Nature's Place

Beyond The Rain





In the last week the daily temperature has gone from mid 30’s to mid 20’s (C) with the end to end cloud cover and rainfall over this part of the earth. Very comfortable, very wet. The plants love it too, after the scorching heat of the fiery summer sun.

Driving in the rain is not unlike the practise of being, having to look through the movement of form to see where I want to be, and stay on the road that works to get me there, instead of focussing on the splashing on the glass or thundering sound on the roof.

The trouble comes with distraction, to the focus of attention or intelligence, to the point where I become identified with what distracts and no longer see where I want to be.

If I am distracted enough by the rain it becomes all there is and I could end up drowning in it.

Recovery is always possible though, by focus on where I want to be – in clarity.

© Mark Berkery ……. Click any picture to enlarge in a new tab





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  1. Lyle Krahn said, on 24/01/2015 at 3:40 am

    You’re making that creature look pretty good – I guess that’s the benefit of focus among other things!

    • Mark said, on 24/01/2015 at 8:37 am

      Thanks Lyle. I bet it looks good to an ant anyway. Without focus it’s just a blur, you know …

  2. Cate said, on 24/01/2015 at 2:39 am

    Lovely, Mark! The brown tones of the ant on the gold tones is soothing, and I appreciate the written reflection, as well.

    • Mark said, on 24/01/2015 at 8:34 am

      Thanks Cate. Relaxation is key to the pleasure of being when it runs deep …

  3. David said, on 24/01/2015 at 2:38 am

    Very interesting ant with the spikes and the sockets for the antennae look like eyes. Nice captures.

    • Mark said, on 24/01/2015 at 8:31 am

      Thanks David. The spikes are protection from being dismembered in combat, for one, and I suspect the sockets allow the antennae to tuck up in tight spaces so they don’t get caught up and damaged. It’s amazing how nature forms and how we tend to take inspiration from it, albeit partially for now.

  4. Mark said, on 24/01/2015 at 1:20 am

    Do click on the pictures folks. They look much better bigger.

  5. Karen Douglass said, on 24/01/2015 at 12:22 am

    And I was thinking that the ant looked rather attractive, making some sort of eye contact. But as always, a fine assortment of images and words. Thanks, Mark.

    • Mark said, on 24/01/2015 at 1:19 am

      Well, it does, it is – to see its eye is contact, and what I believe is the truth – the absence of contradiction. Thanks Karen.

  6. Alice O'Leary said, on 23/01/2015 at 11:17 pm

    Mark, your words are as fine as your photos.

    • Mark said, on 24/01/2015 at 1:13 am

      Thanks Alice. It’s a finer rain these days … and a finer vision to see with, as the matter allows and the spirit attends.

  7. macmsue said, on 23/01/2015 at 9:26 pm

    Those spikes on the ant look wicked!

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