Great walk today in the sunny park and then plenty of time for a cozy afternoon writing and knitting. I saw so many birds. I wish I knew what they are, but at the same time I know that this moment when every identification is exciting and there is so much learn is very precious. Perhaps if I keep going with my observations in a few years I will go on a walk like I did today and see nothing new, nothing I can’t identify immediately. I could be bored instead of fascinated and alert.
But then of course if you know all the birds you can move onto plants and rocks and fungi, etc. for ever. When I was a child I very much wanted to be a geologist when I grew up and my father built me a specimen box that I kept my labeled treasures in. When I am out looking and learning I get to feel that thrill of collecting and naming and the wide open feeling of childhood.
What I like about the “Urban Monk” is his emphasis on rest and renewal. Very important. Get more sleep and good sleep and take moments to relax throughout your day. In the later chapters he goes off on more advanced techniques for removing heavy metals from your bones and other complicated things. I think rest rest rest is enough for me for now.