We gathered
Saturday
to learn about
and practice
Living Mindfully in the Presence.
Gathered in a circle,
inside the pond house,
the morning growing bright
through the plate glass windows
that look out onto the patio,
the Big Pond,
the prairie beyond…..

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Many of us strangers,
we were introducing ourselves
to each other
when a Road Runner
hopped up on a table on the patio.

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We were all excited.
It sat there,
looking around
for a long time.
And we began to wonder
if
this Road Runner
had something to teach
us.

Once, long ago,
a Road Runner came to the bathroom window
at the farmhouse
and stared at me for a long time.
It was a time of great movement
in my life.

But for this group
on this day
in this context—
Living in the Moment—
what were we to make
of Road Runner’s dramatic
appearance?
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By morning,
there was some insight:
perhaps Road Runner
shows us ourselves,
running.
Yet,
even Road Runner

pauses.