In our weekly mindfulness meditation group, I’ll focus this week on walking meditations, which I experienced in abundance at a retreat with Thich Nhat Hahn many years ago. Hundreds of us walked slowly, silently with Thich Nhat Hahn and his community around the campus of Stonehill College. There’s a gatha, or poem, you can recite in your mind to make … Read More
Pedaling Fast, Expressing into Nature
It’s a gorgeous time of year to ride a bike on nature trails, golden leaves shining. After heavy rains this last week, also a challenging time to ride a bike on nature trails. On my usual path, two trees fell across each other creating a narrow passage that I had to duck down low to pass through. Over the usual … Read More
There goes the man with the stick
I’m searching for the name for the feeling, when you learn you’ve been admired and anticipated for your daily routines…and had no idea they were even being observed. I was down at Mann’s Pond last week with my staff, as I often am, practicing the sword movements that connect me with abundant nature. (Diamond 8 Cut in Shintaido). A young … Read More
Deborah Sampson Park Haiku 10/10/20
windy to the left / to the right and all around / windy up there too
Moose Hill Farm Haiku 10/10/20
early autumn hike / down a trail to see and feel / the glimmering wind
windy afternoon — a moment to stop and watch / purple bob around
From a retreat I went to many years ago with mindfulness pioneer and Zen master Thich Nhat Hahn, this walking meditation: The mind can travel in a thousand directionsbut on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With every step, a gentle wind blowsWith every step, a flower blooms.
still there’s a harvest / in a challenging season / plenty of plumpkin
sail the little leaf / over the little waves of / life’s high adventure
Friendly goat on North Main
As I was driving by, I could tell it wasn’t a large dog eating some shrubs. I pulled over and was happy to be greeted by this friendly goat.