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Leader - John

2012-09-08 Coomera CircuitThe six of us had a perfect day for the walk, and everyone seemed happy, except perhaps the stand-in leader, whose pedometer registered 14 km for a supposedly 17 km circuit!

Wild life sightings included a Lyrebird and a tiny blue yabby.

Coffee and cakes at the end were, by kind invitation, at Michele and Gary’s farm.

 

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As the original leader Colin had suggested, we walked in the unusual clockwise direction, and here are some observations about it.

  • Getting the too-familiar border track out of the way quickly at the beginning seemed an advantage.
  • Spending rather less time facing the waterfalls may be a small disadvantage.
  • You meet about everyone else doing the circuit that day.

John

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Why does attentiveness to nature matter? In a very fundamental sense, we are what we pay attention to. Paying heed to beauty, grace, and everyday miracles promotes a sense of possibility and coherence that runs deeper and truer than the often illusory commercial, social "realities" advanced by mainstream contemporary culture. ... Our attention is precious, and what we choose to focus it on has enormous consequences. What we choose to look at, and to listen to--these choices change the world. As Thich Nhat Hanh has pointed out, we become the bad television programs that we watch. A society that expends its energies tracking the latest doings of the celebrity couple is fundamentally distinct from one that watches for the first arriving spring migrant birds, or takes a weekend to check out insects in a mountain stream, or looks inside flowers to admire the marvelous ingenuities involved in pollination. The former tends to drag culture down to its lowest commonalities; the latter can lift us up in a sense of unity with all life. The Way of Natural History, edited by Thomas Lowe Fleischner and published by Trinity University Press (Texas)