Is Enough… Enough? ~ Emily Casey

Via on May 28, 2011

Today at the first day of my Telluride Mountain Film Festival experience, I engaged with Eel/Water/Rock/Man. This short seven minute film made by Hal Clifford and Jackson Houston looks at the rich yet simple life of a Delaware River eel farmer named Ray.

The concept of enough.

Ray is a bearded 62 year old man who is living the life he knows to be true. He tells film makers the concept of “enough” is one people have trouble grasping, especially with the “American dream” of being a joyous self made millionaire. This idea creates an illusion that so many of us fall into. There is a sense that we can always do better, join on more cause, or go on one more extreme adventure. But what do we really need to feel satisfied?

Let us become more aware of our spiritual needs and be able to notice when they are fulfilled. Noting the continuous flowing greed that often defines America Ray entreats us to take a step back and attempt to find clarity in the way we live. The film’s crisp and vibrant images convey the ease and balance in one man’s passion.

For me this film prompted the thought:

How do you cultivate a true sense of contentment?

Inspired by Ray this is what I came up with:

1. Live life in accordance with cycles of the natural world.

Within the past year I’ve began developing a new internal sense of the world by bringing my awareness to the cycles of the moon. Noticing the effects of Earth’s giant partner in crime allows me to more intuitively understand the ebbs and flow of my emotions and those of the world. For Ray his life is dependent on the rains, winds, and seasons of the river.

2. Meditate. Just do it.

(As the street artist in Telluride like to stencil)

3. Give Thanks.

This simple act fundamentally grounds us. Every event here at Mountain Film the speakers, and film makers consciously aim to extend their gratitude to those who inspired and contributed to their creative process.

How do you find serenity in the living chaos?

Please share your personal tips/tricks with the elephant community!


Emily is passionate about creative expression, hugs, breathing, traveling, and experiencing the natural world. She plays, sings, and dances in the magical mountains of Boulder, Colorado.  Follow her on Twitter.


About Alex Myles

Alex Myles is qualified as a Yoga teacher, Reiki Master, Teacher of Tibetan Meditation, Dragon Magic and a Spiritual coach to name just a few. Alex has no intention to teach others on a formal basis for many years to come, instead, she is collecting qualifications along with life’s lessons. One day, when the time is right, Alex will set up a quaint studio, in a quirky crooked building where she will breathe and appreciate the slowness of those days as life is just way too busy right now! Reading and writing has always been one of Alex’s passions. Alex likes to consider herself as a free spirit rather than a commitment-phobe. Trying to live as aligned to a Buddhist lifestyle as is possible in this day and age, she just does not believe in "owning" anything or anyone. Based on the theory that we ‘cannot lose someone that was not ours to lose’ she flails through life finding joy and magic in the most unexpected places. Mother to a 21 year old daughter and three adorable pups, she appreciates that some of the best moments in life are the 6am forest walks watching the dogs run, play and interact with one another and with nature. Connect with her on Facebook and check out her blog, Love and Madness. 


Leave a Reply