Eric Alan

Growth Points

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Growth Points

by Eric Alan
June 4, 2017

Every spring, the leaves on the deciduous trees in my home forest open with a rapidity that remains a source of wonder for me. The oaks in particular open their leaves seemingly so suddenly that in my mind each tree mimics the sound of an opening umbrella&m... Read more

One Place, a Thousand Times

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One Place, a Thousand Times

by Eric Alan
April 30, 2017

There is a celebrated magic to travel. It’s an opening to the vast wonders of the unimaginable; and endless adventure that wouldn’t be complete in a thousand lifetimes. It’s a beautiful opening to all the aliveness of possibility. I celebr... Read more

The Path of Most Persistence

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The Path of Most Persistence

by Eric Alan
April 2, 2017

I celebrate that following an artistic path makes me grow and feel and question. So often along the way, I’m tasked to learn enough to absorb something new and then write, photograph or speak about it—and that process of discovery is the time I&... Read more

Wise Animal Eyes

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Wise Animal Eyes

by Eric Alan
March 5, 2017

I’m grateful for the perspectives of animals. I particularly appreciate their views of the world when human perspective (especially my own) is limited or lacking. So often I have a sense that I’m missing something, until I see again through an a... Read more

Valentine for Mom

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Valentine for Mom

by Eric Alan
February 5, 2017

With February comes Valentine’s Day, giving a scripted moment to think of the ones we love or miss. A meadow of complex emotions blooms, around that scheduled day of love. Beyond the calendar’s confines, in truth, every day of every season is th... Read more

Release, Receive, Renew

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Release, Receive, Renew

by Eric Alan
January 8, 2017

The year begins with flurries of snow and feelings. Both swirl around me with brilliance, wonder and chill. I celebrate their hard beauty even as their colder edge reaches my bones. The impending year is yet opaque, impervious to the influence of prediction... Read more

Enough

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Enough

by Eric Alan
December 11, 2016

I’ve seen a lifetime of cartoon variations on the theme of seeking wisdom from a mountaintop guru. I’ve spent the same lifetime seeking wisdom from the mountains themselves, and never once have I found a guru there. This summer in Montana, thoug... Read more

Gratitude as a Refuge

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Gratitude as a Refuge

by Eric Alan
November 12, 2016

Wild times in the world—on that, I believe we can all agree. More wild times are surely to come.  Gratitude is a refuge in even the wildest times, though. It’s not a refuge of escape, either. Gratitude is a way of engaging with the t... Read more

No Losers

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No Losers

by Eric Alan
October 16, 2016

The beauty and grace of baseball have been a refuge for me since childhood. For a devoted fan like me, October playoff baseball is the compelling coda to a long season of intrigue. It’s also a time of anxiety, for anyone with attachment to the fortune... Read more

Natural Meditation

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Natural Meditation

by Eric Alan
September 18, 2016

I celebrate the openness and inner peace that comes from meditation, and feel a deep yearning to experience it more fully. Like many people, however, I find that traditional meditation is something to which I feel resistance without the supporting structure... Read more