We were in the Boundary Waters for two weeks. Wonderful.
The Loons sang us to sleep, and the White Throated Sparrows sang us awake.
Deer moseyed into our campsite, paused to look, and moseyed out again.
Birds pecked for seeds at my feet.
I loved that the animals did not see me as a threat.
The stars blew my mind.
The weather was chilly but wonderful. Oh, it was truly awesome.
Big waves and whitecaps on the paddle out! Exhilarating!
We’re eager to return.
I will be off the grid and out of touch for a while.
I won’t have access to email, voicemail, phone or text.
I will have access to water, sky, trees, and campfires. And Walleyes.
I’ll be canoe camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness — an extended trip.
It’s a bucket list kind of thing.
I’ll be back around the 1st of August. Maybe before, maybe after. I’ll let you know.
Can you be happy?
Well, what’s keeping you from it?
Do your automatic, ingrained responses to life’s situations and circumstances cause you to feel happy? Yes? No?
If not, change your response. It is easily done, it just takes practice.
If you can think one thing, you can think another. If you can feel one way, you can feel another. If you can believe one thing, you can believe another.
Can you be happy?
Choose your solution.
I’ve heard a lot of laments lately — the state of the nation; the state of the workplace; the state of relationships.
But for every lament there are solutions, and they are legion.
Here’s one solution I like: become what I desire.
Do I desire peace? Then find ways to be more peaceful in my daily life.
Do I desire to be appreciated? Then practice appreciation as I go through my day.
We will always come across things to lament. But staying mired in lamentation does no one any good. Lament, then choose a solution.
And tell the rest of us about it!
In Tenacity Notes #191, August 26, 2013, I announced that I had decided to walk the Path of Love. Immediately, there were many delights along the way, joy was my companion in life, and I was grateful that I had chosen to walk this Path. It was easy.
There have been challenges, too. When I am assiduous in my practice, the challenges light the Way as much as the delights do, and I am grateful. But my assiduousness is sporadic, and there are times when I awake to the knowledge that I have strayed and am struggling in the brambles, bereft of joy, far from the Path.
But, and this is thanks to my episodes of assiduous practice, when I do realize that I have strayed from the Way, a conscious breath can set me right. And so I return, again and again and again, to the Path of Love — the walking of which, I continue to learn, is easy when done with daily practice.
Is “unconditional acceptance of all others” an achievable goal? I have trouble even imagining such an accomplishment!
Whew. Time to get out the string to tie on my finger.
I will move in the direction of unconditional acceptance by remembering, over and over, that that’s where I intend to go.
I’m in Apple Valley, MN for several days.
We got here just in time for the lilacs and the flowering trees. A balm.
(Yes, that’s my home in the photo.)
I have some open time, so if you’d like an in-person reading, get in touch.
After Memorial Day we head up to the Iron Range, where we’ll spend the summer. I’ll be available for readings there, too.
And as always, I’m available via phone. Happy Spring!!