Posted byAndrew Furst
Posted onDecember 7, 2013
Posted underWestern Lights
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Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
- William Ernest Henley
I recently went to a conference in San Diego and had the great fortune to stay at one of the worlds most beautiful resort hotels, the Hotel Del Coronado. Among the many perks of staying at this hotel was an ocean facing hotel room. I fell asleep and woke to the sound of the surf. Also being on east coast time, I was up very early and got to enjoy walks on the beach in the morning. I’ll share this one with you today.
The sun crowns the day
The Queen dances and the King
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This video of Twenty Mile Stream was taken in Cavendish Vermont on the property of some good friends who are building a tiny house. We’ve spent a few weekends helping them with the framing and siding. The time there also afforded us the opportunity to enjoy the fall foliage in it’s peak.
Fall is the season of maturity. For those of you close to me, you know that my family has been in a period of deep introspection and healing. This time in Vermont was important for us to be together in a way that allowed us to move on from a period of crisis towards a sense of normalcy.
Twenty miles is a great metaphor for this time of my life. It recalls the duration of a marathon. This fall we’ve embarked on a long trek that will require all of us to grow up a little faster then perhaps we’d like.
Finding myself on Twenty Mile stream during the equinox may be a message from the universe. We are preparing for events no less disruptive than the planet sharply tilting on it’s axis.
Bearing witness to the shifts in nature helps us to instinctively adjust. We adapt better by being out in nature. Breathing in the scent of decay, feeling the change in temperature on our skin, and the exposing ourselves to the receding daylight give us conscious and instinctive cues to adapt to the season.
Sitting at a keyboard, basking in fluorescent light divorces us from nature. If we’re immersed in the din of these unnatural urban fluctuations, we’re separated from the natural dance of the seasons. It separates us from reality and draws us deeper into our own heads where the worries, regrets and delusions live.
For me this equinox is a powerful one, requiring that I be awake and mindful. It has demanded a great deal of me , and I’ve needed to seek comfort and assistance from all quarters. The touchstone that gives me the most peace, wherewithal, and energy is being in the present moment. Those moments aren’t always beautiful, but being beside Twenty Mile Stream was instructive. Pausing by a cool stream and being available to the experience offered a gateway to a deep well of peace, it prepared me to seek that peace in more difficult moments.
Too cold to step in
As Heraclitus echos
in my heavy mind
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I am a rain drop that has merged back within the ocean and in doing that I share the oceans powerful qualities.
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