I was accompanied this morning by crows, geese and low level fog. It was decided that I should leave early this morning while everyone slept. We said our goodbyes over some wine and a few laughs.
My hermitage appears to be the result of some manic decision making but I am assured by those that know me best that I could never be described as manic. Nor could it be said that I have made many rash decisions. No, my leaving home for this extended period, off alone in a secluded cabin, is the natural progression of my journey's path.
Tomorrow will bring forth the first full day of autumn. It is also a new moon. A mixture of Thoreau, Bodidarma and a few Taoist hermits calls me to this. When it is cold and the snow is too deep to allow me to resupply, will I regret this? Sure. Unlike the aforementioned, I do have electricity and internet access. I have my pipe and a load of tobacco. But my true aspiration is to spend time in deep meditation and reflection. To cultivate internal energy. To return to the Tao.
Let's see where we go!!!!
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