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This is a story I found on the Internet. It illustrates the nature and wisdom of working together.
“As each goose flaps its wings, it
creates an ‘uplift’ for the bird following. By
flying in a V formation, the whole flock
adds 71% flying range than if each bird
flew alone.
LESSON: People who share a common
direction and sense of community can
get where they are going quicker and
easier because they are traveling on the
thrust of one another.
Whenever a goose falls out of
formation, it suddenly feels the drag and
resistance of trying to fly alone, and
quickly gets back into formation to take
advantage of the “lifting power” of the bird
immediately in front.
LESSON: If we have as much sense as
a goose, we will stay in formation
with those who are headed where we
want to go.
When the lead goose gets tired, it
rotates back into the formation and another
flies at the point position.
LESSON: It pays to take turns doing
the hard tasks and sharing leadership
with people as geese, interdependent
with each other.
The geese in formation honk from
behind to encourage those up front to keep
up their speed.
LESSON: We need to make sure our
honking from behind is encouraging–
not something less than helpful.
When a goose gets sick or wounded
or shot down, two geese drop out of the
formation and follow it down to help and
protect him. They stay with the goose until
it is either able to fly again or dies. They
launch out on their own with another
formation or catch up with the flock.
LESSON: If we have as much sense as
geese, we’ll stand by each other like
. . . Author Unknown


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Living in Long Island, New York in summer is a gift. Nature is in our backyards, the parks and along the shores. I’ve been grateful to have the time, stamina and physical ability, as well as a husband/best friend to go kayaking with in peaceful Hewlett Bay-Harbor. As we navigated through high tide this morning, a meaningful excerpt from a book I’ve been reading came back at me:

Everything that you have ever asked for is downstream, where you can easily find it, experience it, possess it, or live it.

The Astonishing Power of Emotions
Esther and Jerry Hicks (The Teachings of Abraham)

My bird watching was then accompanied by strains of the Beatles singing “…turn off your mind, relax and float downstream…”, from Tomorrow Never Knows.

Ah, taking meditative time in nature during the summer is something I look forward to. It is my hope that you may experience the joy and power of being outdoors, in stillness or in movement, wherever you reside.

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“It is the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.”
-Paulo Coehllo
Yes, everything in nature: the birdsong comes to mind first. A stone, a shell.
I’ve recently read “The Witch of Portabello” by this author. Extraordinary!

“Our lives begin to end the day we grow silent about things that matter.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Expression is being alive.

“Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn’t, it is of no use.”
-Carlos Castaneda

Interesting/ Of course, the definition of “heart” is individual perception.

“We have to start teaching ourselves not to be afraid.”
—William Faulkner
It takes work to overcome fear. The first step is acknowledgment that one want to do it!
I have found EFT, meridian tapping, to be extremely helpful in overcoming fear- even phobias!

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