I wandered across the beauty this morning, and while I could research what its official name and origins are, I just am not going to do that. I am just going to share its quirkiness on this page, and leave this moment of discovery right here.
This is one of the practices that my walking is helping me grow, acceptance. I doubt that I am alone in wanting to quantify, qualify and classify much of what I encounter. A good part of my professional life depends on my ability to do just that. But I have found that while labeling does have its time and place, taking a literal or figurative step back can reveal so much more.
For weeks now, I have had these hours and miles to experience, not label, my community. And when my mind starts to chatter , squiggle and wiggle, I take a deep breath, and let that busy stuff go. And, yes, it sometimes takes several breaths, and sometimes I can't quite stay in quiet mind, but when I do,,,, whoopie! My whole body quiets, even while in motion, these moments however long they last, are magic. Somewhere, in these words, I am encouraging anyone who is reading, to find their own way to this peaceful state. Some folks meditate in stillness, some find stillness in walking, prayer, art, and it is worth trying to find your truth, your center. There is no material gain in this practice, there is a lasting benefit of stepping into peace, letting go of habits that don't serve you, and carving out time for your own care and healing.
This time in our world is not easy, and what passed for normal may not return. Our energies are scattered, many of us are struggling to manage our thoughts and emotions, and all of us are in this together. So why not take some time to slow down, breath with awareness, and recharge?
My walking tour has given me so much, I hold out hope that each one of us finds their way, their camino.