Budding open

Budding open

I went to the swamp today.  It started out as a morel mushroom hunt, but forget them.  Official tally (from two trips):  Morel mushrooms 3, Wood Ticks, 19.  Or something like that anyway.  Looks like the Wood Ticks are winning.

It sometimes takes a long time for the Mind to settle down when you’re out in nature.  It’s still having conversations with people, thinking of chores which need tending, perhaps even writing a blog.  You have to wait until the Mind settles down.

Then you can really begin to see what’s in front of you.  Before that, you’re still lost in the world of Thoughts.  I like it when the Thoughts begin to dwindle away and you’re truly present to the sweet call of red wing blackbirds, the cooing of mourning doves, the drone of swamp-life. 

Beaver-chewed tree in swamp

Beaver-chewed tree in swamp

There’s another thing which keeps us separated and apart from being present in Nature.  We’re waiting for something exciting to happen.  Where’s the ducks?  Where’s the turtles?  Where’s the beaver? 

It takes a long time, sometimes, to stop anticipating and wanting excitement.  Whatever is in front of one’s face is what’s happening.  Don’t be looking for those bear or moose or wolves.  Just look at what’s present.  I guarantee you’ll feel much more peaceful and content.

Three bugs on a tree

Three bugs on a tree

It took me about twenty minutes to settle down and just be, watching the swamp.  They say it takes twenty minutes of meditation before your brain waves actually change (perhaps to Theta?)  It’s always good to give yourself twenty minutes of being present before moving on. 

Lots of trees have been gnawed off and carried away by industrious beaver to create a dam.  You couldn’t see the dam from where I sat.  There was a small fiddehead fern almost ready to unfold.  It looks very tender, doesn’t it?

Fiddlehead fern ready to unfurl

Fiddlehead fern ready to unfurl

On the way back to the car I found a young deer skull and bones.  You can tell it was a young ‘un by its teeth.  The older does and bucks have worn teeth.

Deer skull

Deer skull

The phone is ringing like crazy tonight so will sign off now.  Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day!  And I hope Mama Earth had a good day, too.  Let’s not forget she’s one of our most favorite mothers…

Shadow Play

Shadow Play

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