Nature and Rivers

Wailuku River

Wailuku River

I spent some time crawling around on the cliff behind my home and retreat. Here is one shot nearer to the base. At this point the cliff gets undercut by the river and so its a 40 foot straight drop to the water.

It was a nice spiritual experience for me. At first scampering down the first 150 feet down.. Our exploration typical starts as a struggle, going against tropical heat, jungle, scree, places requiring trust / instinct to get around and down to. It’s a matter of letting go into the pace.

Boundaries are by definition are a challenge to pass through as they offer resistance between two states of being.

Then it opens up and to discover a wonderful grassy rocky knoll from which it’s possible to take a breather and take it all in… to simply bask in joy of being present in the moment.

At this point: part of the desire is to get down that last 40 feet, But instead it all opens up to just being one with the river.. no matter where one moves and meanders with life.

  • The joy is enough to simply be present

Learn it isn’t the destination outside of your life that is the goal. It’s the one inside, being present and aware with life, which forms the first boundary to what many call the light.

Peace in your path as you find your own true steps to enlightenment.

Same River – Another Day
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Wailuku River Flood
Wailuku river in high flow.

We got a good 20 to 30 inches of rain over the last 3 days. The Wailuku river is thundering. We live next to the river and right now my house is vibrating from the river. We are about a thousand feet away from the river, and the river is in a gorge about 500 feet lower than us. So for it to be shaking the house shows how powerful the rumble is.

For comparison, the picture of Julie sitting on the river is on a calm day. The video is filmed in the same spot. Right now where she was sitting would be under a good 15 feet of water.

Midlife Retreat

Not every day is about learning nor teaching. Some days you just have to be with the river and flow. Some days in peace, other days raging along with determination to the ocean.

As a child, my first teacher of Taoism was the river. In gratitude I’m always with the river and will never stop learning from my teacher.

We are all flowing as one river.

Personal Tao – Chapter 7 – Nature

How humanity views nature

How nature views humanity.

These images are not about childhood, garbage or society. They’re a comparison illuminating the nature of nature. Look closely and discover that the two images are actually the same.

Look again: it’s just the perspective that’s different. Just as humans clamor over nature as we grow, nature will clamor over us in its growth.

Mother Nature and our nature are each an expression of growth.

Again think of tides, found within this movement of life.
Look at the second picture; it’s a wave of leaves crashing upon and over the truck.

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