Romantic places on a desert shore

– Beautiful places in Baja and the strange habit of searching  for problems we don’t want to have –

When the soul lies down in that grass

 by Rumi

 Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing

there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,

the world is too full to talk about.

Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other‘

doesn’t make any sense.


Honeymoon Cove 

A tiny little beach hidden behind the cliffs.

 After a romantic breakfast in the shade of the rocks it’s time for a swim.

 Barely a breeze today;  we can hear our voices echoing from the walls.

 The water is cool and refreshing.

 Afghan Passage, a narrow channel between Stillpoint Island and Danzante. At high tide you can just paddle through.

  The pelicans and cormorants always hang out there.

 And, when you look carefully, “Old Blue” is also there somewhere in a quiet cove.

Desert trees on the cliffs.

 * * * * * *

 Our garden keeps us busy.

The garden needed a fence for a while because the quails like to tear up the roots. It demands water every day, and we have to haul it – every drop of it. Unfortunately some bugs and the birds have found it too, but we do get our share.

The tomatoes are not quite red yet, but they are getting there.

Acelga = Swiss Chard

 Tea und Kuchen‘ in our garden


Between experiences, between events, between thoughts, between breaths there is so much room to rest.


 We often search for something we don’t want.

We sit here and have no problem

– we definitely don’t want problems –

so we look out if there might be a problem.

Not here but maybe there.

Instead of resting here in a state where things just are as they are we search for a problem.

We actually search for something we don’t want.

Pretty stupid, isn’t it?

We are here but want to be there.

We are here, but our senses, our problem detectors – eyes, ears, mind – function basically in only one direction,

they seem to be designed to look out and check what’s there:

if not here, maybe it’s there where a problem could be found?

We can either ask: is there a problem?

or rest in a state of just observing, noticing, acknowledging, and actually celebrating.

We usually argue that by anticipating problems we have a much greater chance to solve them later,

however, by anticipating problems we inevitably diminish our awareness of actually having no problems yet,

we reduce our capacity to have, to receive, to revel, to celebrate.


                                         Klaus  February 10, 2009

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