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Pema Chödrön~
The next time you lose heart and you can’t bear to experience what you’re feeling, you might recall this instruction:

Change the way you see it and lean in.

Instead of blaming our discomfort on outer circumstances or on our own weakness, we can choose to stay present and awake to our experience, not rejecting it, not grasping it, not buying the stories that we relentlessly tell ourselves. This is priceless advice that addresses the true cause of suffering~
yours, mine, and that of all living beings.

white-crane-in-courtyardA good omen is a
white crane walking anywhere but in MY garden. A VERY good omen!

Pondering the white crane, taking her within to rest.

Acceptance is the practice.

white crane

White Crane Warrior

Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds!
Shine. Buddha

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17 thoughts on “Birds Walk Their Talk

  1. prewitt1970 says:

    It’s good to read these word, I’m stuck in a dark hole and not sure how to get out. You’ll be fine with this dental stuff I’ll come down and sit with you if you need just let me know.
    Big hugs.
    Much love and light.


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      You were in my thoughts last night when i wrote this and found the quotes. I have 68 pages of quotes so there’s lots to choose from; one of them usually works somehow for someone. 🙂

      I’ve visited that dark hole, luv, and guaranteed that things and you will move in and out of that space. It’s a human hole. You and I are humans thus we fall in lots being so blind!! Well, at least *I* am blind!!

      Thank you for your offer but I would never ask. I will be fine, just the fear takes hold and after meeting with an ass of an oral surgeon, I just about said forget it. However I’ve found another and I need more than one opinion anyway. Not fun tho being treated like an idiot. I don’t take that well. You might imagine…

      Love and Light to you too… take good care of B.


      1. prewitt1970 says:

        Thank you friend xx much love


  2. Mel says:

    “The next time you lose heart and you can’t bear to experience what you’re feeling, you might recall this instruction: change the way you see it and lean in. Instead of blaming our discomfort on outer circumstances or on our own weakness, we can choose to stay present and awake to our experience, not rejecting it, not grasping it, not buying the stories that we relentlessly tell ourselves. This is priceless advice that addresses the true cause of suffering~
    yours, mine, and that of all living beings.”

    Change the way you’re seeing it and ‘lean in’…….wow was that a powerful read this morning. And seriously?! A white crane IN YOUR GARDEN?!?! Holy cow……..wish I’da thought to have that one sent! How amazing is that……
    Rest in knowing at all is well–and all will continue to be well.
    Yeah, yeah…….I know I did the same thing with surgery and fear and borrowing troubles…..learn from me and do what the birds do. :-/
    Wow…….IN your garden……… A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Firstly it’s so nice to see you and your words again. I’m glad you are feeling stronger and more clear. I know anemia well. I had it terribly before my hysterectomy years ago. I was so low they wondered how I moved. And it took a long time to build back up. But you will, can you take iron? I cannot so it took much longer. Be careful with iron tho… you probably already know that. 🙂

      Yes, AMAZING… that’s what I thought … I see them occasionally and the big girl has kept them more at bay recently now that she’s discovered chasing birds. But they’re brave warrior birds and my big girl is a little chicken!! HAHA!! 😀

      You take care of you. I have something for you and one of these days will get it in my mailbox. Sort of distracted but doing better now that I can paint again. XO


      1. Mel says:

        *laughing* I could soooo see the chicken turning tail and backing up. Oh, but it’s still amazing. I’d welcome one in the garden here–not so sure the ground squirrel would. LOL

        Yup–it’s nice to be getting back into some of the routine. As you can guess, I’m ‘done’ by dinner time and I end up staring at any project I want to start thinking “that’s nice….put yourself together so I can send you off, will ya?” LOL I’m known for having two levels of energy–warp speed with my hair on fire and DONE!!! BOY does that ‘done’ mean DONE… And nope, no iron supplements for me. Time and healthy eating is what I’m told. *laughing* He-who-does-the-cooking is stuffing me full of all things green cuz it makes him feel better. I’ll try to breathe and give the body time to heal–but I’m such an impatient booger I’ll need reminding (about every 10 minutes might do it! LOL)


        1. ĽAdelaide says:

          probably chickens and squirrels would live happily together as long as they each had their food source so ALL is not lost. Tell he who…. you must have them for the snails/slugs/manure. He won’t mind another job. 🙂

          i hear you on that fatigue and hate to say this but you probably already know it. it’s going to be awhile before you feel half “normal” again. take care of you so you don’t develop some autoimmune issue due to pushing it too hard. that’s how i got so messed up after having my neck fused. it took 2 years to heal but i wanted to have my life back and woe to anyone who tried to tell linda how to live her life!! HA, should have listened…. ah well, now i can spout my “wisdom” to others so all is not lost. 🙂
          mel-“I’m known for having two levels of energy–warp speed with my hair on fire and DONE!!! ”
          that’s so funny, made me smile in complete allegiance. not that THAT does you any good. we are two of a kind and thus wouldn’t be healthy to listen to me. *giggles*

          glad on the NO iron sups. they are hard on the system. just good stuff, dark greenies, simply NOT so good but i am told one develops a taste however been trying to develop that for a long time now and still haven’t. Just tossed my chard and kale to the cows because the bugs were having a good old time and i wasn’t eating it more than a couple times a month. i do like chard more than kale so will try again with my winter veggie garden. as long as it’s very young, it’s actually better than spinach!

          i always have high hopes in the gardening thingy, not that i always succeed and getting it picked, cooked and eaten is very much another thingy.



