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stepping into the real world

This summer has not only seemed to pass quickly, but the world seems more crowded than ever. Perhaps it's TIME that seems more crowded than ever, and perhaps that's because I turned 70 in June. I think of my Aunt Bride, nearly 90, who has been saying to me for a few years "It's Monday and then suddenly it's Friday!" I feel a bit like that this summer!

So I examine my relationship with time, and it has led me to a deeper interior practice of taking myself into the present moment throughout the day. It Is not easy. And yet, I am pulled and fascinated by the moments offered to me by this simple intentional shifting of attention, a dropping into, a kind of coming back to reality. Now.

And so when I came across this quote from Mary Oliver, I felt and understood it immediately:

       The Old Poets of China

Wherever I am the world comes after me.

It offers me busyness. It does not believe

that I do not want it. Now I understand

why the old poets of China went so far and high

into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.

If I cannot be an old poet of China, I am indeed glad to resonate with Mary Oliver.

 

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28.11 | 07:46

Now into a second reading of INK and HONEY, I am finding it much richer and it's pulling me ever deeper into contemplation of my daily life.

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28.11 | 07:35

Perusing your musings about these books are a great help for me so I can choose my next book.. one that resonates at this time in my life. Thanks Brenda.

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22.11 | 20:53

Welcomed reading recommendations !

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24.10 | 21:40

and you have gifted me with cards that were like visits!!

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