Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday Ramble - Trailing Edges

I open my eyes, the trailing edges of a dream by woodland and river brushing against my foggy mind – impressions of roots and moss covered rocks, ferns springing up and wildflowers blooming in shady places, flickering sunlight and blue sky seen through old trees, the song of the river in its blithe becoming.

There was melancholy in my dream and an element of panic too – the night’s concerns linger as I come slowly back to life with coffee in hand after my night's ramblings.  What if I am failing here in this lifetime?  What if I am unable to share in any meaningful way, just how rare and precious and beautiful is this sacred earth we are all treading together?

The tender ferns emerging from the ancient rocks in the gorge care not for such things, and they are content simply to be there in the sunlight of their native place.  Perhaps, like them I get to come back and leaf out over and over again until I get things right.  I remember Joanna Macy's words and am comforted:

It is my experience that the world itself has a role to play in our liberation. Its very pressures, pains, and risks can wake us up -- release us from the bonds of ego and guide us home to our vast, true nature. For some of us, our love of the world is so passionate that we cannot ask it to wait until we are enlightened.
Joanna Macy, World as Lover, World as Self

Whatever happens, I know that I shall be here among these hills forever and drinking in the light.  My molecules will disperse and reassemble and cavort in many other life forms, but it may be that they will remember in some small measure or scrap of their being what it was like to be here this time around.  That is quite enough...

[This is actually an expanded version of my contribution a few days ago to Elderwoman Musings, and the morning described was one of those watershed moments in life.  I've added a quote from one of my favorite Buddhist thinkers and handful of words to clarify my thoughts at the time.  My friends at "Musings", Kathleen, Donna and Ellen are wise and thoughtful women, and they are the finest of companions for mindful journeying through this world with camera, pen and notebook in hand]


Angie said...

OH!---------- this pierces me, through heart and soul, and I'm sure these particular words will linger and echo in my mind for a long time to come.......

Gary O said...

Rest assured... you are indeed sharing in a very meaningful way, in this rare and precious blog. Thank you!