The Heart of the Matter
August 21, 2012
In Praise of Monhegan Island

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There are places on Earth that remind me of what the cosmically-inclined among us refer to as the astral plane, the realm where some people go after their time here is up to contemplate the life they lived.

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In this place of gladness, when people pass each other on the unpaved path to whatever is next, they smile. Few words are exchanged, and when they are, they are already understood before anyone speaks.

There is instant recognition here, an equipoise, a pause, a sharing of presence beneath the blue sky.

Having finished what they came here to do, space opens up... and time... and hearts. Each person becomes harbor for the other, a field to go dancing in.

This realm, this unexpected manger between worlds, is an island of joy. There is no rushing here, no sudden moves, no unnecessary thoughts.

Here, each step is an arrival. Here, one breath is taken at a time. Here, you never want to leave.

You can find places like this on the Earth, cool ocean breezes, sea birds gliding, spruce trees, pines, a woman, in her garden, laughing, filling a basket with summer's first yield.

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More about the island

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Photos: Evelyne Pouget

Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at August 21, 2012 01:56 AM


i am so blissed you got a chance to visit monhegan. the photo of paul and catharine waving good bye at the dock is precious. so is the photo of kathie collecting her zucchini for the tuesday farmers market! it is truly a space out of time

Posted by: joan Apter [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 21, 2012 12:33 PM

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