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Wendy Johnson, a Buddhist meditation teacher and gardener, said that “the great learning and knowing also has to take a rest.  Not knowing is most intimate.”

Today, I let my mind relax.  Words don’t need to come easily when breath is cleansing the body.

Today, I slow down.  I find comfort in the new feet of snow, the beauty of peeling birch bark, and the brightness of a winter beech leaf.

Today I exhale, and rest in the quiet intimacy that arrives when I stop trying.