I love the way saguaros just stand in stoic silence, even in the broiling desert sun. You can learn from their silence. As Eckhart Tolle writes in his book, Stillness Speaks, “We have forgotten what rocks, plants, and animals know. We have forgotten how to be. How to be still.
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February 28th, 2017 · No Comments
January 29th, 2017 · No Comments
We sense a cosmic force that is always with us, the force that Buber calls love. We can have an I-Thou encounter not only with other human beings, but also animals, flowers, rocks, the sky … whatever. Every I-Thou encounter we have connects us to something other than ourselves. Every I-Thou encounter opens our hearts to the ultimate encounter with the “Thou” of the universe, the God of Love.
December 29th, 2016 · No Comments
I watch his beautiful glowing eyes and his muscular tawny body, and something about the Tucson jaguar is bright and burning. The Aztecs, who had elite Jaguar Knights, believed something similar about the jaguar too. They believed the jaguar gave fire to humankind.
September 29th, 2016 · No Comments
But the owls next door are different. They stare back at me as if they wish I’d fly away. They stare back at me with those eyes — oh! those yellow eyes! with big straight eyebrows that tilted up, as if they’re making strategies for Wall Street.
August 31st, 2016 · No Comments
All of a sudden the Ramsey Canyon forest looks foreboding! The squirrel just stares at me. He knows the forest is playing tricks on my mind, and he also knows I stepped on the snake first.
May 29th, 2016 · No Comments
After all, you go back to Yosemite, as Muir said, “to hear the waterfalls and birds and winds sing … to interpret the rocks, to learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche … and to get as near the heart of the world as you can.” This is hard to do when you’re standing under a waterfall and getting soaked.
May 2nd, 2016 · No Comments
If you don’t talk to the animals, they won’t talk back to you, then you won’t understand, and when you don’t understand you will fear, and when you fear you will destroy the animals, and if you destroy the animals, you will destroy yourself.
March 31st, 2016 · No Comments
Then as I thought about Hopkins’ words and kept looking around me, I understood what he meant. Gerald Manley Hopkins meant that speckled things or dappled things and striped things or brinded things are all around you, and they are beautiful in their own way.
December 31st, 2015 · No Comments
My own mountain is called Pusch Ridge but that is such a prosaic name for a huge everest that looks like a gigantic dinosaur. He is so much more than that, he of the hidden dragons.
December 2nd, 2015 · No Comments
The main thing you notice about sequoia is that they are tall. You look up and they are tall as far as your eyes can see. They also have gigantic widths. People use to drive their cars through certain open tree trunks in the Sequoia National Forest before the park rangers became more ecologically-minded.