Day 28 – campfire meditation

It would be hard for anyone to look into the depths of a fire and not meditate. I have waited all day for our campfire just to meditate. I don’t even need to tell the people around me; they are all entranced by the beautiful flames licking the wood and cold night air. In the darkness we see a field mouse dash across the fire circle. We shine the torch on him, which sends him into a flurry of confusion. He suddenly runs into the fire and then promptly bounces straight back out of it. We crowd around him to make sure he is ok and then watch him scurry into the night. What makes any of us run directly into the hottest part of the flame? Fear. But watching the fire, I feel no fear. Just awe and respect at its beauty and power. I don’t even need to write more.

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