The Zen of the Harlequin
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
The Harlequin Duck is distinctive not only because of its striking markings, but also because it is at home in frigid, fast-moving, even turbulent, waters avoided by other waterfowl. This resting Harlequin, with river rapids crashing down all around it, seems to embody the wisdom of Zen and other contemplative traditions: that peace is to be found within us, not in the external circumstances of our lives, and that we can be at peace right where we are, right now, no matter where we are. When life is crashing all around, contemplate the calm and stillness of the Harlequin Duck.
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