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Quiet Mind

How does it feel
When your mind is quiet
All chatter is gone
Churning has ceased
And your thoughts rest
On the shores of silence?

How does it feel
When light slowly seeps in
Hope reappears
Gratitude takes hold
And the quiet space
Is filled with peace?





Affordable Therapies of Nature

When I feel worried, tired or anxious about something, feelings most of us have every now and then, I know that those feelings arise from something I allow to bother me. I feel out of balance and not able to get real rest. Something in me has gotten out of synch, whatever triggered it.  And I don’t like feeling that way.

I know that such feelings won’t help me deal with whatever might need to be dealt with. They won’t help me to adapt, to forgive, to change things or to let go. They will just bring in negativity into my life because, essentially, they are expressions of negative expectations.

There are many ways of dealing with these feelings, many therapies. I am sure we all have tried some of them and they all have their benefits and rightful uses. One “therapy” that doesn’t cost anything has proven effective for me in many situations: connecting with nature.

Whether I find myself worrying about something “bad” that potentially could happen or when something I don’t like has already happened, I try to seek a place in the embrace of nature where I can still my mind, mediate and pray. And just connect with the oneness of everything.

Why does it work? I think that as soon as I find a place in nature that talks to me, I see myself more objectively, as part of creation. I can look at my fears without such a strong attachment to the subjective reality I experience or anticipate, and see my worries in a different perspective. And I will discover that my negative expectations or fears are unnecessary and unproductive. The nature touches me ever so gently to calm me down, to enable me to reestablish the connection to the very core of me. And at the core I find peace, always.

I think that those of us who spend time in the nature, whether walking, hiking, biking, jogging, skiing, rowing, sailing or just sitting on a bench under the trees or on the beach, experience the healthy effects of spending time surrounded by nature. Experiencing well-being produced by nature doesn’t mean that we need to be far out in an exotic location or in the wilderness. Nature’s therapies can be enjoyed in the park two blocks away and even in our own backyard.

If we can’t get out there, even looking at the pictures of nature’s magnificent creations, including the very tender, intricate details produced by nature, can calm us. That is, if we pause and let the pictures influence us.

Are you taking advantage of these affordable “therapies” for your well-being?

In all its many appearances

nature calls man

to come and enjoy

its soothing therapies

only for the price

of ensuring that

its possessions of beauty

will be preserved.

Getting Rid of the Squatter

I’ve discovered that a squatter has been staying on my premises every now and then. He appears to have been here much less often now than he used to previously. That’s of course a good thing. And he’s more shy and unassuming now than he used to be. You know, earlier he was so bold. He would come up to my face and tell me that he was here to stay. He would sit in my best sofa and just make himself at home. Sometimes he even took the throw to warm himself.  To look cozy, like he belonged here.

When I asked him to leave, he would just linger there somewhere, and once he even showed me his ID. I remember his last name was Worry.  I think he has changed it now to something less obvious. But I suspect he might still be trespassing at times. Like a shadow next to you that you can’t really recognize at once. He’s hard to pin down. That’s so him, comes and goes.

So more recently I’ve taken precautions to make sure Mr. Worry doesn’t get in any more. Started a renovations project. First, I changed my locks. Bought nice, high quality locks of the new Positive brand. They seem to be working really well, haven’t seen him coming through the doors for a long time now. And I also changed my windows to the Negative-Resistant type so he can’t come in that way, or even see into the house to learn what’s going on. Finally, I repaired the roof with new Protective sheets of the durable Trust brand to ensure there were no leaks. All in all I’m happy with the results of my renovations.

However, during big storms I can still sense he’s close by. In the vicinity somewhere. It could be my wild imagination. Or could he still be slinking in quietly through the chimney? I better put a new cap there, just in case. You know the one that they call Let Go. It allows smoke and steam to blow out to the winds, but doesn’t let anything in. That should work.