So very many obstacles…

When the sun comes out, it warms the body through,
And when the wind rises, it cools off the great earth.
The human heart must face so very many obstacles
That only the way of the sages can scatter and dispel.

– from the poem “Living in Seclusion in the Nanyue Mountains” by Xingche, translated by Beata Grant in “Daughters of Emptiness: Poems of Chinese Buddhist Nuns”

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2009. Photo by Matt Weiser.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2009. Photo by Matt Weiser.

Follow that trail

Contra Loma Regional Park, Antioch, Calif. Photo by Matt Weiser.
Contra Loma Regional Park, Antioch, Calif. Photo by Matt Weiser.
You can, from where you stand, make a decision to restore from within, even if your mind screams that it is not possible. Whatever feels unresolved, the animal part of you is already tracking the healing you need. Follow that trail; the medicine will feel like freedom.
 – Boyd Varty, Cathedral of the Wild