Joining my guest, I spent one night inside and had a powerful and overwhelming experience of gratitude. While I greatly enjoy sleeping outdoors and value much about it, the previous night had been 20 degrees F and made for a cold sleep. Spending this following evening in a bed with crisp, dry sheets, without needing to bundle up considerably, and to have a bed to stretch out in, moved me. It was another reminder to realize how much I had been taking for granted, in regards luxuries in our society that have become expectations for so many people. Gratitude further overwhelmed me for the community and support and abundance surrounding me.
Little to no purchasing from stores was part of life here. Similarly, money was not a strong focus.
“The earth doesn’t need you at all.” -Old Turtle
The earth keeps giving; over and over.
One can turn on the tap here and never have to think about water quality. This is not the case now in many places.
After taking the tent down and sleeping indoors for two evenings, I woke up congested, with snot in my nose, and a hoarse, dry throat. If the surface and the bedding are comfortable and warm, sleeping outside seems to be preferable in most situations. Particularly in a wall tent.
Seeing the Forest Rd. neighbor’s property with its architectural gardening and elegant layout has a dramatic and positive effect on me. The contrast between how properties like this feel in comparison to those with scrap vehicles and unkempt houses, is marked. I would like to learn how to create spaces like this, and bring that creative process into my life.
Bike rides feel so much different than driving in a car. The pleasant yet invigorating experience is reinforcement of my desire to live in a place where car-free life is possible.
Regular aerobic physical activity is critical to my balance and well-being. Even dragging heavy logs, chopping firewood, a long day of butchering, or a similar energy-intensive experience is different than an aerobic one.
I can build a small, cozy, ample place to live. No need to worry – just do it.
Having a natural body of water in which to bathe improves the quality of my life greatly. Even a small pond is amazing.
we’re all dreaming.
it’s all a dream.
it’s all a play of mind.
The dream is happening incessantly.
Look into your thoughts – now.
Each one temporary.
Each, an imagination.
Being unreal and transient,
it would be foolish to deem them reality.
What would happen,
if I let go?!
I am free.
No one is bounding me.
Too much imputer.