One thing I learned in Alaska is that when you see green water in it, that means there’s protein in the water, which means there will be fish, and also bears. I took this photo in the Kenai Peninsula in southern-ish Alaska (southwest-ish, not southeast).
A monk was anxious to learn Zen and said, “I have been newly initiated into the Brotherhood. Will you be gracious enough to show me the Way?”
The Master said, “Do you hear the murmuring sound of the mountain stream?”
The monk said, “Yes, I do.”
The Master said, “Here is the entrance.”
“Listening intently” is a simple, fun meditation practice. Just sit, relax, and listen to your environment like a dog, cat — or a squirrel in the wild, where your life depends on your listening. At work I used to have fun by listening to as many conversations as I could simultaneously.
Every March I feel like moving back to Talkeetna, Alaska, and this year the feeling has started early. This is a photo of Denali from the rivers in Talkeetna. If I remember correctly, Denali is 90 miles away in this photo. (Denali is kind of a big deal.)
This is a view of the rivers in Talkeetna, Alaska from the railway bridge. The town of Talkeetna is to the left in this view, as is the Talkeetna beach area. The bridge is over the Talkeetna River, and the much larger Susitna River is crossing from right to left in front of me.
If you ever hear about a beach in Talkeetna, Alaska, this is the entrance to it. At some point I’ll add a map to the beach here, but in short, if you’re walking through town, keep walking to the end of the town, and go through a narrow entrance. You’ll then start walking on sand and rocks, and if you walk through a narrow walkway/entrance, you’ll come to the beach in just a few hundred yards.
At the moment I’m wondering how Zen Masters (and Zen students) drive during Phase 2.
I didn't see how it started, but on a bike ride in 2011, I came across this truck in a river, in Palmer, Alaska.
Sometimes it's best not to question me, just help me dump the body in the river.
(From a friend, from someecards.com.)