Passing on the Right

“Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
contemplative forest spot ~d nelson
contemplative forest spot ~d nelson

Slow down
don’t move so fast, dear one.
Saying she is in a hurry,
smiles while passing
on the left.

Enjoying this sacred moment
dear one, I asked?
He said nothing,
grinning as he passed
on the right.

slow for workers
slow for workers

Imagine the patience
of a snail slowly wagging its tail.
Or patience of the sailor
without wind upon his sails.

But then
there’s the patience of a redwood forest
which is again healthy upon being burnt.
Biodiversity unfolding before
our open & closed eyes; look
wood-living bees and wasps pollinating
new shrubs and wildflowers that blossomed after the fire.
Fallen logs colonized with life forms from fungi to lichens
providing home & cover for small rodents, weasel, lynx other small mammals.

burnt healthy 2~d nelson
burnt healthy 2~d nelson

Scars upon nature healing
sometimes in 1 or 2
Sometimes in 3 or 4
Sometimes in 5 or 6
millennia, or longer.

But we, dear one’s
are nature, too.
And we can
experience healing
within one or two
mindful breaths
if we slow down
long enough
to pay attention.
Everyone knows
when our smile
of well-being

“Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay.
Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

60 Replies to “Passing on the Right”

  1. Such a beautiful post to see first thing in the morning. One or two mindful breaths….yes. I don’t know where you live, but I hope the fires didn’t effect you very badly.
    Happy Saturday,

  2. I had a recent back injury that forced me to slow down. Every morning I go for a slow rehab walk in the forest, and even though I walk very slowly, I still see a new thing that I had not previously seen. This opportunity of slowing down has shown me in a thousand ways every day, just how beautiful the world is. Thank you for this lovely post about patience and slowing down, beauty, healing, and courage.

  3. Beautiful images and wise words. Makes me think of Julia ‘Butterfly’ Hill, who climbed a 1500(+?) year old redwood to save it, and ended up living in its branches for 738 days. She gave a talk a couple of years ago where I lived, and made the point that if she’d known she would have to be up there so long she’d never have climbed up…it was a spontaneous choice made in the moment, and then repeated every day, one day at a time. The power of patience, and slowing down. Thanks for this wonderful reminder, and also the invitation to trust that ‘destruction’ is sometimes just the other side of the coin of ‘creation’ and can make way for the new in marvelous, unexpected ways. Lovely to be able to ‘visit’ with you again – glad I slowed down and made the time 🙂 H xxx

  4. Ah yes, the redwoods. I had the same thought when Kathy and I were walking through them, how long they’ve abided, even through fire.

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