Walking Backwards

Walking backwards–the route–

not my body–produces awarenesses

you don’t as readily notice when

you trek your tried and true

favorite path.

They were all there before but

now you see & feel them in a new


You may even test yourself by

trying to follow your

intuitive knowingness of

where & which way to go.

I got so far out that I

wasn’t sure the way back

would be all that enjoyable

if I was tired & pushing

to get home.  Which has

happened before when I get

greedy and go beyond what

my body & inner sense is

telling me.  I just love it

so much.  And some days

I’m feeling really great & that

enjoyment is all the more


But today turned out fine.

And my inner knowingness

assured me it would give

me the energy to get back

with ease.  I love walking.








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I want to enter into &

merge with your feelings.

I want a connection, a bond

to form,  unlike any I’ve ever

had before.

Those were tentative.  The

back door was always open.

Ready to be dashed out of at any

moment.  For an escape

of commitment.

How injurious of myself

to hesitate, to risk entering

into a feeling partnership

with another–at least

initially–to form a

basis for a stronger bond.

I must be easy on myself,

not ever having bared that

vulnerable part of myself

much in my life.

‘Mistakes’ of fear & hiding

as so painful.  Much

more so than opening

I would think when I have

the courage to do it.

I’m ready to start

practicing.  Any other

way is just too painful

to run from.


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The Eye of a Needle

There are ways to walk–a path free and

clear of major obstructions, that ease your


Open eyes see the sidebars of the trail.

Choosing to investigate a less than

easily appearing route, is your call,

or should I say “inside” will tell you

which way is worth looking into.

Learning is what life gives us for living

its fully possible situations that

beckon the curious.

A lot’s to be understood and appreciated

for what it is.

To turn away from the new–at least

new to you–is a weighed choice

you may have to make on your own.

Trusting your wide, easy path

may be dull for its lack of

challenge, you often strike out

for the turnouts to see if

anything is there for you.

Wisdom resides within to prevent

regrets.  We can hone that overseer,

or at least our perception of it, to

give direction that reaches our

sense of relying on, or consistently,

consulting it.


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Walk into Fear

Not to walk in to the fires of fear

is a sure death sentence for the

soul, and the life of the being.

The fear will not leave until you

face it.  And then it may only lessen.

Repeat lessons are usually in order

and you get better with practice.

That’s the way for most of us.  Non-

Mozarts.  It always seems to be going

nowhere to us and the progress we

expect.  But down the road, a meeting

with a friend you haven’t see in a while

highlights your here-to-fore unawareness

of how beautifully you’ve changed.

It’s good to go for what you want.  Not let

outside forces affect your steps.  Or your

mind cajoleing you in wayward directions.

You may get singed.  Most steps going

anywhere can’t avoid it.  Your thin skin will

become thicker and you won’t be thrown

off so easily anymore.











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Moving On

One step at a time

forward or at least motion

to somewhere–backwards–

it could be–but movement

in a direction off



Going round & round


AM I dizzy?

Stillness precludes my day

eludes my day

a center within

never visited

for very long.

I would like to hang out

there for a whole

weekend if possible

without shirking

my “duties”

or getting bored

or wasting, or at least feel

I’m wasting, my time.

Being is not taught

in school.

Such a shame.

The whole of society

suffers for it.














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One at a Time

Ginko leaves with rain drops.

Ginko leaves with rain drops.

Try to cram one more second

into a 24 hr. day–

and you can’t do it!

You have to start over

with a new day tomorrow.

It would be good to get some

great, deep sleep

in between,

so you have a good chance

of really starting anew.

Relegated to the archives

of your memory,

today is history almost

as soon as it’s made.

Note the notable,

learn to do better

next time–you will,

skill always follows


The adventure awaits–

the sun will herald it.

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Going Out

If I didn’t leave the house…

I wouldn’t get to experience


to feel the ups and downs, challenges

& failures or near “successes”.

I wouldn’t get to know

myself so well–

as long as I was true to

yours truly.

I look back (on the day) and

think of all the efforts I made

that wouldn’t have been made

otherwise had I not–left the


I don’t realize how much I’ve

moved forward

as my mind is normally

focused on–if I’d only did a

little better, I would have

had a near or more perfect


I’ve lots of room for improve-

ment, upon reflection, but

of course, in the heat of fire,

you do the best you can

in the moment.

None of this would happen if

I arm-chaired it and

“tried” to quarterback my

life from home.

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I got paid to play!

I feel like a NFL star.

With kids 3-5 years old

the only thing important

to them is to eat and play.

Indoors and out.

They delight in their new

abilities–to catch the

ball–to throw the ball.

To be stubborn or to not

fight it at all & go with

the flow–they are good

at doing that, mostly.

So creative.

There’s no ‘right’ way

because every way

is a new way for them,

so they can decide

how they want to

do it.

They’re not ‘serious’


You couldn’t pay

them not to play!


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Inspiration is in short supply?

No problem.  Well, not much of a

problem, anyway.

I had to walk on a steep slope, muddy

and over growing with poison oak

to get past the lake of water covering

the trail.

No problem or not much of one,


If we’re always stopped or turned

back by challenges,

what fun is there in life?

No, I do not want poison oak.

No, I do not want to go back.

And no, I do not want to fall

in the water.

So yes, I made it through

with less hesitation & ponder-

ing my abilities than

I expected.

Had I turned back, it would

have been o.k. but I

wanted to go forward.

And I did.

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What is the truth?  Whatever it is

or however close we can come to uncovering

it, I want to come.

Teaching science in school is pretty outdated

from what new discoveries were made since

the info I’m delivering was made–books,

videos, etc.

I tell the kids to research on the internet

their areas of interest they’re just being made

aware of by school curriculums.

But personally, I would like to keep up with

as much new science as possible and

archeological discoveries that are

happening all the time–they just don’t

make the “news”–a very controlled

medium from what I understand.  So we

may be “force-fed” the truth or we may

not.  Depending on whose interest it is

in delivering certain information.

So, there are other seekers such as myself

who will tell what they find out & I’m

interested to see how the “new” information

jibes with what we’ve been told, so far.

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