Lane County, Oregon

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Sometimes we need a break from the world. With all its tragedies and chaos it can overcome us. My mind can become overly involved with wars, and natural disasters disabling my thoughts to those around me.

Today I am outside on this sunny morning taking in the beauty that surrounds me. The hornets, bluebirds, robins, spring flowers, trees, and unidentified insects poking their noses into the fresh air from their hidden places. The weeds in my fields and woodlands are beginning to grow again. Moths are coming to my back light where I find them on my  house bricks in the morning. 

This morning's practice of waking and walking about my yard, letting nature fill my mind, calms me greatly.

My heart  resonates with compassion for all living things around the world. 

Today, I am fortunate to be able to experience nature's bounty -- it lightens my mind.  


  1. So true that nature can heal and calm. I myself spent the morning outside with my family and pup, traveling along a trail on a ridge in the woods. When in that place, within the safe confines found in the cloak of nature, all is well in the world.

  2. Don't know if my first comment made it or not. I have had some problems with Wordpress this week. Love the Budda and stones. I need them for my garden. Dianne

  3. Aaaaahhh, Barbara....

    That feels so good. Now for a short nap in the hammock?
    Thanks so much for this inspirational post.


  4. Darcy -- Time well spent with family, dog, and nature -- barbara

  5. Dianne -- One comment is all I received. Perhaps wordpress was having problems? I'm glad to have gotten this one. I collected stones when I was a "gypsy" travelling for several years. Can't name what stone goes with which state? But, I love the diversity of the stones. Diversity is the spice of life. Can you believe I found my Buddha at a yard sale! How could anyone part with it? -- barbara

  6. Elora -- I hope your weather was as fine as ours. A wonderful day to get out and enjoy. Thanks for the nice comment. -- barbara

  7. My little woman likes rocks. I brought a large flat one home from a visit back to my birthplace in PA. Now on my walks and wanderings I gather those that catch my eye and stack them on the flat rock.

  8. Lovely!!!! I'll be glad when I've recuperated from my surgery so I can really enjoy the Spring that's creeping into Ohio!

  9. Grampy -- Like your idea of gathering rocks. A significant birthplace rock providing a nice place to rest your KY collection. -- barbara

  10. Thanks for stopping by Birdman -- barbara

  11. Carole Ann -- Hope you are having beautiful weather along with having a chance to enjoy some outside activities -- barbara

  12. Kay -- By now I imagine you are able to get out and enjoy the wonderful spring weather. You do deserve a break. -- barbara

  13. I was just about to read your latest post when this one caught my eye below it, on the LinkWithin feature. I love everything about it - the serene Buddha, the lovely stones, the rich lighting in your photo, and your thoughtful essay... which made me think of this piece by Wendell Berry titled, "Peace of the Wild Things"...

    When despair for the world grows in me
    and I wake in the night at the least sound,
    In fear of what my life
    and my children's life may be,
    I go and lie down
    where the wood drake rests in his beauty
    on the water
    and the great heron feeds,
    I come into the peace of the wild things
    who do not tax their lives
    with forethought of grief.
    I come into the presence of still water,
    And I feel above me the day-blind stars,
    waiting with their light.
    For a time I rest in the grace of the world,
    and am free.