All is well at Sweetwater Sanctuary as fall envelops the land. A cool breeze makes lighter the work of removing fallen oaks, shoveling for water diversion, and cleaning out the last of the debris. The bluejays supervise our movements as we join the chorus of chainsaws echoing throughout the canyon on most clear days.
Our hearts are full as we revel in our collective good fortune with fellow sangha members. Special thanks to Rebekah for donating her tools, skills and time to the tree removal effort (argh- somehow didn’t get her on film!). That chainsaw you brought is currently one of the crown jewels on the land 😉 Ken and Brooke also took the time to come by for an afternoon on their drive from down south to lend a helping hand…
Cory gathering the fruits of a days work. Much gratitude to the great oak for its offering!
As the holidays approach and the rains fall with more regularity, we are shifting gears on how we organize for karma yoga. Please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have time in your schedule and want to come down and help. We’ll try to coordinate our days there with you.
Love and gratitude,
Kay & Cory
P.S. A poem from Anam Thubten:
The blue sky is my face.
All these bright stars are my lovely eyes
My pristine teeth.
The moving clouds are the expression of my joy and sadness.
This earth is my body.
These overwhelmingly majestic mountains are my pelvis
Where primal forces hide.
I am the universe.
So are you, my dear friend.
I have been traveling a long time on this train.
This world just happens to be another station.
I just got out to get a drink and a snack.
This train station turned out to be so entertaining and complex
I ended up staying longer than I thought.
There are other passengers, who are enchanted by this world.
A voice in my heart said you are here to dance with these passengers
So you will know what unconditional love is.
This thing called unconditional love is the mystery of the universe.
This is all there is.
This alone is all I want to know.
So I make a commitment to stay here as long as I can.
When both of your hands want to join together, don’t resist.
When your body wants to twirl, go with it.
When your two bare feet want to jump wildly on the sand, enjoy the bliss
Of nature’s gentle massage.
All is well.
A La La Ho!
Eh Ma Ho!
Ah Ah Sha Sa Ma Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
–Anam Thubten, from All is Well