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Slate Stake

Location: Tilberthwaite, Cumbria

Date: 24th September 2009
Time: 10am - 2pm


I walk up the open valley in the sun that comes and goes as clouds travel across the sky.

A clear, wide and shallow river runs over the slate bed in the gully before me.

At a point where the bed widens and turns, I begin to build a vertical slate stack.

Slate sits on slate;

I make fine adjustments to find the point of balance for each piece.

And it is like this on my own journey -

The smallest inner shift in the psyche can bring about an opening,

A sense of expansion,

A poise,

An inner freedom,

Where previously there was some knot or block

That prevented the emergence

Of a new balance.