RetreatPosted: August 27, 2012
Day 1. Today I saw a hawk moth in the wildflower meadow. It’s the first time I’ve seen one here. His little wings were moving so fast that it was impossible to capture anything other than a blur.
I also learned about madhya, the gap or stillness between two thoughts, two breaths, or two moments in time. Looking online for a definition or a quote, I found this article about being too busy by Sally Kempton where she explains:
The One Who is Not Busy lives in the space between every breath. She (I’ll call her she, though of course she’s beyond gender) is in the breath inside the breath, and the space in between each thought. In the space between the end of one action and the beginning of the next, between one breath and another, we can merge into the source of all action, “the still point between the turning worlds.” Known in Sanskrit as the Madhya, the Center point, or the Gap, this doorway into spaciousness arises in every moment. We just don’t normally notice it, as we don’t normally notice the pavement we’re walking over.
Day 2. I thought the first day or two would be more difficult than they have been in terms of not blogging. Yesterday I did peek in on some of the blogs I follow, but today I am enjoying being away. I find myself giving thanks for the hurtful words that caused me to take a break in the first place, grateful to the person who pushed me out of my comfort zone. I’ve been quite productive. Done with mindfulness, even the chores become a meditation. Been trying to be mindful of the space between, madhya, too. Not always successful.
Day 3. A Great Blue Heron came to visit late yesterday.
A blue bird of some kind landed at my feet this morning.
I realized a few minutes later why he was willing to get so close:
Day 4. A magnificent day spent with my granddaughters and their parents. We took a tour of a bird sanctuary, went to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, and went out to Edgewater Park to see the lake (Lake Erie).
Watching Maddy this evening, I was reminded of a photo I took of her older sister a few years ago.
And that, folks, is a glimpse of how I spent my short blogging break. It wasn’t a long break, but it served its purpose well. The first three days were quiet and rejuvenating. The last day was filled with family and fun. Can’t ask for more than that. I will have photos from the bird sanctuary and the aquarium for you soon. The bird sanctuary in particular was quite interesting.
Today has been cloudy and wonderfully rainy. We still have a rain deficit so it’s nice to see some wet stuff falling from the sky. The garden hasn’t suffered too much from the lack of rain (because we’ve been watering it), and we currently have what M refers to as a glut of tomatoes. I spent the afternoon turning garden produce into spaghetti sauce which has gone into the freezer to be used during the winter when we need a reminder of summer’s bounty.
I guess that’s it for now from the Bogs. I’ve been updating my Daily Walk series over at Flickr and should have that caught up soon. I’ll be making some changes here at Ye Olde Blogge sometime in the next few weeks. I’m kind of excited about that. Nervous, too, as sometimes change of this nature ends up a big mess before I pull it all together.
Thank you for dropping by. Wishing you a delightful day, evening, or night… wherever you are on the spectrum of time. 🙂
P.S. M and I are celebrating 36 years of marriage today. I don’t know how it got to be 36 years. Time sure flies when you’re in love and having fun.