poetry

Story Water

This beautiful poem is by Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Rumi From The Essential Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks A story is like waterthat you heat for your bath. It takes messages between the fireand your skin. It lets them meet,and it cleans you! Very few can sit downin the middle of the fire itselflike a salamander […]

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Journal

The local pond.

I was walking Juno down to my local coffee haunt this morning when I heard an unusual sound. TrrrBonk! ……TrrrBONK!……………. GlobBONK! Oh my gosh. Frogs. I have not heard the sound of frogs in this area since I cannot remember when. We scooted over to the nearby pond to take a closer look. I couldnt […]

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Dog in distress.

I was on a meditation retreat on an isolated property west of Sydney. It was the evening of day 5 when I first heard it. Somewhere out past the dull yellow splash of light thrown from the meditation hall. Out in the bush. Past the grey shadow trees and tangled ink black scrub beyond. But […]

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The sandwich bag

Yes of course it’s degradable! Over thousands of years stuff like this degrades into microplastics that enter the food chain bringing with it chemicals such as styrene, toxic metals, phthalates, bisphenol A, polychlorinated biphenyls, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that may be absorbed into it during the manufacturing process. Your selling point would be……??? Since the […]

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Stillness

Meaning

That human beings are the only species (so far as we know) that can know it is a manifestation of the entire cosmos opens up a possibility that may need to be embraced if we are to survive the crises that now confront us. We can choose to work for the well-being of the whole, […]

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Journal

Life as deep ecology

I have transcribed the following list from a book I am currently reading by the Norwegian philosopher and environmentalist Arne Naess (1912-2009), founder of the ‘Deep Ecology’ movement. The book is titled: Ecology of Wisdom. You may wish, as I did, to read it slowly and considerately at an appropriate time, and then reread it […]

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On clouds.

Take something you totally take for granted. Something you see every day. Let’s say, for example, a cloud. If you are imagining this cloud right now, it is probably a Cumulus. Perhaps not. Perhaps you are thinking of a sinister dark thundercloud. Cumulonimbus. A towering anvil of hail and thunder cracked through with St Elmo’s […]

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