

as it was the timing

that was precise.

I was choosing

ways that led me to

where I went

and voila,

synchronicity.

My being is calmer.

I’m choosing

differently than

when I was

more rattled

and nervous.

So, that was

influencial in

where I went first

& when today–

synchronistic events

gave me a productive

& joyful day

not ordinarily

experienced.

Close up of Blue-eyed Beauty (Osteospermum)

Close up of Blue-eyed Beauty (Osteospermum)

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Speed Living

I am on a fast path.

I don’t know if I want

to slow down and lose all the

benefits of accomplishment

I feel moving this quickly.

Slower is often a more saturated

experience.  I really feel things

more fully, more deeply.

Like speed reading and speed

eating, you give up something

in the process–even if you do

get more done or “seem” to enjoy

shovelling food down your

throat at a ditch digger’s

pace.

Sometimes it’s very hard

to slow myself down,

almost impossible seeming.

So sometimes I go with the

faster flow, knowing sooner

or later I will have to stop

or slow to face myself,

my thoughts, & my feelings.

Stopping like all stops

regenerates

so you come out more

powerful.

Rest and recuperation are

necessary for a fast or

a slow life lived joyously.

 

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Flowing

The endless end of the day:

don’t want to give it up–

to sleep.

Too much fun, joy

riding the wave of

weekend energy

seeming to be pulled

forward into activity

ending up where I

want to be over & over

again all day.

My job involves making

decisions that may

involve disappointing

people and in the end

being unfair.  My

knowledge is so limited,

in each situation, I’m

bound to err.

I challenge myself

to be better everyday

but really so stern

a view of my output

is self-destructive

continuously applied.

Relax.  Ease up.

Let the day unfold,

play out as it

is “supposed'” to.

Don’t fight it,

it will go by itself.

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