I don't let go of my thoughts. I meet them with understanding. Then they let go of me. --Byron Katie What are you noticing about letting go of thoughts? ... for Mindful Monday ... Photo credit: "Mårup Kirke near Lonstrup (Danmark) the anchor," magnetismus, 2011.
An Untied Boat Once I moved to Cold Mountain, everything was at rest. No more useless, mixed-up thinking. In idleness, I write my poems on stone walls, accepting whatever happens like an untied boat. --Hanshan What are you noticing about the clarity of your mind? Your level of acceptance of that which is? ... for Mindful Monday ... Source: The Complete Cold Mountain: Poems of the Legendary Hermit Hanshan, translated by Kazuaki Tanahashi and Peter Levitt. Boulder, CO: Shambhala Publications, p. 16 Photo credit: "Drifting Boat 09," Brent Ozar, 2006.
Fishing Trip We left before any glimpse of a daffodil sunrise, meandering off to the bay on the wisp of a dare The vessel reeked of years at sea, but we boarded, kept company with philistines and fishing rods, sights set on a sun-sparked lime-green ocean where the contents of our untrained stomachs made chum The boat splashed its way, cold christening us with salt water spray; feckless, we spun our reels, chance landing four fat salmon, legal limit, beginner’s luck © 2011, Jamie Dedes (The Poet by Day and The BeZine), all rights reserved; Photo courtesy of Junior Libby, PublicDomainPictures. com The worldly beginner’s luck may be a rare thing but it does happen and it is often worth memorializing in family stories, poetry, or even in blog posts, sometimes if