sung by the ancient trees
beneath vivid green mosses
in the thick, soft rustle of roots
a fertile earth murmurs
breath of wind whispers
wild intuition walks
as secrets fall to rest
on the O horizon*
*The O horizon is the organic horizon that forms near the top of the soil in forests and other places where there is abundant plant material. It is a flourishing ecosystem where decomposition takes place, where worms, bacteria, and fungi break down leaves, pine needles, plants, bugs, and other detritus. In woodland areas, there are usually three O horizons. The first is that of pine needles, twigs, and leaves. The second is that of partially composted material. The third is a dark humus, not actually soil but rather a mature compost.
(Approaching the abyss)
We have no where to go (really) but down — eventually we must all let go and jump — it is supposedly that act which propels us to the next level — to enlightenment. What would bring us to this point — where are we willing to give up the self? Does the fall into the abyss always result in enlightenment? How would we know? What do we have to give up to make such a leap?
~ Hakuin Ekaku
I don’t know how we know. I do know one of the things we have to give up to make a leap, any leap, is fear. I’ve had to give it up a few times, to carry on with the commitment I made to get outside every day. I think it was the commitment that gave me the courage to give up the fear so I could make those leaps.
Or maybe I’m just plain crazy, like The Fool in the Tarot, a card I have long identified with. Sometimes it takes a little crazy to move on or move up, or even just to carry on.