Tag: wilderness

JOY in the unfettered canticle of trees . . .

JOY in the unfettered canticle of trees . . .

Joy, nature/wilderness
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity” John Muir, Our National Parks Still for a moment the church bells pealing the ancient canonical hours. Still the lyric call of the muezzin. Silence the Shacharit, the Mincha, the Arvit. Stay the wheels and the flying flags. Let nature's prayer alone reverberate in the unfettered canticle of trees. "A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease." John Muir (1838-1914), Scottish-American naturalist, environmental activist, and author

soul, as incorruptible as stone

poem
there are transitional moments, spaces filled with wildfire and earthquake and avalanche, yet wilderness speaks more of the sun pouring his heart out in dapples and of the paced stew of the ever-changing seasons, the promise of rough footpaths alongside the lives of trees and lonely lakes that mirror endless sky-play and always those smart birds hitching free rides on thermal columns how cherish-able is the insouciance of the wild, how prized for its medicinal value, for its stringy-barked eucalyptus and curly moss, the breathe of its purity in the tossing up and carving out of shapely mountains and palisades, high-principled stone obelisks rising from frothing seas and from the evergreen stillness of the land, the wilderness ~ so reverent in their prayers, their songs
Into the Fault Zone

Into the Fault Zone

spiritual practice, Spirituality
Throughout religious history, wilderness has been associated with sacred space. Mt. Zion, Mt. Tabor, Mt. Olympus, the wilderness outside Jerusalem, Heart Butte, Sacred Bear Butte, and the list goes on. Sacred places which attract people questing for beauty and for a glimpse into something beyond us. Jesus, in particular, has a significant experience in the wilderness as he confronts temptation and moves past it, to be transformed by his experience.All over the world, people religious live in the wilderness--the Celtic "thin places." Places where the realm between what is and what could be seem unified in a spiritual wild-zone. Thin places offer the potential for transformation. I'd like to invite you to travel into the wilderness of "The Earthquake Trail" with me and Colin (my son).The Ear...