Each night I gaze upon a pond,
A zen body sitting beside a moon.
Nothing is really there and yet
It is all so clear and bright
I cannot describe it.
If you would know the empty mind
Your own mind must be as clear and bright
As this full moon upon the water.
– Chiao Jan (785–895)
Alas… I still do not possess “bodhichitta”…. Too often, my view is obscured by the branches and ripples of my daily mind. That is a primary reason I go into the wild.
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
― John Muir
Another pretty picture to get you through until the spring…
[this time from MorningLori one of the Appalachian Trials Bloggers ]
Great-great Uncle Hieronymus Grundelore and his friend Timo a couple of weeks before the poaching conviction.
800 ft. high Spider Rock, Canyon De Chelly (uncredited- Tumblr)
An Internet buddy of mine posted this photo of three of his Alaskan Malamutes out free and happy on the range near his home [up in the South Park of Colorado] this morning.
I have never met the man, and maybe never will. However, I know we share the love of living someplace that is far from convenient, but one that lets us wake up each morning with considerable joy for just “living” the day.
[you can check out his breeding kennel page over on the Facebook– MountainShadowsMalamutes]
A giant snake made of stacked stones outside of Borrego Springs, CA
[from http://www.wheelingit.us/ … Click thru to their site to see a photo of the snake up close and personal]