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Let me see the light for as long as I can

It may be a product of getting older, but there are times when I want to stop time.
I want to make the sunsets last just a little longer.
I want the quiet mornings to go on and on, the laughter at the dinner table to stretch out into a whole evening, the beauty of the clouds as they race across the valley to never end. It is not that I want to freeze reality, just slow it down. I want life to move as slow as me. For I have learned that life moves far too fast as it is. It is a joy that endures but briefly, made of moments that pass as quickly as hummingbirds.
Let me linger in the love I feel. Let me see the light for as long as I can.

–Steven Charleston

Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu

For whatever reason, if I hear this music, either be it playing live, or, what happens more and more often these days, when it plays in my mind and I whisper the words…

… if I’m stuck in a traffic jam, I smile and see the things I wouldn’t see whilst driving by on an empty Autobahn.

… when I’m in a hurry, I slow down, stop, to take a breath and let it me work on me, to either change thoughts or give new energy to what I was doing

… The best visible change, for me, is in the work and play I have with my horses. They seem to connect so much more easy with me, having less of a trust issue because I just let things go and smile about my own mistakes. And the beautiful thing is, they come back to me to try again what we were trying to do.

Horse Yin Yang

Horse Yin Yang

It’s the let go, the be happy in whatever is being given and to not expect anything that goes up to higher levels of happiness. If you don’t expect anything, you’ll get back much more than what you’ve ever hoped for*


सर्वेशां स्वस्तिर्भवतु
सर्वेशां शान्तिर्भवतु
सर्वेशां पुर्णंभवतु
सर्वेशां मङ्गलंभवतु

शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः

Om
Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu
Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu
Sarvesham Purnam Bhavatu
Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu
Om
Shanti Shanti Shanti

Om
May there be happiness in all
May there be peace in all
May there be completeness in all
May there be success in all
Om
Peace, Peace, Peace.

Sarva = everything; Sarvesham≈all/ everything; svastir=health/ well-being; bhavatu=let be, may there be
Shanti = peace
Pūrnam = completeness/ perfection/ fulfillment
Mangalam = success (spiritual success)/ auspiciousness / prosperity

While I tried to translate this into German for a friend, I noticed I ran into the problem that this doesn’t translate easy.

“In all” means both “in everything” as in achievements, goals, but that I didn’t like.
So I tried to find a way to translate it into “for everyone” but I wasn’t happy with that version either. It’s more the “in everything” which means everyone, everything and every living being. The greater “all” is the only thing I could be happy translating it in, but these days that’s also difficult to explain. It’s that I “have” no religion that I can say that for every one that has their own belief, they can address their god(s), for the atheists that they can think or feel whatever they think, and for the rest, including animals, that we are part of one bigger universe that’s still to be discovered.

Namaste

* – This is true for animals and many children. This is not always true for adult humans, as they sometimes aren’t honest in what they say vs. what they really do. But still, I’ve learned to forgive them, when the time is there. And sometimes I help Karma a little bit.

See also Tina Turner – Nam Myoho Renge Kyo for more on this topic.

Come walk with me through the evening light.

Sunset, Steigerts, Bergstraße, Germany

Come walk with me through the evening light.
Let us talk of those things that matter to us most, the questions we have carried the longest, the visions we have seen, the dreams we still believe in.
Let us laugh at the things we share in common and marvel at our differences.
Let us help one another to discover the great breadth and depth of the spirit world in which we live.
Let us go down paths of thought both familiar and yet always new, questioning why we feel faith the way we do.
Let us trust ourselves to a grace that knows us both and loves the whole wide world.
Come walk with me through mystery, walk through the evening light.

–Steven Charleston

A hike through the Knoblochsaue (also known as Kühkopf)

Another day, yet another trip. After the hilly Odenwald hikes over the weekend and yesterday, today was a “flat one” on the list.

Still, with about 18km (post-calculated) it was quite a long walk. I normally cycle this one, but in these days, with slippery wet roads it was good enough to walk.


One of the first things we noticed were the mistletoe on almost every tree. They were however mainly on poplars, and none of the oak trees had them. They are a parasite, living on trees, and when there are too many, the tree might just die, or fall over due to the weight.

Additionally to that, the berries and leaves are poisonous. And yes, these are the plants that allow you to kiss the person next to you when you both stand underneath it. Pretty interesting if you know what these parasites really are.


The flat and bit curvy roads, sidelined by various trees. In a few months, there will be wild garlic growing everywhere, with white blossom and somehow .. an interesting smell.


The ‘wetlands’, covered in a grey/champagne colour, surrounded by poplars with mistletoe in them.


The -in the netherlands famous- pollard willows, here the uncut version.


One of the famous landmarks: you’re getting closer to the Rhine river. In the far distance to the right one sees the poplars which line up to the river.


But before that, we ran into a fox, hunting. We could admire his nice dark orange coat and the black fluffy ear tips which were scanning it’s nearby surroundings. He/she was so concentrated that he didn’t see us until we were really close.


Finally, the water, where the grey clouds and the atmosphere indicated only one thing: rain.


Watching south, towards Biblis


And a doggy in her element. Lots of lovely smelling bits and water to cool down.


Further down the track, at the part that goes parallel with the old Rhine track, there are 2 observation huts which are a great refuge, not only for the rain, but also to see all kinds of creatures walking around.


(click to enlarge panorama)


And then, all of a sudden, 2 roe deer, quite round, probably ready to give birth walked by at the other side of the mud puddle. Can you spot them?


From here on it started to rain even heavier, and we were trying our best to not slip over the wet road with big holes dug into it.


Just before the parking place, the rain stopped and I could take some more pictures of remarkable animals: The coypu also known as the river rat or nutria. They are like a crossing between a beaver and a rat, with a rat-like tail and beaver-like orange teeth. I got to know them as pretty aggressive rodents, wouldn’t like to have yet another close encounter with them.


For the rest of the water animals, they seemed to be fine company though.
Glad we reached our destination, it was quite a walk. A lovely one though.