Still the mind and practice freedom

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A new month.

A lot of anxiety and dysfunction all around. The challenge: Not to be a victim of the frantic world in which we live in, or of the way in which our nervous systems respond.

When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water,

and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.

I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Wendell Berry

6 thoughts on “Still the mind and practice freedom

  1. What a wonderful new theme and header, I love it! And along with that the post with the words of Wendell Berry. Thank you! I will re-blog this.

    1. Thanks Jude, Felt it was time for a change and it needed to be made a bit for user-friendly for phones and tablets. It releases a bit of new energy and I hope to (a bit inspired by your photography blog) to take better photos etc. I do like the possibility of the header and the header itself – taken in Glendalough just on my phone. The lake was incredibly still that day. Thanks for the feedback. You are the first to notice it! Karl

  2. I saw this reblogged on The Writer in the Woods and found such wisdom in it. I needed the reminder in the bolded lines! Thank you for sharing Berry’s words.

    Wintering in SW Florida for the first time, I sit for my meditation daily on my lanai, so close to the egrets, woodpeckers, grackles, turtles, anhingas and most recently wood storks.

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