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’ve been doing a lot of stumbling lately.
I really like that word. Its main definition is about walking in an unsteady manner, being clumsy, to almost fall, or to make an error. Blunder. But I like the other definition, that of unexpectantly coming upon something – like truth.
Now that’s no error. That’s magic.
Continue reading Call of the Wild*
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 🙂
“I guess it comes down to a simple choice really, get busy living or get busy dying.”
– Andy talking with Red in The Shawshank Redemption.
I’ve always loved this quote. It seems simple enough, but there’s a lot to it. Some people say we are in the process of dying from the moment we are born. That’s an organic process. Can’t change it. Can’t stop it. But we can change what we’re doing when we’re alive. While we’re still breathing.
Continue reading Busy Living
I, like a lot of friends I know, have become a little quieter in cyberspace these days. Why? Because of the lack of civility in human discourse out there. Of course, there is nothing surprising by that statement. Anybody out there in cyberland has witnessed, or may have been a party to, a discussion that has turned drastically evil.
The evilest one I can remember was where one very confused gentleman, I use that word “gentleman” very loosely, responded to a very factual statement of mine by saying he had my ISP address and was on his way to my house to: “. . . rape your mother and kill your whole family.” Nice guy. Apparently, intelligence, in any measurable form, was lacking in this individual.
And such responses tend to scare people off from wanting to engage any further. Which may have been this person’s objective. No intelligent response, so they had to threaten me with violence.
Continue reading Forget Civility, How About Just Having an Adult Conversation?
I’ve been seeing a lot of articles and postings on the Net lately about Millennials. And a lot of it is very derogatory and carries an overall tone of blame. Blame for what? Apparently, there is a blame game now where if it looks like you’ll be delayed in reaching some of society’s dictated milestones, such as marriage, children, and owning a home, then you are defective.
In fact, people falling in this category are more than just defective. They are downright utter failures. And those in this generation acquiring a higher education are also called fools for racking up student loan debt.
Of course, if you visit the pages like LinkedIn, the general tone is that if you’re having difficulty achieving the American Dream, regardless of who you are but especially if you’re a Millennial, it’s because you are incompetent and lazy and simply haven’t learned to pull yourself up by your bootstraps. It’s also assumed that you do not know how to prioritize your purchasing power and always spend beyond your means.
If you were only like the commentator who walked 20 miles to school each day, uphill, both ways, and forwent buying so much as a candy bar until they could afford to buy a falling apart car with the money they earned mowing lawns and doing other odd jobs until they became a self-made . . . blah, blah, blah . . . judgmental bigot?
I find such types of gross over-generalizations to be pretty ignorant.
Continue reading Dragon !
Those of you who follow my blog know I’m constantly remarking about how powerful and fun words are. I love words. And if you can tell a story and manage to raise the image you’re trying to paint in another person’s mind, well, that’s when storytelling becomes art.
I love it when words can be used in alternative tenses. Past, present, and future. But they can also be used in multiple fashions. As a noun, adjective, and verb. All three.
But have you ever seen a proper noun be used with such multiplicity?
Continue reading What’s in a Name?
It seems like the subject of divorce has hit that state of synchronicity. I am seeing all sorts of articles popping up on the subject, and I had just written one myself. Well, a writing friend of mine recently had an article published about not wanting to have her divorce characterized in some “Stupid, Jerkface Language.”
And I couldn’t agree more.
Continue reading Flame-out
“Reality” is a word I find troubling. For one, it implies that we have a basic and comprehensive understanding of some situation or event or location or person. But generally speaking, we don’t.
We have limited perceptions. They are limited by our senses and by our interpretation of events based upon our past experience.
That word “reality” also seems to carry with it the concepts of being finite and permanent. When in “reality” nothing could be finite or permanent. Everything, and everyone, is in a state of constant flux. Change. Ever morphing into the next transition.
Continue reading Nesting
I dislike beginning another blog with a chant about being absent for a while, but there it is. I’ve not been here. I’ve been elsewhere.
But where is “elsewhere?”
I kind of like that word. In fact, if I ever incorporated a township, that’s what I’d name it – Elsewhere. And everyone would be invited to go there and take a mental vacation. And better yet, while you were there you could conjure up any type of reality you desired. The only limits would be the boundaries of your imagination.
Actually, I think we are all in Elsewhere every day.
Continue reading Elsewhere
Well the old brain is clicking along today. Somewhat dazed, but the ramblings in my head don’t go away – except maybe when I meditate.
It’s funny we go through life trying to find meaning, to discover an identity for ourselves, and yet try as we might, we, as beings, are kind of hard to define. And if we can’t even define ourselves, then how can we elucidate a purpose for this existence.
As I was listening to a song this morning the lyrics kind of hit home when I heard, “I don’t even need a name anymore, when no one calls it out, it kind of vanishes away.”
Continue reading Brain Games
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 🙂
Photo: Most people who have visited Glacier National Park in Montana have probably captured this very photo as you are coming in from the east entrance to the park along the Going To The Sun Road. The tiny island is Wild Goose Island sitting in the middle of St. Mary Lake.
The mountain peaks on the south side of the lake (left in photo) include Red Eagle Mountain, Mahtotopa Mountain, Little Chief Mountain, Dusty Star Mountain and Citadel Mountain. Gunsight Mountain and Fusillade Mountain are at the far end of the lake. And on the north side, (to the right) not really captured in the photo are Goat Mountain and Going-to-The-Sun Mountain.
Not much further down this road was where I had my first encounter with Grizzly Bears. A pair strolling along up on one of the mountain slopes. It was an amazing sight to behold. A gift.
I chose this pick for the quote, because it’s when we overcome our doubts and fears that we will experience the greatest adventures, encounter the greatest beauty, replace our ignorance with knowledge, and have our ego put in its place, having seen what a tiny speck we are in such an infinite Universe.