Melanie West's blog

Looking Closely

Bee in flight and Spanish lavender

I hope you are all faring well and perhaps enjoying some time of focus on the home and the interior world. This photo I took recently in my garden and catching a bee in flight is challenging but delightful. Looking closely to go deeply.

As we also stay mindful of the worldwide situation and human rights, here are some thoughts I've shared with open minded folks about the current madness in the world.

In these times, as always, we can choose to remain calm, alert and wise. Dropping fear and narrow points of view, we can welcome expansive vantage points and stay centered and present.
False dilemmas will be offered by the dominant cultural mindset but we are not forced to choose their path. I ask for broader conversation in these times. Checking our blind spots, multiple times, can aid us in more complete vision and a new/ancient, regenerative way of living in the world.

I simply request calm, diverse, nonpartisan perspective as it is good practice for the multiple issues we are facing.
-Melanie, July 2020

Number 47 in Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, rendition by Ursula K. Le Guin

You don't have to go out the door
to know what goes on in the world.
You don't have to look out the window
to see the way of heaven.
The farther you go,
the less you know.
So the wise soul
doesn't go, but knows;
doesn't look, but sees;
doesn't do, but gets it done.