Saw a bunny … chipmonks; woken up by not only chirping but shrieking birds… AND warned of a bear sighting but never really got to see the bear. There are still pines and cedar trees but as a second growth forest, the type of trees now growing are different from those trees from centuries ago. Man had logged the ancient forest and now we have … this second forest.
“During the Comstock mining era in the 1800s, people clear-cut much of the Lake Tahoe Basin’s forestland to provide wood for settlements and mining operations. Among the trees cut were a majority of the old growth stands in the Basin, many as old as 300-400 years. The removal of so many trees in a short period of time resulted in the re-growth of forests into dense, even-aged stands. Subsequently, fire suppression, intended to protect development in the Basin and throughout the Sierra Nevada, further increased forest density and compromised natural forest processes. Today, forests at Lake Tahoe are less structurally-diverse, less resilient to stress, more prone to catastrophic fire, and support a more narrow range of plant and wildlife species than forests of the past.“
How will 12 year olds LEARN this upcoming school year? How will his and his classmates’ moms or/and dads survive remote learning? During this unprecedented time of global pandemic, we put all these endless causes for endless worries in a box labeled “worry box” and keep putting in the contents from our anxious brain. We may wake up before dawn with racing thoughts, sometimes, dreadful black clouds may shut out the light. But sun rises, sun sets, the cycles of the moon perpetuates – regardless. Several tools to deal with this commonly held thoughts of – wait, we didn’t plan for this – wait, does anything I do now count?
Or we can choose a practice of mindfulness.
When one thought after another clutter our minds – we choose the time to open that box of worries – set once a day – pull out the worries lika a magician pulling out a rabbit out of a hat – ponder of then, constructively tackle each and all – take action where needed – problem solve if possible – if impossible to solve because it’s not within our control – then – put them back into that “worry” box. There’s no need to obsessively over and over rummage through this box throughout the day. Just revisit once a day each day for allocated set aside time. We are in control of setting that time. Rather than merely reacting, we are in control of our thoughts and actions. Those thoughts and actions are chosen to benefit us not only survive but thrive … in spite of whatever turmoil, pain and suffering we are undergoing.
Rest of the 24 hours minus that time, we live the now, focused on the “work” or “play” or “care” at hand – to be in “wonder” of the everyday routine miracles. Back on the mat – off the mat – stay with that intention you set for yourself throughout the day. Sure, we go astray sometimes but … then we let our inner higher self beckon us back onto the mat or wherever that gives you the inner focus to again take that aim … to peg ourselves to the present moment, to really be conscious and super awake.
20 – 30 minutes a day – if you can afford it – one hour- take time out to empty our minds from distractions and toxic loopy thoughts – restore our circuitry – to re-balance- to re-calibriate that harmony – to just be, not do. Free ourselves from busy agitated minds, even if it’s for a moment. To be in the flow, allowing us to distill the swirls of thoughts, moods, emotions into … clearly seeing what’s most important.