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Reflections of the Day

By Dayvid Clarkson

Grand Mother Moon is not yet in her fullness, however her light illuminates the night. I enjoy living in the country, being able to see the sky without the city lights dimming my view. I am well protected surrounded by majestic evergreens swaying gently with the wind. My view looks over the lake encompassing the farmer’s fields and the mountain guardians in the distance.

I am sated with this evening's meal and I rest in a comfortable and warm abode. What am I missing?

There is this mystically deep yet fleeting yearning to understand the sojourn. I think I recognize my senses are not yet developed sufficiently to comprehend the vastness of this existence. What I am learning is ‘Wu Wei’. It is an important concept of Taoism and means natural action, or in other words, action that does not involve struggle or excessive effort. It appears when I attempt to control outcomes I am somehow struggling. When I let go and stop trying to govern the future life seems to flow.

It is extremely difficult to release control when all our lives we are taught to take action, to dominate, to be the best. A quiet smile grows on my face as I feel a reflective warmth spread through me.

I will always be satisfied with baby steps. I don’t know where I am headed but I know I am traveling well. It is definitely not as I had planned it yet I am enjoying how it is turning out. No words will ever express that quiet knowing that life is flowing as it should.

Some are on a similar journey so I encourage you to stay the course. It is easy to write harder to live it. I will continue to practice.

Sleep well, Dream deep my Friends.
November 14, 2021

This evening I was reflecting on the power of language. Without language how would I think, how would I dream? For all intents and purposes, I think and dream in words. These words were taught to me and through personal experience, I have shaped and enhanced them to suit me. Every word will hold a different meaning and subtle nuances for each individual. Have you ever tried to think or imagine something without applying words? No matter how vague or emotionally elusive we will peel back the layers of any concept until we find words. Every experience is automatically translated into words. Yet with the stroke of a pen words can whisk one-off to faraway places, share experiences of serendipity and serenity.

Words can lift us up when we are down. Words can bring comfort to an old friend. Yes, words hold great negative power as well. For now, I choose to surround myself with positive words and start taking power away from the negative word pictures. If I require words to think and dream I will increase my positive vocabulary and be mindful of words that no longer serve me. It might just be time for me to edit my dictionary. Let your words be positive, let your language be of benefit to you and yours.
Sleep well, dream deep my Friends.
November 18, 2021

It is a misty evening, which I enjoy as it appears to deepen the quiet and bring the world closer. The distant drum calls my name as sure as my heart beats. I look to the sacred circle, the Elders wait. I am grateful for the day and will look for the lessons of the Dreams. I think about the time I wasted until getting to this place. A draft of smoke stings my eyes.

‘You have not wasted time my Son. For every moment and every breath were required to bring you here.’

My eyes no longer hurt I see the wisdom.
Sleep well, dream deep my Friends.
November 17, 2021

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