Another Walk in the Forest

My daughter said, "I love getting out in 'nature'".

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You walk the same trail in the forest a million times and see something new each time.

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Occasionally I feel overwhelmed by the never-ending cycle of activities of my daily life: sleep, eat, exercise, parenting, family, friends, work, study, coaching, etc. But those feeling pass quickly. I am constantly surrounded by a life that fascinates me and excites me. I live in a beautiful world that gives me reprieve any time I ask for it. All I need to do is look around and breathe.

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I look closely at things to get a different perspective.

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Light, gesture, colour.

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Often there are no words that come to me.

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My inquisitive son asked me if he could lick a mushroom in the forest. I advised against it.

He has amazingly gentle hands for a 5-year-old. No mushrooms were harmed.

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Run! As kids love to do.

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My favourite moment of the day was when the kids asked to take their shirts off. It was an especially warm Thanksgiving Monday (in Canada), October the 13th, 2014.

Running through the forest shirtless on October the 13th. I am glad I had the camera with me to capture the moment.

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"Today I am fortunate to have woken up.
I am alive, I have a precious human life.
I am not going to waste it.

I am going to use
all my energies to develop myself,
to expand my heart out to others,
to achieve enlightenment for
the benefit of all beings.

I am going to have
kind thoughts towards others.
I am not going to get angry,
or think badly about others.

I am going to benefit others
as much as I can."

-- His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama


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