Author Archives: Jamie Nicol

About Jamie Nicol

Living in the forested hills of Catalonia, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Zen teacher, recovering philosopher, small-scale natural farmer. Writing just what comes.

No. 7 The End of Seedzen

Every end is just another beginning, all beginnings presage their end. And so the world goes. Telling other stories, those that are lithe and light and can adequately respond to the world today, this must now be the work. I … Continue reading

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10,000 Things

Small, now A child of hope Innocent of consequences. There is no change It all changes This moment again. The fall of light The drift of thought Following in the wake. It was then In knowing you I was first … Continue reading

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Problems and Answers

The climate crisis is already here – but no one’s telling us http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/03/climate-crisis-media-relegates-greatest-challenge-hurtle-us-collapse-planet?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress I have admired George Monbiot’s clarity of vision for many years. The above article expresses well this clarity, seeing destruction as destruction. Having once been a young … Continue reading

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What is this?

This little guy arrived the other day, during the spell of hot weather, landed at my feet while I had the phone in my hand and let me take this close-up photo of him. I don’t have a clue as … Continue reading

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RCR – Taking Stock

Pausing to take stock of a new situation, project or opportunity, to consider the pros and cons, weigh up the good and the bad, are important and common sensical strategies in our pragmatic culture. Curiously, however, studies have shown greater … Continue reading

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Forest Thoughts

After the rain Mist rising Forest thoughts. This is the story of the forested hills of La Garrotxa and what they say to the world. These hills have been worked for centuries. Even here, on the high ridges, low terracing … Continue reading

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This and That

This expression That experience Where do the two meet? Don’t say the One. But the danger is For the one saying it For the other understanding it Thinking comprehension. Settled here now In the lee of the summit Sliding down … Continue reading

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Terraces

Wild clematis Scent Spring fresh This spent high Summer. Aching down Weight of sun Shallow breath. Coming here Sometimes Many times before. Grass lit meadow Forest edge Aflame with shadow. Yes, coming here For want And wintry days. For far … Continue reading

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First Sun to Last

New sun Condenses mist From first light. Silvered now It glitters Down valley deep. Soft stirring Wind wakes The air to dance. Rising tide Brims the ridge Flows through trees. This skin sense Morning touch Wonder feels. How heavy Liquid … Continue reading

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Natives Versus Aliens

I am working on a large-scale Seedballing project (of which more at another time – however if you happen to have a barren valley, particularly if it is of a single watershed and would like it to be reforested by … Continue reading

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