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Well,
when you plug in
to extraordinary beauty—
both in nature
and with people—
the very last thing
you think to do
is check email,
facebook postings
or cell messages.
Every moment
must be in complete
absorption
of the place
and the faces
before you.
So it was
last week
in the wilderness
at Vallecitos Mountain Ranch
surrounded by the Carson National Forest
in northern New Mexico.

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We—about 40 of us—
traveled the 11-mile
primitive dirt road
into the ranch—
to be with Joanna Macy
who has long been teaching
“The Work That Reconnects.”
To our great disappointment,
a last-minute health issue
prevented Joanna’s travel.
Others stepped up
to lead us in Joanna’s
meditations and exercises
and we all took to heart
Joanna’s desire that we all
teach “the Work.”

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And why wouldn’t we?
How can we not?
The beauty that surrounds us—
in the clear, cold water
of a mountain river;
the simple faces of daisies
and asters,
strewn across acres of an Alpine meadow;
a family of beavers
in a glassy mountain pond,
the magical twirling
of Aspen leaves,
along the branches
of magnificent white-trunked,
straight-to-the-sky trees—
call us
all
to do the work
that reconnects us
to our wondrous home.

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