On a beautiful Saturday morning we car pooled collecting people as we went, each one bringing, a seat to sit on and a mug, some food to share.We packed in the portable barbecue and folding tables, people squeezed in chatty for the adventure at the dairy farm, to have yes coffee among the cows. By now you will have gathered we are mostly city bred.
The morning was crystal bright with the promise of becoming hot. We followed the rising dust trail, created by the cars on the dusty road that winds into the farm, remember our country is in drought.The road rises to give glimpses of shining water held in shrinking dams. Dropping into forest, sunshine high lighting certain trees and falling over the spiky ground ferns, The air-filled with eucalypt and dry earth smells, it’s the stillness of tall standing trees that hold your eye.
And then to approach the farm. Open land and cows all solid and calm. We cross a bridge and stop to see if fish are in the muddy water. Lasy and fat they float just below the surface.Drive in past the dairy, tractors and utilities.
Our hostess directs us up to the bridge. Yes they have organised a generator so we can have our coffee on the half completed bridge.We are having coffee with the cows ,so we can celebrate the first bridge building.Not having ever constructed a bridge before these men are justifiably proud of their effort. Three large trees were placed across the creek, above a 15 foot drop, they were levelled using an adze to slice off a top layer, the tractor then bought in the very heavy cross beams, these were manhandled into place and needed to be screwed down to secure them. In case of flood, yes they have had one that submerged the bridge and ripping out the top planks, the bridge now slopes lower on the upstream side to keep planks in place, if there is another flood.
After all the activity we are able to sit and enjoy the peace of this beautiful farm. Tall trees stung with vines, bell birds calling in the trees and the open space beyond the bridge area. Sky so clear and an intense blue, each blade of grass a clear green,( The dairy farmer must create nutritious grass for the cows to produce quality milk. ) glistening in sunlight.
If you cannot gather for coffee withe cows let your eyes rest on the openness of clear blue sky, perhaps the stars in the evening, or even the grass beneath your feet. Introduce a sense of space into your mind, help it to release the days thoughts.
Meditation is to bring space into an over crowded mind .
The nature of mind is like the sky , clear and bright, open and all-encompassing.
To achieve this you only need to sit .
Where ever you are, among cows, in the coffee shop, at home. My teacher , Shanti Shantiyoga.com always said
“You only need to sit
do not make a great effort
do not struggle,
do not fight ,
let go of every thing as you sit.”