Haiku – nature takes her time

lion and lamb

Painting of Una and the Lion by Septimus Edwin Scott.

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Nature takes her time

March enters like a lion

April lambs ahead

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The forecast for the next couple of weeks here in the NorthEast US, is cold, windy and snow filled.

Nature has her own rhythm right now, and reminds us of the importance for snow to moisten and nourish the earth for Spring.

Finding your Middle Ground is about pausing and accepting what is happening in the here and now.

If you hear yourself complaining about the weather, remember Eckhart Tolle’s words:

“Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is.

Say “yes” to life —and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”

And keep that snow shovel handy!

* Tao Inspiration for our Times

winder weather

Sometimes a passage from the Tao te Ching comes to light at just the right time. With the storms in the Western US and the upcoming change in government, this seems to be a timely share.

Water is unquestionably soft and yielding,
Yet it can carve massive canyons
And sweep away entire cities with ease.

This is because it does not rise up in solid fragility like the structures of humanity,
But flows in low places, fluid and flexible like humanity itself.

There is great strength in what seems weak,
Great instability in what seems strong.

The creation of grand structures implies their inevitable destruction.
Humble, flexible, transitory existence implies true continuity.

In this way, things imply their opposites.

We all know this, because we have seen it.
Somehow, in living our lives, we forget.*

~ Lao Tzu

“Things imply their opposites” yet we make judgments, along with our plans. Are we  really ready for the unexpected?

The future has yet to unfold.
Be open. Be ready.

Be ready to be fierce. Be ready to be kind

 

*Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David. Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 1028-1041). . Kindle Edition.

* Tao Wisdom ☯ – fire and stillness

sunset in winter

Fiery sunset in Waterlogue

 

Movement is necessary to overcome the cold,

But when excessive movement threatens to set the world aflame,

Cool stillness will bring things back to order.*

 

Wise words for the ever changing weather outside and within us all.

 

* Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David (2012-12-02). Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 632-634). . Kindle Edition.

Haiku – Season Less Being

be season less~

Find your Middle Ground

Life without weather complaints

Season less Being

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Life is Like … the weather

My musings this morning as the snow comes down and I prepare / procrastinate to  shovel ……. Life is like the weather.

Weather

Some times we know ahead of time to prepare for an upcoming storm or get the chairs out for a glorious stretch of sunshine and warmth.

At other times the weather comes without notice and catches us off guard.

We can spend time worrying about what the weather will be like so we can plan accordingly.

Being prepared makes us feel more safe and secure.

At the end of the day though we have to acknowledge it and accept it.

Like life, we try to control what we can in order to feel safe.

Like life, its often the anticipation of the worst that is harder than living in it.

Like life, there are moments that take our breath away and fill our heart with gratitude.

Like life, there are moments that are uncomfortable and challenging.

Like life, we can find comfort, love, peace, contentment, inspiration and joy  in the highs and lows.

Like life, it will pass.

Namaste x