December 18, 2012 § 29 Comments
Be like the forces of nature:
When it blows, there is only wind.
Tao te Ching, Chap. 23
It’s early evening. The cold air moves in. Storms approaching. Staring into the woods, feeling the wind as it dances across my body. Surprising in its shifts and gusts. Speaking to me, a portent of the storm.
The wind comes in infinite variety. I have tasted the salty wind coming off the ocean, stood against its force as it swept up and over a snowy mountain ridge, felt its faintest breeze across my moist skin on a steamy summer day.
God’s breath, Buddha’s touch.
Our existence is also infinitely varied. Sometimes in solitude, sometimes in the multitude. In motion or at rest. Speaking or silent. In one place or another.
But in all things, and in each moment, we should be like the wind. Present, always. Swirling around what stands in our way. Occupying our space in a strong and natural way.
And letting everything else simply fall into place.
Born within the untethered motion of accretion and erosion, your words are like desert sands caught upon the tails of eddies, albeit, they drift, cast across a sea of dunes, till they come to rest upon the open forests of each thoughts’ freedom.
I like the imagery of the words cast aloft by the wind. Words and thoughts rippling outward.
Thanks for the read and reply.
Awesome! Tom thank you for another beautiful post. I love the last line….And letting everything else simply fall into place! If only life were like this!………………… Blessings….Anne…..
I believe that life can be just like that- if we only can let it flow. But I struggle too.
Thanks for your support.
I love to poetic nature of this. I can feel the natural ebb and flow of life through your words. Thank you the beautiful reminder. 🙂
The “natural ebb and flow of life.” I like that phrase. Rhythmic, ceaseless movement.
Your presence and kind words always bring me joy and peace.
I love this analogy of our life being like the wind. The wind just is and it makes no apology, does not play games, and goes in whatever direction it is headed. I love it.
Thank you for this beautiful message. Hugs, Brenda
Yes, I really do feel that the wind shows us the way. But so too the trees, the clouds, the sea, the mountains. The elements of the natural world each offer us a way of understanding how we might exist- strong, natural, present.
Thanks for your constant presence in my writing and my life.
Evokes stunning imagery, Tom–lovely…. 🙂
A lovely message to leave.
Beautiful, once again. Bravo!
Thanks for the kind words.
You are such a brilliant writer. Your regard for my work is quite meaningful to me.
pure poetry tom, today i was with a small group honouring the element of air … we could have enjoyed your words together as we listened to the breeze in the treetops and the birds singing 🙂
I wish I could have been there.
I am increasingly coming to understand the importance of the elements of nature to my life. I always knew that I was drawn to the outside but in recent years I feel a deeper spiritual connection with the elements of the natural world- the wind, the sky, the trees, the jagged rocks and peaks.
worth pursuing tom, through our presence with nature we can balance the elements within us, worth noticing what you are drawn to, what you would like more of …. what you need to sit with … blessings dear one, christine
Your writing is like snuggling under a warm blanket… thank you!
I am so happy that you receive my work this way.
I do feel myself a sense of peace in the writing. When I’m just writing, not thinking about writing, the world falls away and I’m at peace.
Thanks for your constant support and kindness.
“he wind comes in infinite variety. I have tasted the salty wind coming off the ocean, stood against its force as it swept up and over a snowy mountain ridge, felt its faintest breeze across my moist skin on a steamy summer day.”
These words touch the essence of my own moments of meditation on the shores of the ocean, in the snow-shrouded forested hills, and in quiet glens with sunshine painting both my body and soul. Thank you Thomas.
Thank you so much.
Yes, for me- and for you clearly as well- the idea of “communing with nature” is not a cliche. It’s a real and powerful experience. How blessed we are.
This is just breathtaking (no pun intended) Tom! Stunning writing and what a poignant message conveyed – to be, to flow…like the wind ~ love this!! x
Your poetry and images have often left me speechless. So this compliment is especially powerful.
The wind, the salty air. Makes me want to go for a long, meditative run!
I’m sure you will.
The natural world is such a source of peace and strength.
Thanks for the read and reply.
Tom – so filling, as always.
Or just blow it all the hell out of the way… (kidding :-))
Seriously… a wise thought… thank you.
I have those moments as well.
Still feeling the strength from your most impressive “checking out” move- or I should say “checking in” move.
Thanks for stopping by.
Thanks so much David.