Subtle Landscape

September 29, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

Windy island in Jamaica Pond, 2016

As you walk up from the boathouse, along the Jamaicaway and beyond the traffic circle, the path rises slowly, obscuring the shore of the Pond. Depending on where you stand, you can see the Pond through trees; or turning the other way, you can see an array of vehicles jockeying for position.

This is a noisy part of the walk around the Pond, especially in late afternoon as the light begins to get interesting. So it's always a curious juxtaposition - the endless stream of cars and trucks blustering by and the gentle sway of trees in front of water.

I reflect that I am quite capable of choosing this subtle landscape as my focus of attention, rather than the endless traffic. Yes, it is easier to do it here, with this image, but it's still possible in the moment. It's not that I don't hear the cars, but rather that I can practice noticing but not dwelling and actively move my attention to the blessings of green and moving water. That serves me much better.


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