. Briggs Brook Falls was flowing very lightly on Memorial Day 2016, perhaps underrepresenting the potential beauty and awe that a waterfall typically offers. But the short hike and (unnecessary) bushwhack offered its own insights and foibles. The Saturday afternoon I visited was the first 90 degree day as well as the first real buggy hike of the year. I quickly regretted forgetting to bring bug spray. It’s remarkable that the video I shot wasn’t overly filled with the hundreds of mosquitos that filled the air in my immediate vicinity. Poor judgement…read more
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If you enjoyed this post, please like and share. Verse Us – Poems I write: haiku, senryu, mesostics, free verse, random word constructions, I might even use rhyme or meter once and a while. Dialectic Two Step, Modern Koans, Verse Us, Say What?, and Minute Meditations all copyright Andrew Furst Subscribe to My NewsletterJoin me for a little peace through reflection, art, video, sound, and poetry Leave this field empty if you’re human:
Question: Why would an enlightened being avoid stepping on dog shit? Once awakened, wouldn’t a person remain frozen in the spot until they piss themselves to death? On achieving enlightenment, shouldn’t every bodily impulse to do anything be replaced with mindful observation without physical reaction? Response: Because stepping in dog shit causes you to smell the nasty smell of dog shit for the rest of the day. Everyone is awake. Life is action. Any formulation of enlightenment that fails to account for the way things are – eating, sleeping, shitting,…read more
The weeks leading up to Christmas can be the most difficult of the entire year for many people. For some, this might be a first year without a loved one. Some struggle with past memories. Me I struggle with the rush and rage of the holiday shopping, the aggressive driving, and the perennial “Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays” argument. But in the US, the rollercoaster ride that is December always ends in a nostalgic – if not chilly – day of peace, quiet, and ritual. Christmas morning delivers another day,…read more
13 December by Kate Greenstreet She considers a field. She considers a field and buys it. Let her have the fruit of her hands. We come down from the mountains. Yellow trees, green trees. I was leaving Earth but, before I did, I had to get rid of all my animals. My main one, my main model for behavior, was my snake. He was attached to the bottom of my foot but had become dangerous seeming and I was afraid he would bite me if he got the chance. My…read more
Here is a collection of thoughts on Christmas. It includes articles, questions, answers, etc. They’re drawn from a number of regular series including Modern Koans and Dialectic Two Step.