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Sometimes I find myself stuck in my head, trying to solve a problem or push through a challenge by relying on my busy “monkey mind“ … but the true wisdom, for me, comes from within.

Sometimes I need a prompt to get me out of that space, and these words of Mary Oliver (from “Evidence”) remind me to drop down deep into the heart of my Self and listen to the answer within…

There are many ways to perish, or to flourish.

How old pain, for example, can stall us at the threshold of function….

Still friends, consider stone, that is without the fret of gravity, and water that is without anxiety.

And the pine trees that never forget their recipe for renewal.

And the female wood duck who is looking this way and that way for her children. And the snapping turtle who is looking this way and that way also. This is the world.

And consider, always, every day, the determination of the grass to grow despite the unending obstacles.

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Photographed with my trusty iPhone at Vancouver’s Van Dusen Botanical Garden

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