Photo: A Bluebell somewhere in Wyoming.
Photo: A Bluebell somewhere in Wyoming.
I have to admit, I stole this quote from Victoria Ray. She included in one of her posts recently, but I absolutely loved the words. And I played and played on the photo editor to try to get them to stand out on the background pic, so here is the quote in case you’re having a hard time reading it:
“Because when I read, I don’t really read… I pop a beautiful sentence into my mouth and suck it like a fruit drop, or I sip it like a liqueur until the thought dissolves in me like alcohol, infusing brain and heart and coursing on through the veins to the root of each blood vessel.” Bohumil Hrabal
The lilies, by the way, were growing wild along the trail – an astonishing lush forest in an arid, high desert climate. Amazing !
I guess I was a little stubborn about my choice in pictures for this post as I could have picked another to contrast the text better, but I loved the symbolism here – beautiful lush flowers, lush forest, in the high desert – not what one expects to find. But there are so many wonderful surprises in this life. Not being predictable makes life so much more interesting, wouldn’t you say?
Do you prefer yellow or red 🙂
Photo: From my recent journey to the West Coast.
I have been told that mobile users are unable to see the “Feature Pic” when it is added on a desktop or laptop, so I’m including it in the text as well in hopes that mobile readers will be able to view it. WordPress does have its glitches.
Photo: Part of the Yellowstone River as it winds its way through Hayden Valley.
Living the in the mundane is definitely a death sentence.
Photo: Hiking in the mountains in the borderlands.
Yesterday, my post was about the need to get back out into Nature to promote both our physical and mental health. What constituted the path to true happiness. The outward journey to inner healing.
So I felt the need to balance that today with this quote about the inward journey. This is the toughest journey of all. And it’s something we often try to avoid. It can be a scary trek, but it’s also the most rewarding. Making contact with our spiritual selves. Without all of the distractions from the external world.
The quote is spot on. Sometimes people lose themselves. They become automatons. Traversing the same trails every day. Speaking in clichés. Allowing platitudes to fill the mind. Avoiding self-examination.
A little time spent in quiet meditation every day is a step to getting back in touch with our real selves. Unplug from the technological world. Disconnect from the external illusion and find your authentic soul.
Photo: I chose this pic because this isolated cabin in the Ozark mountains is a good analogy to our inner selves. Yes, in the material world it’s an external physical structure, but it can symbolically serve to represent our inner consciousness. Our soul. Our particle of awareness. Our gift from the Source.
It is surrounded by a vast external world of distraction and illusion where we often flee.
Come home and relax for a spell. Sit by the fireplace. Reconnect with your spiritual self. Expand your consciousness.
I actually stayed in this little cabin a few years back. It was a great place to get back to Nature. Away from the frenetic pace of modernity. And away from our self-generated hubris. Not only a place to heal in the outdoors, but a place to make that inward journey in peace and solitude.
I like this quote because it truly cuts to the heart of it. We can not find happiness in the external world, or through ownership of material possessions. True happiness is an internal state of mind and the mind can’t find its way there if it is living in the past, or focused on the future, or by thinking that something or someone else outside ourselves will somehow deliver it to us. In a pretty package with a bow on top.
It can only be found in the moment with love and through grace in actually living.
I must say for me, travel, being in motion, taking in the real world around me with all of my senses, helps me to live in that moment of spiritual experience. Just like the moment of this sunset 🙂
Photo: A beautiful image from my wanderings in the Southwest. It might seem odd that I chose this pic for Emerson’s quote. After all, this horizon seems confined once your eyes meet the mountains. But actually, the horizon goes on. You know there is more behind the mountains, and the clouds add that depth as they gracefully stretch into the infinite.
There are many illusions and distortions in our lives. Those mountains in the foreground look close, but they are really quite distant. You discover this as you hike towards them as they seem to forever retreat from your advance. And once you reach this apparent obstruction, this natural barricade, you can see that the desert plane boundlessly unfolds in every direction. You can get lost out here. Lost physically and mentally as the vastness unbinds you and swallows up your soul.
Photo: Jenny Lake at Grand Teton National Park. The Shoshones called this mountain range “Teewinot” – the many pinnacles.”
Every angle, every nuance of light and shadow, every frame in the mind’s eye – different worlds. From the grains of sand on the shoreline, the wooded tails, the mountain peaks – all Universes within themselves.
As you look in the distance, the scene is not only majestic, it is infinite. There are no borders, there is no time.
In fact, these are very young mountains in terms of geological time 🙂