Monday, October 15, 2018

Nature of Movement: Esalen, October 2108

Nature of Movement: Embodiment and the Wilds
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Throughout the ages and across cultural traditions, nature has inspired the human spirit. The wilderness of Big Sur allows us to imprint the collective wisdom of this alive and wild coast in our bodies. The ancient redwood-forested canyons, dramatic meeting of earth and sea, and soft grassy hills remind us of the presence, wisdom, and deep sense of belonging that live in each of us.

Requested and suggested links:
Photos: All are downloadable
Poems to Live By
Voices of Esalen Podcast with Steven (telling even more stories)
Meditation Timer App (I use this daily on my phone)
Meal Chant Stew an article by me on Bro. David's site: Gratefulness
Adam's websites: Open Circle, Mysore Yoga

I have only gratitude for each and everyone of you. Ours was the last of my Esalen workshops for 2018, and what a wonderful way to bring the season to a close. My gratitude runs deep to each of you and collectively for deciding to physically show up and furthermore to show up with awareness. Without you I would not have the opportunity to keep learning in this manner of walking the wild path.

Breath... Gravity... Balance (of awareness field)... may we all keep finding our ways along this wondrous and wild path.

Deep bow to you — to you and Big Sur,


Ana y Mario: Because you know Bro. David you might enjoy this poem: Contemplation of a Monk or listening to me read it to him via the internet: Contemplation of a Monk

Friday, October 05, 2018

Way of Nature: Esalen, September 2018

Still clear pool at the confluence of everthing!
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"If you trust in Nature, in what is simple in Nature, in the small Things that hardly anyone sees and that can so suddenly become huge, immeasurable; if you have this love for what is humble and try very simply, as someone who serves, to win the confidence of what seems poor: then everything will become easier for you, more coherent and somehow more reconciling, not in your conscious mind perhaps, which stays behind, astonished, but in your innermost awareness, awakeness, and knowledge."
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

May we each find ourselves able to move between the conceptual and perceptual, the perceptual to the conceptual, knowing our world and that this world is much grander and awesome than we can fully perceive or fully imagine. May the mystery live close to our hearts and never leave us alone.

Here are links both requested and suggested:
Photos (anyone get a group photo?)
Poems to Live By
Voices of Esalen Podcast (interview with me, if you want more stories)
Tassajara Zen Center
Nature of Zen at Tassajara
Big Creek Reserve & Big Creek Reserve Donation
California Condors
Bramble Outdoor (Trevor's outdoor equipment company)

Let me know if any of you have photos you have uploaded to a site and I will add a link here.

In Wildness,


Now sweet one,
Be wise.
Cast all you votes for dancing.
~ Hafiz