Mouth of the Russian River as seen from Red Hill, Sonoma County Coast in December, 2009
Our Mother Earth.
Holding us in such grace
We think Her patience will never
“I pledge allegiance to the flag
Of the United States of America
And to the republic for which it stands,
One Nation, under God, indivisible,
With liberty and justice for all.”
“I pledge awareness of Kind Death
Who will be faithful to us all,
And of the Compassion for which She stands,
One Life Force, call Her God, indivisible
With Serenity and Comfort for all.”
"Don't move. Just die over and over. Don't anticipate. Nothing can save you now, because this is your last moment. Not even enlightenment will help you now, because you have no other moments. With no future, be true to yourself—and don't move."
—Shunryu Suzuki Roshi