Come Walk With Me
An early morning walk is a loving commitment to myself, a daily practice primarily for exercise and my Qigong routine of breath and stretch work. When I am in my island home I go down to the ocean to a magical place where inspiration and peaceful contemplation wait for me. I invite you to join me, share my thoughts, and add yours in the comments.

Goals versus Expectations How are these different?

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When one is considering making changes in one’s life, small or big ones, it becomes critical to know the difference between realistic goals and expectations in order to avoid the pitfall of thinking they are one and the same.

Remembering the First Call of a Buried Dream

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As I walked, a verse of the poem, Sea Fever, by John Masefield popped up in my mind. “I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied.”

Barriers Can Be Opportunities

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When it seems your path is blocked, is it time to give up or change direction?

Contrasts of The Moments Give Us Understanding

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If every moment were just like this, then how would we know to identify it as tranquility?

Seeking The Invisible

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Seeing with the eyes can, at best, give only a glimpse of life happening all around us. Invisibility in nature provides protection for living and nonliving things. Do we humans choose invisibility at times, perhaps burying dreams we had wanted to pursue in the past? Are we self-protecting or self-limiting when we do ?

A Path Over Stepping Stones

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The value of previous experience and the moment you finally reach a stable stone.

The Search For Who We Really Are

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"Who are we really?” Is this the question, the key question for each of us?

It’s All About Connecting the Dots. But Where are the Dots?

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Has the experience of the pandemic helped you to identify a strong need for connection? What and where are the dots you can see to connect in your life?

Competition for Resources – Maintaining a Sense of Humour

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As I struggled with the ant invasion I also struggled with my values about interdependence, ecosystem maintenance, and my right to kill while defending myself.

Changing Our Position Can Change Our Perspective

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How we “see” things can limit our vision of our path forward. Sometimes even changing position physically can change perspective.

Nature Knows to Clean Enough Space to Let in the New

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The beach today is clean and the ocean smooth as glass. The ocean is offering up its stillness in readiness for the new waves and the tide that will return.

My World Has Been Weary Waiting for The Sun to Return

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For days I have wakened to the sound of down pouring rain, bad news for my exercise routine. My meditative walk has been out of the question, and as a result I have been missing its therapeutic calming effect. But today the sun has come back to cheer the world and me.

A Gift Today

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A beautiful panorama of ocean and sky greets my eyes. I see a fisherman, an older man, fishing in the traditional way with a net he throws. It is quite beautiful to watch; the movements are like a ballet.

A “Hoodie” Day

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The sky is overcast and the huge waves I see in the distance will come crashing onto the beach. A couple of motorcycle taxis pass me and the drivers are wearing their hooded sweatshirts; they feel cold. Having lived here for such a long time I feel the cold too.

Congratulate Yourself For Being “slow” !!!!

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Sometimes being “slow” can be a valuable characteristic. Being “slow” can make you a better decision maker, and promote creativity.

Sometimes A Most Perfect Thing Is Only Seen By Accident

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The rushing, the stress, the busy-ness of our modern lives cheats us of the most significant awareness of our surroundings, our relationships.

Is It Time To Dig Up That Buried Dream?

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At some point in our lives all of us had high hopes of something very different than what life presented us with, a story we wrote but tucked away when we were very young perhaps. And then one day the buried dream starts to haunt us once more and this time with an insistence we cannot ignore.

A Slightly Different Twist to The Practice of Gratitude

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A familiar topic these days is the practice of gratitude. Feeling thankful for people and events in our lives and giving voice to those feelings can enhance our well-being. If we look around us there may be surprising benefits to expressing gratitude for inanimate objects.

The Almonds Are Falling

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The Almond Lady is one of workers engaged in what I call "naturally occurring work". Her work supports a family. She demonstrates the strength of the common people here and their creative skills to make work for themselves through marginal but honest activities.

Being Open At Just The Right Time

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This little shell, just open for this moment, is a message to listen to new ways of thinking, to new ways of righting injustice, to new ideas of providing the right support for humanity, the support that is needed right now.

A Nourishing Environment

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Having a nourishing environment can make all the difference to quality of life. In this new forced environment we are experiencing right now, are you thinking about how you would like your environment to be when a new normal environment will be possible?

In the Midst of Change What is NOT Changing?

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As I approach the ocean shore thinking how fortunate I am to be able so quickly to come to a place that is peacefully not changing. The ocean is here as it was yesterday and where it will be tomorrow. My anxiety lessens. As I look around I see the little bird who is always here. He was here yesterday and will be here tomorrow. My mood lifts; I start to breathe more deeply. My feeling of safety kicks in. What I see around me is familiar.

The Power of ONE

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All over the world there are individuals performing small acts to help save the environment. They do not make the headlines but they have more impact than we know.

The Joy of Just “Being”

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I sat on the railing and watched him make the coffee. The sun was shining, I relaxed and forgot about the urgency of the work I had left. I thought, “If I were in the cold north right now, I would be tapping my fingers in impatience, not even looking at the server and I would be missing the connection with another human being”.

Missed Moments

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Does your talent have flowering moments that you choose to miss or feel you must save for another day? Do you have brief moments when you feel the desire to give voice to, to write about, to sketch about, or even to live in a new way, place, or daily routine? Perhaps it’s time to give it an audience?

Against All Odds

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There is so much to be learned from nature if we take the time to notice. Even in the most challenging situations or times it can be possible to renew, to regain, when it seems that our chances for success have been destroyed. Every morning I must pass through a narrow opening to enter the space by the ocean’s shore where I do my morning exercises. As I do, I notice...

A Poor Place To Thrive

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This coconut is trying valiantly to survive. It has grown a green shoot to reach for the warmth and light of the sun, and with rain, it can receive the water it needs, but the third ingredient for its survival is missing. There is earth underneath but venturing into the soil for its nutrients is prevented by the barrier of the rocks and other debris this coconut had landed on when it fell from its tree. There is green grass nearby – how sad to think that just a few inches away the coconut could sink into…

Come and Walk With Me

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An early morning walk is a loving commitment to myself, a daily practice primarily for exercise and for taking the time to practice my Qigong routine of breath and stretch work. When I am in my island home, I go down to the ocean to a magical place where inspiration and peaceful contemplation wait for me. Today it is a little later than usual when I start out but still the air is fresh.

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