December 22nd, 2016

Zach at the beach

Serenity -

I am in Menlo Park at my son and his wife's home. I went out early this morning to enjoy the crescent moon, stars, and possibly to see a meteor. My phone informs me it's possible, but airplanes are the modern version and I am entranced with the lights, the silent movement of lights and the vision of those so carried and happy to land.

My other son has surgery today so we are gathering together and then will step into celebrating the holidays down here. The stocking are in the car ready to be hung by the chimney with care. I suppose it feels like my son who will have surgery is the one in the manger for this holiday as we gather around the beauty and joy that he is.

Yesterday my daughter-in-law was hit by a car as she rode her bike. This morning her nose is swollen and her body aches. We were focused one way and now another. Life is so fragile. How do we balance on the knowing of that?

I saw a red-tail hawk yesterday sitting a quiet oval in a tree, seemingly looking out at the ocean, but then a dive for lunch and a return to the tree. I learned that a train used to run to Sutro Baths in San Francisco. I had no idea. I continue to round on the richness of this world I share. I am with this quote by Ram Dass.

Our whole spiritual transformation brings us to the point where we realize that in our own being, we are enough.
- Ram Dass