December is a time to reflect as another year draws to its close.
Nature has crafted it as a time of peace and silence,
A time to slow down the pace we’ve kept since early spring.
As the world outside goes dormant, there is little to do
here in our modern lives.
Once upon a time there was wood to chop and carry,
Game to hunt and prepare;
The ever ongoing round of baking, roasting, stewing, frying
To keep families comforted and fed.
Perhaps children to entertain and instruct by candlelight.
But now most of that is optional.
There is a gadget to
replace each and every well worn task.
We are free to do as we will;
To write, to paint, to craft, to read, to visit,
To plant the seeds of a new life in a new year;
To dig up the roots of past plantings and examine them yet again.
Or simply to sit in peace and silence,
In the glow of those candles
we lit by our own hands and mind;
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2013
“Seeing through to essential nature is the window of enlightenment.”
Hakuun Yasutani Roshi