“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountain is going home; that wildness is necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.” ~John Muir
When I leave the confines of the city and settle into the simplicity of the life in which I grew up I find my comfort zone. The richness of roots is the freedom of a soaring spirit, inner wings which lead you where you need to be…to be HERE, NOW.
Like the wildflowers scattered throughout the fields. They sprout where the wind blows them. They dig in and hold onto sustenance while shining toward the sun. My substance comes from within and so does yours. Wherever we are, within us is the ability to bloom.
The Butterfly Weed attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and insects with its vibrant blooms and nourishes them with its sweet nectar, not to mention the holistic value and beauty it offers to humans. We do the same for those we come in contact with through our words and deeds. By connecting with others we can spread love, instill confidence, and inspire growth. Now, that is living a good life in the most simplistic of ways.
The shade of the walnut tree on a hot summer day is like a heartfelt hug during a trying time. The fruit of the tree feeds the hungry. We have the ability to comfort and feed others on a deeper level, to be a balm to those around us. For those willing to spend time getting to know themselves, they may find they hold the keys to open the doors they’ve been waiting to enter.
I’ve always called this a blue tailed skink, but technically it’s a common five-lined skink. At any rate, I watched this guy sun himself and dart in and out between boards. He was both curious and cautious. We must never lose our sense of adventure, yet we must exercise our natural instincts to protect ourselves from danger.
When I’m surrounded by the beauty of nature, my soul is at peace. Listening to the chirps and peeps of birdsong and whistles of wind, I am completely at ease. The thing is I have that same power wherever I am. I carry my peace within. We all do. We are free to be. Tap into your source, and enjoy the feeling of contentment wherever and whenever.
I only see American goldfinch during the warmer seasons. It seems they have faith protection and provision will be provided during their travels. If only we each had the same faith to pursue what we feel called to do…how many of us hold back in fear, fear of danger, fear of our needs not being met, fear of the unknown? This gives a new meaning to walk (or fly!) blindly with faith. In other words, don’t be afraid to take a chance. I’m getting better at stepping out of my comfort zone. How about you?
This single Queen Anne’s Lace stretches toward the sky. What does it say to me? It’s important to spend time alone, but equally essential to connect with others. Never be afraid to reach out, to expand. Life is intricate, beautiful, and unique to each of us. And sometimes, when you look at the underside of everyday situations it is where you find the real beauty of life.
The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. ~Robert Louis Stevenson