Monday, June 21

Awake to Seeing the World Differently

The great thing about photography is the different ways you can see the world. I was recently hiking through a forested area and noticed a downed pine tree. Now pine trees in the Pacific Northwest are very, very tall! In my standing up vision, a downed tree looks like a natural part of the forest. What does it look like if I crouch down? A never ending path.

What have you awakened to this week? Where are you seeing things differently?

This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. ~Jeremiah 6:16a

“You enter the forest at the darkest point,where there is no path. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else's path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else's way, you are not going to realize your potential.” ~Joseph CampbellThe Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life & Work

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.~Psalm 16:11

"You cannot travel the path until you become the path itself."~Buddha

Downed Tree or True Path by Terri Stewart
Downed Tree or True Path
by Terri Stewart

Essay and photo by Terri Stewart


  • I’m glad you kept a “log” of this experience … 😎 …

    Seriously … one of my favorite places on the planet is just inside Mt. Rainier Natl Park: the Grove of the Patriarchs. (It was probably named that when gender equality wasn’t on anyone’s radar screen.) I like to walk through there in high summer, when the heat of the sun brings out the aroma of wood & trees. Even at high noon, it’s deep twilight & quiet-quiet-quiet. It’s a natural cathedral.

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