  3. How fortunate you are to be visited so near by this beautiful whitebird. I am sure that this is a good omen. You have Pema’s wisdom words to help you go with the surgery and your own understanding. Sometimes just ‘one more thing’ seems like way too much but I know you will suceed. Many blessings to you.


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Yes, I am quite fortunate and I also needed the fortuitous moment. I am taking all things as signs.. Well truth be told, I take everything as a sign but I think I am looking for the particularly positive messages.

      I am being visited by a mountain lion and quite excited about it. She may have a babe who is also growling and squawking. I don’t know what they are doing and won’t be investigating knowing it’s best not to go THERE! I keep it to myself and husband/daughter since people around here tend to shoot first and ask later. However the lions are wily and onto us humans. Thus dark of late night.

      Thank you for such a lovely comment, Gretchen.


      1. Oh……..a mountain lion. How great. We have them here but I have only seen tracks. No one shoots anything here thank God.


  4. I’m struggling with discomfort/pain myself today. But, I have no crane in my yard:) I wish you relief. Take care.


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      dear elena, I’m sorry to read you aren’t well today… not at all pleasant! I send you the spirit of this great white bird to ease your suffering. be well soon! XO


  5. Amazing, your crane-visitor! And I am delighted to hear of your lion, too. Mum’s the word! The “shoot first” set exists everywhere. It’s very sad to me. People who live on the land should understand and respect the land. It is so hard for the cats, with their range cut off in every direction. May yours flourish (and make the deer more wary of your garden! :-)). May you flourish, too! Be well!


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      it is very sad, not to mention extremely short-sided! the cats are needed to keep both the deer and coyotes in check! they are very sly creatures and harmless lest one wanders too close to mama. I’m not that dumb! some up here are… apparently some idiot below us has his chicken restaurant now opened to the coyotes… apparently he’s not from around here so left them unprotected !! can you believe that? sigh…..

      of course, it’s the coyotes fault…..

      thank you so much, camilla, for your kind comment. XO


      1. “Chicken restaurant”! That’d be hilarious if it weren’t so sad. Who leaves chickens unprotected anywhere? You’d have to be completely clueless. Everyone loves chicken! Put up a “free meal” sign, then go poison some coyotes or something because you have a “predator problem.” That’s the mentality that gets me ranting! Grrrrr…..Thank you for caring for your land and its residents. A healthy ecological balance is the best “pest control.” I hope your neighbor uses this as an opportunity to learn something about his new surroundings.


        1. L'Adelaide says:

          You should have heard me. I have quite colorful language about things like this and this is one big idiot. I think it’s the same man as has been here for a few years now but to leave chickens unprotected up here is just plain stupid. AND then to call in the trapper–who, by the way—can never trap a thing. That borders on grounds for eviction in my book. I don’t get the calls from the trapper as husband knows my views and he’d[trapper] have his ear fall off on this one. His property borders ours. We’ve 1000 acres up here so many border our land. Trapper has to call every time he needs to wander over or under a fence. Not often as there’s only one trapper now for the entire area north to Oregon. I am not too worried he’ll do any damage. The animals see his coming. And an easy meal as well…… as for the cat, he’ll likely never realize as she’s not down that far.

          Trapper needs to take away chickens. End of story. Leave the rest to Mother Nature. She has her head on straight. In the meantime, if I were to breathe a word of Ms. Cat, trapper’d think it’s his duty to do something about her lest she have her lamb-or-two dinner. Yes, unprotected mamas and babes in a pasture over on the other side of the butte from us. We don’t have any near neighbors but it’s still populated. There’s only us and one other family who have been here since they’re grandparents. The rest come from Marin and SF areas. One just moved in from NY without even seeing the place. You think they know a thing about the land? She’s already called us about the water… ???!! Yes, amazing..

          I guess I’ve got a little energy about this as I think that left to itself, little actual killing need happen and the land is happier for it. I’ve been on the land for 40 years tho once upon a time, just a girl from the suburbs. But frankly the ones who live up around here seem to have absolutely no clue what’s going on. All they have to do is open their eyes. It’s quite hopeless… Most of them spend their time on the freeway, commuting elsewhere.

          Big sighs… XO


          1. I’m glad you’ve got that energy! More power to you on the “colorful language” front! 🙂 I guess some people want what they imagine is the “romance” of living in wine country, but are unaware…don’t even know that they don’t know, and aren’t really fit to be stewards of land. Sad for the land. Glad you guys are there with good sense and a soft hand.


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