Saturday, January 21, 2012

aliveness and newness moment by moment

kris sent me her album of photos taken at the free farm over our warm, dry, sunny winter. it’s really cool to see some of her photos due to the absence of people—somewhat rare to get these glimpses inside the free farm’s wired fence, as i just show up during our activity-filled volunteer days. but kris happens to be one of our volunteers in the neighborhood who has access anytime to care for the free farm.

though our wonderful and energetic volunteers make the free farm happen, sometimes it’s just nice to experience the incredible aliveness and tranquility of nature in solitude—away from the distraction of other breathing human beings. it’s like knowing how to be with “aliveness and newness moment by moment,” according to ancient taoists, if we can experience energetic balance (qi flow) and adaptation to our environment.

kris’ still life photos brought to mind this powerfully moving poem by e.e. cummings:

i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday; this is the birth
day of life and love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any-lifted from the no
of all nothing-human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

kris also included these fun shots of our energetic volunteers who help make the free farm happen!

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