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1 Minute Meditation: Pond Time

During the month of May I traveled to Buffalo to visit my Mom for Mother’s Day. Each morning the two of us went walking to a nearby park to enjoy the sights and sounds together.

Put yourself in our shoes… imagine it is early morning–the air is cool, no other people are in sight. The leaves on most trees are brand new–that fresh green color unique to spring. The woods is filled with the melody of bird songs. You sit on a bench overlooking a pond surrounded by trees. The sunlight feels good on your face. The still water creates a perfect mirror. Two canada geese are tooling around in the golden light. You have no where to be and nothing to do… You can sit and JUST BE:

Was it easy to imagine being there? Did you enjoy it? Do you have a place like this near you that you can go and do nothing but look, listen, and enjoy nature?

May the rest of your day be just as peaceful! See you again soon.

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Guess Who I Saw at the Pond Last Night

 

It is 6:15 pm. I sit on the ground, hidden amid dried reeds beside a pond, looking out at the still water. The vegetation swallows me and the camouflage jacket across my legs aids in my intended disappearance. Before my arrival, a chorus of American Toads filled the evening with song. I know if I sit long enough they will forget my presence and carry on.

In the distance, the mountains of western North Carolina decorate the horizon, just as the sun decorates the cloud-filled sky. I am here for the second time in one day, hoping for a glimpse of the otter family that I suspect lives in the hole in the muddy bank. Earlier today as I explored this site and the large meadow beyond. I found several piles of fresh scat loaded with fish scales, lots of tramped-down plants, mud flats with eaten freshwater clam shells and a tunnel disappearing into the ground halfway along the oval shaped pond. These signs TELL me otters have been here! Now I just have to wait and be patient.

The toads have indeed forgotten me and though they are loud enough to drown out all other sounds, it is surprising how few I can see. Most call from beneath the overhanging vegetation, preferring the natural roof to the open sky where I sit. Interesting how when I was here this morning they were much more bold, calling from several feet out where I had plenty of chances to photograph them. Now they are invisible.

Though I would love to see some larger animal, like an otter or fox, I am content to watch the changing light, be serenaded by the toads and do nothing. In our hurry-up lives, many of us never make time for this. I have always enjoyed this rare pleasure, fully aware of its power to rejuvenate me.

The sun has been swallowed by the mountains and a breeze now blows across the grasses. The otter must have had other plans, not wanting to make an appearance here this evening. It’s okay, I will return another day, many more days in fact. One day I might get lucky. And if I don’t, well that’s okay too, as there are plenty of other reasons to keep returning.

Here are a few “gems” from my day:

 

Sunrise over the meadow Spiders are AMAZING artists!A Meadow of Little Blue Stem Raindrops decorate the grassA toad hopes for a mateMating ToadsThis toad fills the air with songFlowers in the field Waterdrops on everything A hunting bluebirdA perfect design!Jewels on silkHanging on a thread Art in Nature More art Silken wonders Drops of water Perfection Spider art MoreMore spider art

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Schedule this regularly

feet-0308Try to just BE STILL. Our lives are jam-packed with To-Do lists and places we have to be. As often as you can, schedule some time to do nothing but BE. Find a quiet place where you can be undisturbed and just sit there and be still.

 

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Wisdom for your Wednesday: August 27th

 

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Do whatever it takes to make your life a reflection of your truest, deepest self. The happiest people in the world are those that find what they love, and then make this their life’s work.

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Miniature Worlds Tempt Me…

Lately I have been spending my mornings outside, exploring some wild fields near my house, hunting for tiny treasures…. Once I start looking, I discover they are everywhere! Hours melt away, like waves on some distant shore. I am caught in the moment, powered by my passion of capturing it all with my camera.

Spend some time outside today and see what gems you can find!

Female Common Whitetail dragonflyAmerican Lady butterfly A purple damselfly! Monarch on MilkweedSilver-Spotted Skimmer on PokeweedPipevine Swallowtail Perfection!American ladyFemale Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly Water art Adult spittlebug Hairstreak butterfly A crab spider on purple-headed sneezeweedPearl crescent butterflyA damselfly Tiny treasures A Monarch Tussock Moth CaterpillarA milkweed bug Beetle on MilkweedLots of aphids! Katydid in the grassA Ladybug with aphidsA lovely flower! Water drops on silkCrab spiderA robber fly Garden spider with lunchHoneybee Dragonfly A clearwing hummingbird mothNature's art Damselfly in the grassPearls of watergrasshopper Hairstreak butterflyDamselfly A Leafhopper

 

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