In October my sister and I spent a couple of nights at the Nauset Knoll Motor Lodge in Orleans on Cape Cod. The big draw was that the motel had a short path to Nauset Beach, a ten mile stretch of seashore facing the open Atlantic. We could hear the waves from our motel room. Pure joy!
Wildlife sightings: from the road we saw wild turkeys and a coyote; hopping across our path to the beach we saw a bunny; and at the beach we saw gulls of course, and a little plover running along the water’s edge, and a seal bobbing in the waves.
One afternoon we spent two hours meandering on the beach. Nothing but sand, sea and sky as far as our eyes could see. Beverly, the geologist, was collecting stones, and I was taking pictures. And contemplating the universe, the oneness of all things.
Being awake. Resting in the happening of this moment, exactly as it is. Relaxing the need to understand or to make things different than they are. Opening the heart. Just this — right here, right now.
~ Joan Tollifson
(Resting in the Happening of this Moment)
We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips that we lay on ourselves — the heavy-duty fearing that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities that we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy and the addictions of all kinds — never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake.
~ Pema Chödrön
(Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living)
Few places on the earth possess a nature so powerful and so unspoiled that it would remind anyone living in a concrete world that he once belonged to a pre-industrial civilization.
~ Liv Ullmann
It was windy and chilly and we were bundled up well. I even wore my mittens when I was not taking pictures. But eventually it was time to go back to our room and get ready for dinner. So back up the path to the motel. Our window was the one on the right in the white section of the building. There are only 12 rooms. A quiet, beautiful, windswept place to stay.
I hope I will come back here again one day…
8 thoughts on “this moment, exactly as it is”
Looks like a lovely adventure! Views that expand way beyond our seeing….
They were lovely days, with many ‘still moments by the sea.’ And amazing ‘large-drawn’ views!
The pictures from your outing are wonderful! I love the ‘drama’ on the beach…what a beautiful place!
Thank you, Tiny! I’m not sure I’ve ever noticed two huge long clouds rolled up side by side before, very striking!
BEAUTIFUL photos, Barbara. Can you imagine how cold it is there today, with the frigid temps and wind? But still, the gulls will be standing there with their grumpy look. 🙂 I love the sea pebbles. Infinity, indeed.
Thank you, Pam! There’s something about Cape Cod, no matter the weather it is a soothing, comforting place to be, at least for me and my sister. I loved how the gulls were standing so that the wet sand completely covered their feet. Must be a good feeling. 🙂
I believe children do the same thing. They like to feel part of where they/we all come from….? xo
Now that you mention it, children do do that. A primal urge to connect with Mother Earth… *hugs*