Friday, November 25, 2016

The Gathering

Like strands of yarn or bits of fabric,
We gather now all the various bits and pieces of ourselves into a bundle of being.
We bundle them up, gather them together, hold them within our clumsy embrace.
Clumsy because we are new at this.
Clumsy because our hands are now so full, our sense of ourselves is so volatile,
Changing from one day to the next.
Clumsy because our gathering up continues even when we think
That perhaps we have got it all gathered in,
So busy holding all of these bits and pieces and
Strands interwoven
While at the same time
We continue to come upon more bits, more strands,
And gather them in as well.

And all of this is done in love, so that we become thick with it,
Our eyes moist and our hearts open.

This is done in a quiet imperative of pressures
Unseen, undefined,
But none the less real for us.

We do not slow ourselves in this work of gathering at this time.
If anything, we increase our pace, become ever more aware
Of even the smallest strands and pieces which have not yet been touched,
Gathered in,
Included in the wholeness of our bundled selfhood.

Why? Why do we do this? Why now?

Like peripatetic families we learn to carry all that we
Have and all that we are
More easily with us,
For we are preparing ourselves for a journey.
We will travel swiftly and travel far and we know
Somehow that the time is upon us, the time is now,
And we must prepare for the journeying, prepare for the swiftness
And the distance and the unknowns
Of our becoming.

So we gather all of our parts and pieces, all of our strands and strains of selfhood,
All of our love and all of that which is not yet love which still we have within us
And we bundle it all into a more or less unified selfhood,
A more or less streamlined package,
So that we can go the distance
At a pace
That will
Find us
Where we should be
At the dawning
Of a new Age.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Water and Light

Here are photographs of Walden Pond in Massachusetts.

These are a celebration of the exceptionally clear and clean, almost silken water of the pond and the beautiful sunset that presented itself to me when I was there. These are presented to you in the order in which they were taken as the light changed and the night came in.

And here are three more. Two were taken at a Wildlife Refuge near Concord, Massachusetts.

The third one was taken at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Thank you for taking the time to experience the beauty of water and light through my camera lens.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Another offering of Words and Photographs

Back in 2005, I read a book by a woman named Diane Stein. It was called Earth Changes and was talking about the possibility of catastrophic events on our planet at or around the year 2012.

The year 2012 has come and gone and we are still here shining our radiance.

One small part of that book really spoke to me though. She mentioned that when we walk out of doors and have love for the world in our hearts, we send that energy to the Earth and it helps the Earth to be well and to heal in the places where it is damaged.

Over the years since I read that, I have kept it in mind and in heart and have explored it.

I recently created a YouTube project called 'Walking This Sacred Earth' that explores this idea and expands on it.

So far, there are four parts to the YouTube series. I plan to create a fifth part, Walking This Sacred Earth Off Road sometime in 2016.

For the first four parts of the series, which I really enjoyed creating and I am sure you will enjoy as well, click on these links:

Part 1 - Introduction

Part 2 - Walking in the City

Part 3 - Walking in the Suburb

Part 4 - Walking in the Country