Stepping Into Nature

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” ~Martin Buber

Dirt Man and I often hit the road on the weekends. We are usually headed an hour or so from home to a state park to hike or maybe to the mountains to get away. We usually know where we are going, but we have no idea what we’ll see along our way or while we are there. Often the beauty is overwhelming, a pure delight to all senses. We literally take in a deep breath and pause to absorb the moment.

Listening to a mountain stream whistle through the rocks and feeling the cool sensation awakens the soul. It opens you to everything else around you: Suddenly the sun appears much brighter. You notice the shades of green and veins of tree leaves. The drum of the woodpecker sounds vaguely familiar. You breather deeper and taste hints of flora and spice in the air. You smell the earth of the water. Everything is ALIVE. -YOU.ARE.ALIVE!

“When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.” ~D.H. Lawrence

Standing on top of a mountain with the wind tangling your hair releases a surge of adrenaline. You can feel the power all around you. There is no mistaking there is something much greater in charge of us, and at the same time you feel as one with all that surrounds you.

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” ~ Henry Miller

Sometimes we can have our feet in the sand and eyes on the sky and feel as if we’re at the point where elements meet. We feel a distinct connection to the land but also to what we can’t touch. Time stands still We are supposed to be right there at that exact moment…and then we breathe again. We look at the sand where one would think vegetation could not possibly thrive, yet we see life clinging and prospering…and we know there is hope for everything else.

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” ~Miriam Beard

We experience change in the making though we are often unaware it’s taking place. The wind whipping through the pines or water flowing through the banks are weathering all within it‘s path. Even the ground does not remain untouched, soil shifts, grasses bend. Earth reshapes a little a time.

″A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” ~Moslih Eddin Saadi

We are captivated by sunsets. Azure sky, linen clouds, and a dropping ball of fire intermixing and creating lilac, lemon, and tangerine streaks…WOW! While witnessing the miracle of celestial color, nothing else matters.

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” ~Jawaharial Nehru

36 thoughts on “Stepping Into Nature

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  2. “When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.”

    I LOVE that, Suzi!

    And LOVE this post! You always share something I need to be reminded of, so THANK you my friend!

    Gorgeous…and mean GORGEOUS photos! That last one made me think….”How can anyone not believe in a Higher Power?”

    Have a wonderful weekend….X

    • thank you, and my thoughts exactly when I look out into the beauty that surrounds me. Have a wonderful weekend! BTW, off to meet Peg for Relay and she’ll have some white trash for me! -aren’t you jealous?!

  3. How DID D.H. Lawrence know my personality has squirrels?!?! I’m fairly sure he was talking about my easy-to-distract self! And I agree with you, getting into nature is the best way to be our best selves.

  4. Loved these photos. I often find myself taking great pleasure in watching the clouds form, admiring the beautiful colours in the sky, and always takiing pleasure in a glorious sunset. It is all there for us to enjoy. No strings attached. What could be simplier?

    Another beatiful post!

  5. “There is no mistaking there is something much greater in charge of us, and at the same time you feel as one with all that surrounds you.” I feel that way out in nature, too.
    It is graduation time and so many of the feelings and thoughts you expressed in this piece are things I wish I could give to my students as a graduation gift. A direction, a life path is there for them, if they are just open enough to see it … and silent enough to hear it.
    I find it sad that our youth have an extremely hard time dealing with silence (and some adults, too) .. our world has become so loud and busy … many of us miss out on the thoughts you are sharing in this post.

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