On staying centered…

…enjoying the experience of diversity.

We live surrounded by monocultures: There is little scope for nature to be expansive. We can say this of our own experience, if we don’t allow life in.

A local producer at the weekly market.
A local producer at the weekly market.

This shot was taken the year that, for the first time, there was no Tuna Festival on the island of Sicily. The stocks had been fished out; This shows that one, tasty and successful species of fish could not support it’s population enough, that we could eat them to the degree that we do.

This was taken 5 years ago. Monocultures still have their top of the production chain, but at the cost of diversity. The cult of youth, what I think the media; mainly newspapers and television, hawk as being up-to-date,  betrays free choice, as it limits what is shown.

When we slow our lives down, we can then appreciate our experience of growing old. Every day we can notice the change of seasons. When everything has consequence, why is it so many choose to focus on looks or mere appearances, when there is such a depth of experience within themselves?

There is nowhere better than here, whether we’re in a palace, or our homes, or neighbourhoods; or in the car, or in a queue at the supermarket…

neighbourhood/ˈneɪbəhʊd/
noun
  1. a district or community within a town or city.
  2. the set of points whose distance from a given point is less than (or less than or equal to) some value.

For me, my expansiveness comes in movement. It comes in appreciating and saying yes to my experience.

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