Enlarging Our Sense of Things


Grey sky. Cold. Almost naked trees. Soft blowing wind. There is a deepening and enlarging sense of things to all of these. And I see vulnerability as it punctures the meaning of life and continuously defines who we are in the grand scheme of things. It raises the platform of consciousness as I see a squirrel on my neighbour’s fence figuring out what to do. And as I feel the  embrace of the cold breeze and the squirrel slowly disappearing from my sight, I realize that vulnerability requires surrender and surrender is a spiritual practice that brings us to a deeper engagement with life and its unending dynamism. Some leaves slowly depart from the trees. Soon the snow will come to replace those leaves.

About Virgilio Gavia

Interests: poetry, photography, writing (prose and poetry), walking/hiking, reading (non-fiction and books of poetry) drinking coffee and herbal teas, camping, fishing, contemplating, solitude, silence, traveling, faded jeans, meaningful conversation, wabi-sabi, haiku, tanka, Jazz, Classical, oldies, all the books of Thomas Merton, Joseph Campbell, Thomas Moore, John O'Donohue, Mary Oliver, David Whyte, Mark Strand, ancient Chinese and Japanese poets, The Bible, spirituality, philosophy, psychology, sociology, history, humanities and the arts.
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5 Responses to Enlarging Our Sense of Things

  1. “Vulnerability and Surrender”.
    It is the start of the day and your writing has worked.
    It’s grey here too. There are moments of illumination. The sun lights up this or that. Dare I hold onto this or that, knowing I may fall into the unknown.

  2. Val Boyko says:

    Words that touch the soul of the emerging winter. Thank you Virgilio.

  3. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Beautiful, Virgilio. “vulnerability requires surrender and surrender is a spiritual practice that brings us to a deeper engagement with life.” Love it!

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