This morning I was using seeing as part of my meditation, so focusing on an object.  I was focused on the oak tree outside my window which sits in front of the redwood tree.  I could see morning light through the trees still untouched by  light as our house faces south on a hill on the side of a valley.

When I closed my eyes to rest them from seeing, and then opened them I saw a squirrel sitting outside the window on a branch looking in at me.  He or she then scampered away.  Perhaps my attention scampered, too, as I reflect now on the gifts of pausing to see the dimensions in liveliness, to honor and savor the connected realms in which we live.

I was so focused on the tree and dimensions and light that I had forgotten all that hosts where I live and how we twine. Of course, my pause might be of interest to a squirrel outside, and it could have been my imagination, but I don’t think so. It was part of a bond, a momentary branch.

Pema Chodron: 

If your everyday practice is to open all your emotions, to all the people you meet, to all the situations you encounter, without closing down, trusting that you can do that – then that will take you as far as you can go. And then you’ll understand all the teachings that anyone has ever taught.

View through the window – squirrel was sitting on the low branch dipping to the left
The wonders of a branch resting without a squirrel

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