SILENCE WITHIN, SILENCE WITHOUT

Today, I sat on the mountainside.

 

My back to a large Ponderosa Pine tree who’s bark smelled like caramel.

The sun had warmed the pine needle carpet underneath me and it pulsed in waves of hot earth aroma, more pungent than oil.

 

The nearby Juniper tree, spoke softly to me as I worked to quiet my inner noise.

I had to work at it, but eventually, my mind calmed and my thoughts quieted.

I allowed myself to relax and simply notice what was happening around me in the celebration of life.

 

Chipmunks went about their day and chirruped in surprise when they came across me.

A quiet human.

A rarity in these parts.

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THE BLANK SPACE

One of the biggest tests we will encounter in our busy lives on this planet is that of ‘the blank space’.

 

Huh? You may ask.

 

The blank space is one of the hardest to find and yet it’s there all the time. Waiting.

 

The blank space is called by many names, none of which recognize it’s inherent value to the human soul. Boredom, depression, lethargy, confusion, fatigue, stagnancy… all alchemical states of transformation.

 

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