Monday, October 19, 2015

Cottonwood Leaves Blown Away in Due Season

"Have you ever noticed a tree standing naked against the sky,
How beautiful it is?
All its branches are outlined, and in its nakedness
There is a poem, there is a song.
Every leaf is gone and it is waiting for the spring.
When the spring comes, it again fills the tree with
The music of many leaves,
Which in due season fall and are blown away.
And this is the way of life."
-   Krishnamurti

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"Larger and finer meanings are read into the older legends of the plants, and the universality of certain myths is expressed in the concurrence of ideas in the  beginnings of the great religions.   One of the first figures in the leading cosmologies is a tree of life guarded by a serpent.  In the Judaic faith this was the tree in the garden of Eden; the Scandinavians made it an ash, Ygdrasil;  Christians usually specify the tree as an apple, Hindus as a soma, Persians as a homa, Cambodians as a talok; this early tree is the vine of Bacchus, the snake-entwined caduceus of Mercury, the twining creeper of the Eddas, the bohidruma of Buddha, the fig of Isaiah, the tree of Aesculapius with the serpent around his trunk." 
-   Charles M. Skinner, Myths and Legends of Flowers, Trees, Fruits and Plants, 1911    

"Because they are primeval, because they outlive us, because they are fixed, trees seem to emanate a sense of permanence.  And though rooted in earth, they seem to touch the sky.  For these reasons it is natural to feel we might learn wisdom from them, to haunt about them with the idea that if we could only read their silent riddle rightly we should learn some secret vital to our own lives; or even, more specifically, some secret vital to our real, our lasting and spiritual existence."
-  Kim Taplin,  Tongues in Trees, 1989, p. 14.     

I have been staying at home the last four days, no other employment duties.  I cleaned up our Sacred Circle Garden.  This involved pruning and raking and pickup.  Also, I had to replace three rotting posts inside the inner sacred circle.  Tammi, Karen, and I have all done painting at our home these days.  I completely redesigned the compost bin and moved partially composed materials into it.  A general outdoor cleanup.  We cleaned up, fertilized, roto-tilled, and then planted our winter garden crop.  The back porch is now clean with seating for 10.  Doing some serious standing meditation practices.  Reading and research on Stoicism and Hedonism.  Took a week off from strength training at the gym.

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