Today I had coffee with my youngest daughter, Holly, and we shared a wonderful conversation together. I feel in awe at the way in which she faces life's challenges with such a sense of dignified presence and compassion. Today her bearing reminded me of that of a redwood tree, so noble, centered and regal. I especially appreciate the way she has learned to avoid hooking into the up-and-down drama of the society around her, but instead remains even-minded and calm. Holly's attitude reminds me of Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron's admonition to "drop the storyline" and to identify ourselves instead with the vast and spacious divine awareness in which all of our drama floats. How amazing it was today to stand in the presence of such a wonderful human embodiment of this liberating principle! Thank you, Holly :)
Photo: Ferns and Redwood trees, Redwood National Park, CA
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.