CaptCliff on Taking a Mindful Walk on the Beach
This past weekend I sought inspiration by engaging in a “mindful” walk near Deerfield Beach Florida, just outside Boca Raton. As I walked by the roadside and along the meandering beach path, I asked my higher power to help me “notice” random objects and momentary experiences that might be intuitively important. Previously I have had certain experiences and coincidences that in retrospect seemed significant, like dream images that bear wisdom and symbolic meaning. Here are some of the objects that either came into my line of sight or “called out to me” by virtue of their outstanding presence: 1) Several shiny empty cellophane energy gel packs, 2) several cardboard cartons for beer (empty), 3) a squished and obviously smelly multi-colored dead skunk (I’m not kidding, yuck), 4) an empty plastic medicine bottle of Klonopin with the label ripped off like drug addicts do to avoid detection and prosecution, 5) several small vinyl signs promoting a certain slimy lawyer looking overweight city councilmen for re-election. I asked myself what these disparate items and human detritus could mean at this time of my life and this is what I heard my inner voice say back to me, “Your measly human life stinks, but the good news is there are plenty of good drugs and strong alcoholic beverages that would blunt the more negative effects of the stress and strain of your finite and transitory existence. However, if you meet the right kind of people you too could make millions marketing and selling bogus products that pollute the planet with phony promises and non-recyclable debris”. I was pretty shocked to hear this kind of alarming and overt consumer propaganda (and politically incorrect message) coming from my own head until another thought came through loud and clear which was, “Ok, just kidding…this is your inner guide speaking. Just enjoy the fucking walk and get some exercise and a little sunshine…and FYI, stop thinking so much.” Anybody else have a higher power with Seinfeld like delivery?