Inner Explorers’ Courageous Acts of Curiosity

The future of all life, including our own, depends on our mindful steps. We have to hear the bells of mindfulness that are sounding all across our planet. We have to start learning how to live in a way so that a future will be possible for our children and our grandchildren. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

mindful steps upon mother earth ~d nelson

Curious meditators diligently
collect, then release data;
cultivating hearts of understanding
& minds of love.
As experienced practitioners
they seek to distinguish
science fact from science fiction.

Space: The final frontier!
These, the voyages of diligent contemplators
on lifelong missions;
To explore strange, ever-changing inner & outer worlds;
To protect all life and live in harmony with all civilizations
To boldly go where no fool has gone before.

Stay authentic to your heart & mind
dear seekers of truth.
All who have come before,
those who are here now,
and descendents still to come,
here on mother earth & beyond
depend on your wise action.

Please support each other
on & off the meditation cushion
with smiles, love & kindness
as our time, in the here
& now, is of the essence
when looking into climate,
ozone, & other darkness’, especially
Earth’s 6th great mass extinction.

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79 thoughts on “Inner Explorers’ Courageous Acts of Curiosity

  1. AmyRose🌹

    The only way we as a species will survive is by living authentically from the heart and mind. Too many no longer think just blindly following the beaker of hate. I consider myself to be a scientist, David, as both hubby and I are committed to find new ways, gentler ways, better ways to address chronic conditions in cats. Bless you this day, dear friend!!! ❀

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      wonderful knowing of your
      kind, steadfast inquisitiveness
      for the benefit of all, Amy!
      wishing you beauty
      in today’s precious
      earthly laboratory πŸ™‚

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  2. BART Station Bard

    Walking into a future we can live in–thanks for all the signs of life, whether they are the flowers of spring or the unique handmade signs that are becoming the hallmark of our peaceful resistance to those who are doing harm to our planet. There is no “them,” there’s only us.

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  3. Jet Eliot

    I loved this post, David. I appreciate your clever combination of the wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh, the importance of mindful living, and the lively and necessary groundwork of activism, science, and facts. Always a joy here, my friend~~

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      makes me happy that you kindly
      find it so, dear Jet!
      i’m comforted knowing we’re
      doing what feels right, what we can.
      still at times i wish i had
      a magic wand πŸ™‚

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      wonderful meditation, Ben!
      comforting knowing
      that the trees will keep “breathing”
      in & out for who or what
      ever comes next πŸ™‚

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  4. Sonnische

    Great call to arms, David! Peaceful arms raised in solidarity with the earth and all who dwell herein. Recycling, reusing, repairing what we can, donating the rest so someone else may be able to do so. Today we buy a new wireless printer, and the old messed up one is all ready to give the guys at Staples to recycle for us. It will probably head to Asia where it will be broken down to its useful components. Better than taking it to the dump!

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      smiling to your kind words, Sunny!
      for taking care of the earth with all
      your heart & actions. i imagine
      that printer getting a fresh coat
      of plastic and few new parts
      and being back at Staple’s
      shelf next week πŸ™‚

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  5. JC

    A great and honored thing we do today to save our home planet. For the Earth has always been there for us in the gifts she gives.

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      makes me happy that many are recognizing the need to get together and help make positive happen for the earth, and the earthling inhabitants πŸ™‚

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for your kind insight on our dilemma, Tom! In a few million years will mother earth even remember those humans and their political views? πŸ™‚

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  6. MΓ©l@nie

    I’m an earthly sign and your post did touch my heart… ❀ Earth Day should be every day! WHY? – 'cause "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. We cannot command Nature except by obeying her. Take care of the earth and 'she' will take care of you."(Native American wisdom)
    * * *
    bonus:"Training the mind is crucial if we want to refine and sharpen our attention, to develop emotional balance, inner peace, and wisdom; and cultivate dedication to the welfare of others."(Matthieu Ricard) — I'm sure you know who Matthieu Ricard is… πŸ™‚

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  7. Healing Grief

    Mindful steps each day keeps me grounded in this moment. A wonderful reminder for each of us to raise the vibration of peace and love. Thankyou David.,πŸ€πŸƒπŸ™πŸ»

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      smiling to a dear fellow breather
      for your kind words and visits, Hariod!
      a wonderful day to be
      here on this side of a pond,
      smiles, david πŸ™‚

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  8. J.D. Riso

    The photo of the hand cradling the flower…an image of gentle power. So easy to pluck and then discard when the beauty withers away. Much more profound to withdraw the grasp and allow it to thrive.

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  9. Annika Perry

    A beautiful mindful post, David – I feel calm and touched to the core reading your words – a certain peace descended on me this Sunday morning.❀️As this gathering, and many like it around the globe, proves, there is a movement to mindfulness, caring and consideration and hopefully, this will grow in strength and influence. I love the photo of the dog’s mindful steps and the placard of ‘time tested’ which is so true – information has to replace ignorance to fuel kindness and thoughtfulness. Finally, to reiterate your call:
    ‘Stay authentic to your heart & mind
    dear seekers of truth.’
    I’ll try!πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for your diligent kindness, Annika!
      may your day be filled with the truth
      of your own conditions of happiness πŸ™‚

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      wonderful notion, dear Tippy!
      your wisdom is appreciated.
      contemplation does require
      leaving the dream state
      where, perhaps
      earth’s slipping away
      is not noticed πŸ™‚

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  10. Ka Malana - Fiestaestrellas.com

    Your posts keep reminding me to come back and visit at Deer Park Monastery. One of my sangha (truly all one sangha) back in another state was tied to the Plum Village location and of the same tradition. We are still connected in spirit. When I moved out West, I visited Deer Park at my earliest opportunity and I missed sitting with Thich Nhat Hanh when I visited then, though he was there, before he had gotten ill, due to circumstances beyond my control (naturally). I could feel his presence everywhere, on the signs on the trees: “Smile. Breathe.” I felt so fortunate to be in the same promixity as he. He’s a venerable, loving soul. I am very grateful for Thich Nhat Hanh. Also, David, am I grateful for visiting with you here on your blog and meditating on courage, and sharing that inner journey, looking within Ka. Aloha, Ka

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      how wonderful that you’ve these precious memories
      of dear Deer Park and sangha time across space, Ka!
      i remember Thich Nhat Hanh saying, at the end of a retreat,
      “there’s a Plum Village that is here, but there’s also
      a Plum Village that remains inside for you to stay in touch with.”
      retreat times seem so special, in part, because we are so cared for.
      a gentle schedule is provided, food prepared, peaceful ambience.
      may your day be a gentle, mindfulness retreat, dear one πŸ™‚

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  11. Sue Dreamwalker

    May we all take our mindful steps and proudly step BEyond and not be fearful to tread those boundaries of new frontiers my friend.. To boldly go where others fear to tread.. Our time is NOW and I got confirmation in some writing only last evening..
    Beautiful post and photo’s May we join in harmony . We are gathering in Unity. πŸ™‚ Love and Blessings David

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      Humbly smiling to your kindness, dear poet!
      in my own simple way i tray to take some action,
      and seemingly spend little time at this computer!
      may your day be well πŸ™‚

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