Methods that work…
… Is not the sledge-hammer approach (usually)
… Is persistence, an ancient life skill almost universally useful, and is as close as you can get to inner stillness while still trying to do anything.
Dictionary.com: “1. to touch or push gently; 2. to prod lightly; urge into action”
Everyday use … Problem solving by baby steps … never quite giving up, or by giving up and then starting where you left off, and then continuing until the problem is solved.
Nudging Applied to Tracking …
“I can’t …”
“Well, I could do this …”
“Hmm, that worked and I’m a little closer …”
“What if I …?”
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“The only way to get anywhere else is to start where you are.”
Sitting is one way … Walking another
Meditation applied to tracking:
Meditation is about inner stillness … still minds notice more, a lot more.
One Method Practiced:
Walk … In a safe calm-ish place
Distractions … Just helpers
Avoid dangers … They are a nother part of the practice
Notice and give way to wildlife … More practice
Visual Focus … Wide-Angle Vision*
Mental focus … The empty spot between your eyes
Breathing focus … helps, sometimes
Herd the mind … It’s the most useful
Respect your own pace … ‘Cause you will “ought to should want to”
One step is progress … “Not too bad, not too bad at all”
Not trying … Oh yeah, that is the point
Enough …It’s what you can
Maybe nudge a bit … Further
It’s ok not to … When?
What they say is true, there really is nowhere to go, nothing to do…no progress to make.
What if it’s really that nothing is missing from or wrong with the present, the world? After all, as Leonard Cohen says about cracks, “That’s how the light gets in.”
Oh, and by the way, you can’t see stillness. It builds in the background, behind the glaring phosphorescent consciousness. No! Wait!, you can see it! Notice the changes. I know, that’s vague, but you will.
A different way to communicate with the rest of the world …
A successful experiment … Mental focus between the eyes, in wide-angle vision.
The squirrels heard… “Shhhhh, shhhh, shhhh …” and did stop barking.
Humans … Something pretty interesting happens in the first few seconds just after you notice someone.
How do others react if you still your inner process and just gently notice them … And as if you were seeing all the good they carry?
Chickadees … Knew my inner state before I did!
Geese … Hear you when you are present … And they’re not the only ones!
*More about “Wide-Angle Vision” from Princeton University
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Page: How To Find and See Tracks … Ways to reveal hard to see tracks and details
Controlling Lighting to Increase Visibility of Tracks
Finding the Next Track
Dust Compressions (Dull on Shiny by Canine Toe Pad)
Track on ‘Bare’ Rock (Red Fox Front Foot)
Using Stone Rolls to Find Tracks
The Tracking Stick
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