Morning Delight!

Morning Delight!

Glorious Sunrise
I woke this morning.
Didn't have to be this way.

How easy to take such
and walk away without notice

Like this breath
     And this one too

Each a gift
     with the power to change

          this moment

               hour

                    day

                         life

                              the world

for one willing to be present
     look into the eyes of Wonder herself
          and swim in gratitude
               for the life offered in this inhalation
                    and the letting go that opens the way

REFLECTIONS:

I am a blessed man, wealthy in spirit, health, friendship and love. And in tools for navigating the hard challenges that life inevitably, it seems, throws our way. Beyond the big picture and local challenges of climate destabilization and rapid species extinctions and rising authoritarianism and political madness and social injustice issues, there are the intimate challenges of navigating Dotty’s breast cancer and the lumpectomy a week out from today, as I write this. Then a recovery phase before a month or more of daily radiation treatments and who knows yet what may follow.

The intimate challenges of navigating Dotty’s breast cancer and the lumpectomy a week out from today, as I write this. Then a recovery phase before a month or more of daily radiation treatments and who knows yet what may follow.

Days and times are hard here in my life. Often tortuously so. And yes, medical science is amazing with its wonders and yet we are each mortal and I feel my own death walking with me intimately these days. I am at my best when I am able to mindfully meet the moments and breaths as they come, touch gratitude as I embrace all that is beautiful in my world, allow in the love of friends and family I am held in, and honor Death as my advisor.

I am walking the path of the death to this body, as we each are. And to carry this with intimacy is to leave me in greater celebration of this life and the mystery and wonder of existence itself. And you, dear readers, friends and family, bring wealth to this living. Thank you.

And may this coming New Year bring more of this wealth into each of our lives.

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