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Coming into Balance

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“He (the American Indian) believes profoundly in silence—the sign of a perfect equilibrium. Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind, and spirit. The man who preserves his selfhood ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence—not a leaf, as it were, astir on the tree; not a ripple upon the surface of shining pool—his, in the mind of the unlettered sage, is the ideal attitude and conduct of life. If you ask him: “What is silence?” he will answer: “It is the Great Mystery!” “The holy silence is His voice.”

—Ohiyesa, “A Treasury of Traditional Wisdom”, Whitall N. Perry

thinking about the autumn equinox
of balance, night and day
in the northern hemisphere as well as in the southern one
seasons reflected
wondering how to balance activity with nonactivity
schedule space!
thinking about
what is essential, what is not
what is eternal, what is transient
what to let go of, what to keep
slowing down
earth rhythms
be in tune…