A friend posted on her facebook wall
a drawing of a person and a dog
walking towards a row of trees.
The person’s thought-bubble
is crowded with images.
The dog’s thought-bubble
is empty
except for the sun and row of trees
in front of them.
The drawing succinctly
draws a distinction
between a mind full
and mindful.

Photo: Which are you?
Seventy Percent of the Population Are Idiots‘s blog

These days
our minds tend to be full—
of information,
fears,
deadlines,
ideas,
worries…
Each day,
we can be bombarded
with a vast amount of input
that only the technological age
can offer;
with the economic and ecological pressures
of our time.
Access to constant information
can be inspiring and helpful;
it can also be overwhelming,
even damaging.
In our endless availability,
amid the pressure of unrelenting expectations,
we may find it extremely challenging to be in touch,
simply,
with this moment;
to rest
in this moment;
to notice the unfolding
in this moment;
to appreciate life
in this moment;
to live
in this moment;
to see the trees
in front of us.
Fortunately,
we can be trained.
The spiritual practice
of mindfulness,
of being present in the moment—
found in so many spiritual traditions—
is not lost.
It is a practice
to be renewed, relearned
in times like these.
At Turtle Rock Farm,
we offer a day retreat
to help people
learn, or refresh, the skills
to live in the moment
in their daily lives.
It is a spiritual practice
at so many levels.
Not only is it a stress management tool,
it helps us connect with our truest, deepest selves,
each other,
all of creation
and the Source of All.
It brings peace,
inner
and outer.
Join us on Sept. 1.
Register on our website:
www.turtlerockfarmretreat.com

St. Francis bird feeder, and others, at TRF