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Welcome! This is a place to share how we celebrate & deepen our relationship to Nature. Here you will find stories, images, & ideas about wilderness, human nature, & soulfulness. Drawing from the experiences of everyday living, the topics on this blog include: forays into the natural world, the writing life, community service, meditation, creativity, grief & loss, inspiration, & whatever else emerges from these. I invite you on this exploration of the wild within & outside of us: the inner/outer landscape.



13 August 2018

Monday Musings NATURE PRACTICE: “Edge of Enthusiasm”

TEALarbor stories’ Monday Musings are simple practices for exploring the inner/outer landscape. 


Think of a natural place that you can go to in which you can find something to ease you to the edge of your comfort zone: something exciting and dynamic for you; go to that place and see what happens.




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03 August 2018

A River of Fire

flowing crackles
steam and stream
red blood of Earth gushing
inconceivably 
burning its way
as it meanders with ferocity

the science makes sense
defining:
“crater”
“lava”
“eruption”
“molten”
“volcano”
“fissure”

and the images are clear:
ash and plume
mountain
cloud
red stripe of fire
black charred remains
a path indelibly marked

they call it by name, saying:
Pele
Gugurang
Masaya
Hephaestus
Xiuhtecuhtli
Lalahon
Chantico

or
Si Mbah (“respected one” who cannot be called by name)

but without a visceral presence with it
how can it be known
felt
comprehended by the heart?

how can its tremendous potency
stir and sate the longing for comprehension?

despite climbing a few volcanoes, 
sitting in their shade, 
stumbling through their lava fields, 
swimming in waters warmed by their heat, 
painting them in foreign lands …
… more direct volcano experiences, it seems, than originally remembered – the reverie-to-be of an in-person embrace now dragging the memories from their hiding places - 

despite all that
I find it impossible to really “get” what thirty-billion-gallons-of-molten-lava means when a person is standing there on the land that is the container – treed, flowery, home to humans and nonhumans – for the extraordinary crimson goo that becomes a seemingly-sentient creature on a mission

so it is in some small – and perhaps feeble - effort to rectify the “longing to see” with the “longing to understand” that I embark on a brief and hearty journey to the home of Kilauea 


As I will be outside and offline, I will not publish any blog posts next week. Posts will resume with Monday Musings on 13 August 2018. 




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01 August 2018

Image of the Week

"Patterns on a Horizon"          July 2018




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30 July 2018

Monday Musings GRATITUDE PRACTICE: “Quiet Thanks"

TEALarbor stories’ Monday Musings are simple practices for exploring the inner/outer landscape. 



In a beautiful patch of earth, raise your eyes toward the sky and whisper “thank you.” 





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27 July 2018

Images of a Touchstone

What is it that enraptures you in the natural world?

Might it be 
the soft whisper of an unexpected breeze
a particular shade of blue in the sky just before dusk
a flower you cannot name against the textured ground
the fuzzy down of a baby bird in a nest
dew on a flower petal or frost on leaves
a barred owl hooting in the black summer night
a thin slice of pure white moon—round as a communion wafer or shaved into crescence
a wave, the tide waxing and waning, flat long tidepools
tall green grass that ripples with wind or hides the singing crickets
the butterfly of your childhood, reborn today
ridges on the stem of a thing you long for
stillness and silence as the sun brightens the horizon
the taste of a berry, plump and sweet
?

Whatever it is, however unlikely or common, seek it out and find it
Sit in the shade or luminescence of its presence
Roll around in it, walk in it straight and true, swim its lengths until your breath becomes heavy

But whatever you do, wherever and however, release yourself to the miracle of it
And know that it is this one thing right now that enlivens all things that abide forever.




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25 July 2018

Image of the Week

"Life of Nestlings"     violet-green swallows about to fledge     July 23, 2018


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