December 16, 2021

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Lake Martin Cypress 11-B 02/04/2014 — Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
We have to do our part
in keeping ourselves
in the middle of the path
by returning again and again
to the basics.

Like a singer doing scales,
or a runner running laps,
we have to build a practice
around mindfulness of the moment,
being right here right now,
siting, standing, walking
in emptiness,
stillness 
and silence,
tuning into the moment,
calling ourselves back
when we drift away,
and listening, listening, listening,
to ourselves,
to our heart,
to our nighttime dreams,
to our body (Its symptoms and its degree of tension
and relaxation),
in order to know what we know,
and what's what,
and what's happening,
and what's called for,
right here, right now.

This is a daily routine
that we work into our life
as we are able several times a day.

Taking a moment to be here now.
Listening, looking, sensing, feeling, knowing.
Taking a break to be present
with all that is present with us,
throughout each day
is a practice that keeps us focused
on the path and our relationship with it,
heart, soul, body, mind and spirit,
with balance and harmony,
all day, every day,
living with clarity
out of our original nature,
a part of the natural world.

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02

Lake Martin Cypress 11-B 02/04/2014 — Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
Vibrations and frequencies,
waves and impulses...
are the building blocks of reality,
of realities.
Which reality we call "real"
and think is the way it is,
and the way it ought to be,
depends on who is looking,
and how, and when, and where...

We live in a fluid world.
There are no steady states of being.
The harder we try to freeze the action
by killing/disappearing all those people
who are not like we are,
the more we generate vibrations and frequencies,
waves and impulses,
repulsion and attraction,
and karma
that create feed back loops
and compensation tendencies
that produce more of what we are 
trying to get rid of,
and we defeat ourselves
by trying to triumph over what we hate,
and the world becomes worse instead of better
because we couldn't allow it to be as it is.

This photo, and the one above, 
are separated by a shift in white balance
This photo, and the one above, 
are separated by a shift in white balance
(How white would a white mouse, say,
appear to be in the scene?
Changing the colors in the scene 
so that the white mouse
would appear white,
“adjusts the scene”
so that it looks like “it ought to look”).

Which one is the way it really was?
It depends on who was looking
and how their eyes adjusted the white balance
in that place at that time of day in that light.

How we see the original scene
and the photographs
may be different from the way
anyone else sees the scene or the images.
How would we know?
Why do we think there is a real way--
a right way--to see "what's there"?

What's there is a swirl of vibrations and frequencies,
waves and impulses, etc.
that we make sense of 
with the "equipment" we have at our disposal.
Dogs and bats and cats
might see much more than we do
when they look at the scene, or the photos.

Who is right?
The person who does not strive to force 
everyone to see the scene in the same way.

There are variations,
possibilities,
opportunities,
ways of seeing,
interpreting,
understanding,
perceiving, etc.
everything we look at.

What we see depends on how we look,
on what we are looking for,
on what our past has prepared us to see,
on how our mind has been tuned
to adjust the input it receives...

We see everything we look at
through filters that color what we see.
The way we interpret a scene
is already in place before we open our eyes.
What influences/impacts/determines the way we see?
We have to see that before
we can see our seeing before
we look at the scene.

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03

Deer Isle Bridge 09/26/2012 Oil Paint Rendered — Deer Isle, Maine
Awareness would help everything.
Mindfulness.
Attentive, non-judgmental, 
un-opinionated,
gracious,
kind,
compassionate realization.

Jon Kabat-Zinn's YouTube videos
are a good place to start.

Just seeing,
just hearing,
just apprehending,
just knowing,
what's what and what is called for
in response.

About ourselves
and our external circumstances.

Without agenda or opinion.
With nothing at stake in the outcome.
Nothing to gain.
Nothing to lose.
Here to serve what needs to happen
in light of all things considered.

Doing what needs to be done,
the way it needs to be done,
when it needs to be done,
because it needs to be done,
for the joy of doing it 
and the satisfaction of having done it.
In each situation as it arises.
Because that is what we are here for,
with our original nature
serving as the source of the boon
that is our gifts/daemon/genius/shtick/talents/etc.
which we offer the world.

Living from the right kind of emptiness,
stillness
and silence
leads to clarity,
integrity,
sincerity
and spontaneity upon the field of action--
as blessing and grace bestowed
freely unto all.

The legacy of original human beings.

Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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