Saturday, November 26, 2005

Who is that on my finger?

Friend on my Finger, unknown butterfly (can you help?) overlooking Burma and Laos from Anantara Balcony, Chiang Saen, Thailand, November, 2005, Pentax Optio 555, Exposure 1/125 sec @ f7.9, ISO 64, with flash, © Steven Crisp

Have you considered your relationship with all the beings around you? Do you cherish it? What really is the difference between your family dog, a visiting butterfly, the housefly that seems to keep grabbing your attention, or the spider that's crawling around in the corner? Do you want to kill one of them? Maybe that's worthy of some contemplation. Should you really use your power to end that life? Who gets to draw the lines and on what basis? Why?

Here's an experiment: Try cherishing all of life for a day or a week, and see what that intention does to your spirit. I suspect it will flutter gently about and softly alight on you just when you need a friend.

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