The Art of Listening and the Art of Interpretation manifests in Hermeneutics and Linguistic Mystics like Kabbalah et al. In English these exercises may be fruitfully explored & applied. Consider: what is the relationship between the words ‘success’ & ‘succession’?
One example of interpretation, which surely leads to further ones, is: Succession can be broken down into the first two and third syllable forming coherent words: success + ion.
When some of my ecologist and engineer peers were asked, the following (paraphrased) answers emerged: Continue reading →
We send our energies here and there, often in wasteful ways. Can this be reversed? No – to move backward we must still make progress forward in some way.
Though we can not undue our wasteful actions in all cases, we must recognize that our behaviors are never a total loss. Our positive and negative activities progress through our environment. We may never directly see their consequences, but there is no doubt that all things are ultimately connected. In attempting to do better after making errors, we may find that we have exhausted our supplies and cannot try again. This is where we must recognize that our efforts do not end and disappear – there are ways to recapture the essential materials that have been spent in some useful ways. Sometimes this is a stretch: we must look to the lessons we can learn to recapture materials in the form of thoughts; sometimes we must look at a chain of events that comes from our activities and patterns in order to see where the energy has ended up, and what energy and materials may be salvageable in this reservoir.
There is a flow to all things, as there is also a static state. Thus the principles of a watershed apply as lessons for more than conventional ecosystem management.
What is the greatest threat to man in the backcountry?
The greatest threat to most people is themselves, to be honest! Remembering to move slowly, to pay attention to surroundings, to hydrate often, and to control heat loss and gain through layered clothing, will eliminate many problems before they can occur. The three things that get most people into problems (other than mechanical injuries) are hyperthermia, hypothermia, and dehydration.
This backcountry survival advise is also very applicable in the frontcountry or in our everyday lives. Consider the above quote, taking it in through a metaphoric lens of the classical elements. Some examples: excessive heat corresponding with excessive fire element, masculinity, yang-energy; excessive cold corresponding with excessive water element, femininity, yin-energy; water corresponding with qualities of stillness, balance, reflectiveness, flow…go explore some water to see what else it knows!
South and West from the North, and back to the North
Where the water meets the land
One side wet, one side soft sand
To the Earth I give my foot and to the Air I give my hand
Where one part finds one part is where we find the balance to start, or finish
This way or that; to the forest or to the vastness
To rise or to sink
To act or to think
To cultivate or to diminish
Like an equinox, for a moment in the turning of the clock
We stand at a space where we share equal day and night
But we mustn’t stay, for time doesn’t wait and tides vibrate
And so we embark, to the solar south summer or the polar north winter
To the rocky mountains or the slimy sea
It matters not so much which way you go, but that you go at All
On your way to find Me