Grace and order

southern alps
There is an old zen saying: “Snow falls, each flake in its appropriate place.” It’s a lovely way of saying everything is unfolding just as it should, that there is grace and order even in apparent chaos.

Diane Walker


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The noise of your life

The building where I used to run a meditation group was on the same street as a fire station. One could almost guarantee that sometime during the meditation a fire engine would come rushing past, sirens wailing. Not surprisingly, people would afterwards complain. “How could I meditate with that noise?”

How often have we felt something similar? There’s an unspoken assumption that the mind can only become quiet if the world around is quiet. We imagine the ideal meditation setting to be somewhere far from the madding crowd — a retreat deep in a forest, a peaceful chapel, or the quiet of one’s own bedroom, perhaps. It is much harder for the mind to settle down in a noisy environment. Or is it?

Peter Russell


Desert Cactus flowers.  Teutonia Peak Trail has the best Joshua Trees Yucca brevifolia) in the country.  Yucca brevifolia is a plant species belonging to the genus Yucca. It is tree-like in habit, which is reflected in its common names: Joshua tree, yuccaImage by mikebaird on Flickr