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Apr 6, 2023

"This dragonfly came up to me. He was hovering right in front of my face, and I was really examining him, thinking, How does he see me? I became enlightened." --Ziggy Marley

The Dragonfly Incident

"I suppose this could be considered a 'wildlife encounter' story of sorts, though it presents some unusual twists. For one thing, the animal at the heart of this tale is a subarctic insect (and yet has nothing to do with the region's legendary mosquitoes). For another, odd things happen that aren't easily explained by either reason or chance. There are other curious turns, as well...The story begins with a man sitting on the front steps of a lakeside cabin, feeling contented and thankful to be part of such a beautiful, softly shimmering summer day. He'd brought a mug of coffee out to the porch, plus binoculars and a journal in which he planned to record some dreams. In between sips of his morning coffee, he noticed splashing on the otherwise calm lake surface, not far offshore. Actually it wasn't so much a splashing as a trembling, those shudders creating tiny ripples that spread outward a short distance, until disappearing into the stillness of the water." So begins this captivating piece by nature writer Bill Sherwonit. A real-life story studded with multiple dragonflies, many quiet miracles, and something more...something that drops us into the heart of being-ness.


Take a few moments out of your day to really look at the world around you. Let your gaze rest on something, or someone. A leaf, a blade of grass, a bug or a bowl -- let it into your awareness as fully as you can.