Nature's Place

Are We There Yet? – In the Rain

I found her at night lying on a rain-soaked flower in the garden, some kind of Daisy, gripping by her feet and jaws. It had been raining and windy for two days and she was in danger of drowning or starving, even hypothermia since the rain went on for another few days – we have had floods again in Brisbane. So I fed her the smallest amount of honey, a tiny drop on the tip of the thinnest firm twig placed to her face and near her mouth. She wasn’t alarmed, in fact she gestured the cleaning of her face with her front legs, down towards her mouth, and showed more sign of life – a little unexpected movement.

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The next day she was still there so I took the flower and placed it in a glass with some water supported by thick dry tissue, to keep her from falling in the water. Then I fed her another tiny amount of honey, and she loved it. Immediately she was full of life and crawling about the new arrangement until she finally settled in the folds of the tissue where the water would be soaked off her body and she might warm up a little. Later I went out to see if I could get another shot and she was gone with the lull in the weather. Today, two days later, a similar bee, looking very healthy, landed on a nearby leaf as I was walking the garden – maybe her. Who is to know such a thing?

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It’s often considered an amusing expression of ‘teen’ impatience but I’d like to put a different slant on the phrase – Are We There Yet?

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Where is ‘There’? Surely it is where there is no more impatience? And if you take away impatience you have to take away so much else that is purely emotional, negatively so – as it contributes only to discontent, anxiety, future looking that divides the moment and causes inner (and outer) conflict.

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So ‘There’ is surely a place of peace, peace of mind – is there another kind, really? And I have to say ‘NO’ – doubtlessly. Just look around you and you will see everybody is discontent about something. I don’t want to turn this into a dissertation on basic human nature so I’ll stick to the big picture.

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Look into the news of the world, not just what your own local outlets produce, and join the dots. It takes a little time to get it but the picture is one of definite self-interest. Not just ‘do I have enough’, but do I have enough for every conceivable eventuality, as if to prepare for the worst. And most of all ‘Do I have what I want’, beyond what ‘I’ need.

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To do that requires you to ignore the needs of any who don’t fit your tribe. Yes, we are still tribal. You’ll also see that irrefutably expressed in the big picture, which is only a tapestry made up of all the little pictures. So you don’t really have to look far to see.

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And having seen it the question is ‘What can be done’? Well, there’s the question every sensitive soul has been asking since time began. The simple answer is you have to do what you are moved to address the injustice you see – or you are not being true to yourself, and that has serious long term consequences – both ways.

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Or there is the more pointed answer to the question ‘What can be done’? I write about it here all the time and every now and then someone comments that shows they get it – what I am really talking about, and it’s not macro or nature – or it is but not what you think.

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In fact I can’t write anything without pointing somewhat to the solution. When you have done what you are moved to do you have nothing else to do and you either find the truth of the matter or continue by the momentum of past behaviours – and do your best, if you do.

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Most don’t realise it but what we have on earth, as the world produced by thinking and emotion, is hell. Heaven is in the other direction, inside, the negation of thought and emotion – which of course is hell to anybody addicted to undisciplined thinking and emotion, but the withdrawals only last a while – hell ends.

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So if you want hell go on thinking and being emotional. But if you want heaven – and you have to really want it, just like any addict has to want to give up the object of addiction – you have to get serious. Serious is knowing what the problem is, really, and knowing what to do about it – a rarity indeed. And doing it.

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If you want to know the solution I have already outlined it in the first four pages top right, there is a logic to them. But to truly simplify it here I will tell you; if undisciplined thinking and emotion – which is what most people do and creates the existential world of good and bad – is the door to hell, the door to heaven is the pure and simple sensation inside the body – to which the natural senses are the existential reciprocal. ‘Right’ meditation, in other words.

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It’s that simple. And only when you have had enough of the one can you begin to really ‘get’ the other. And if that seems complicated that’s because you are thinking about it instead of sensing the truth or falseness of it, and just doing it. Or not doing it and just moving on to what is true for you now.

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It’s that simple but nothing good comes easy, until it does, but by another will than mine, or yours. And not without the endeavour – relentlessly.

Though the Sun will surely shine, don’t get caught out in the rain.

Mark Berkery ……. Don’t forget to CLICK on any picture to enlarge it in a new tab – best in FireFox – for me


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  1. Mark said, on 28/02/2013 at 9:36 am

    It is a common mis-perception what I do here is espouse a ‘philosophy’. I don’t, I practise what works for me towards peace of mind and write of it in one way or another – there is a world of difference. If you don’t get it, that’s ok, just do what’s true for you. You can’t go wrong, or if you do it’s only to get it right.

  2. sweffling said, on 26/02/2013 at 2:32 am

    I can only echo what Sue McB said earlier! As to the philosophy, just give me a still, quiet place, preferably warm and out of doors, where I can BE.

    • Mark said, on 26/02/2013 at 6:18 am

      It’s not exactly philosophy, it’s what I do and works as much as it does – a little more each time until something else happens that challenges my BEing. What I often refer to in one way or another is a practise that enables me to BE, wherever I am. Of course it’s harder when the physical pain is on, but the emotion is not what it would be without the practise.

  3. Alex Jones said, on 21/02/2013 at 8:56 am

    Awesome images, awesome philosophy.

  4. Chillbrook said, on 21/02/2013 at 4:45 am

    Given me a lot to think about Mark. Great post.

  5. simplyenjoy said, on 20/02/2013 at 11:34 pm

    Such a great post today and enjoyable to read. Thank you! I have a tattoo “Be here now” that has become my mantra over the years, but even before that (maybe it’s a middle child thing, or a writer thing, or a behavioral healthcare professional thing [see how I must label “the thing”]) I have learned to practice right speech, seeking harmony and balance and observing the wonders of life. (Of course I fail, often, but still, I practice.) The human mind is an amazing place and we can truly be our own worst enemy, thus creating the “hell” you speak of… though addictions, wars, drama, fighting… one truly has to “get over themselves” in order to see truth. And you’re right, this is through mental and emotional discipline… This is also a great practice for those in the mental health field – this is the foundation for good mental health. “Mindfulness” practice. Love how you weave nature and philosophy. Cheers!

    • Mark said, on 21/02/2013 at 1:12 am

      There is no other ‘here’ to be but ‘now’, and there is nothing now, or everything is now in the space of being no-thing. What most don’t know or realise, because they are still going through the ‘truths’ mentioned in response to your other comment, is that peace of mind is a result of the mechanics employed by the intelligence behind identity. It’s identity – with the passing truths – that is the problem, and living without it is hell to the addict. … the sun rises every day.

  6. Phil Kirby said, on 20/02/2013 at 9:49 pm

    Mark, if you pardon the play on words, we need to simply BE. We always think ourselves out of the moment never into it. As always I love the photography and the wisdom that accompanies it. Keep up the good work

    • Mark said, on 20/02/2013 at 10:23 pm

      Yes Phil, thinking ‘is’ out of the moment, now, and you can’t think yourself into it. It’s the intelligence that attends that counts, and what it attends to is what we make real, or realise – there is a ‘construct’ to reality, what else is worth realising. The difficulty is in coming to the truth that is worth it … then in maintaining it.

  7. Sue McB said, on 20/02/2013 at 6:40 pm

    What a lovely story of a kind rescue.

    • Mark said, on 20/02/2013 at 7:30 pm

      Thanks Sue. It was a lovely bee to rescue …

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