What you See

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“When we dare to see with the eyes of the soul, we begin to see sharper images, things seem closer to us, our intuitive powers grow. We develop an ability to grasp and understand the unseen or non-rational elements of the world. To see with the soul is to see with our whole self. This is an intentional, personal engagement, an act of spiritual intimacy, the most profound interaction with the world that most of us have ever known.” ~Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, Gardening the Soul

A quiet path

“Wind in the trees, thunder, flowing water, falling leaves, rain, animal voices, birdsong – we live amid a teeming polyphony of natural sounds.

Add to these the sounds of human activity, from soft footsteps to pneumatic drills, from muted conversation to pounding trains, from jetting fountains to jet planes.

Then, we have the articulate, measured, imagined sounds of art – all the many kinds of music, which so specifically and directly convey the spirit of a people.

Our world is permeated with sounds, some calming the heart and mind, some keeping us frenetic and on edge.”

Written by Thomas Moore, from his book “The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life”

Quiet is something I need like oxygen. It’s why I camp. I have to get away from the sounds of the city, of the suburbs. Out of earshot of the squealing tires and noisy buses, the wailing sirens and garbage trucks, the roaring broken mufflers and low-frequency stereos at top volume, rattling my windows. These frenetic urban noises are why I need to go hiking and camping on a regular basis. I need to get away to a calming forest path.

Ahh. . . peace and quiet.

At the campground the most persistent sounds beyond the chickadees are the scolding chirps of squirrels and raspy caws of ravens. Crunching gravel beneath my feet as I follow a path to the creek. Water splashes over the rocks. Flames crackle softly in the fire pit. Breezes sing through the tall trees. These are sounds that refresh me deeply, and bring me back to life. This is why I camp. A retreat under the silent stars, immersing myself in the sounds of nature. Time spent amidst nature’s natural noises helps me hear happier thoughts. I wish for you a soothing walk on a quiet path. Namaste.
 © Gina 2017 Professions For Peace. [Pinterest images]


“Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.” ~Albert Camus

“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.” ~Maya Angelou

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ~Mahatma Gandhi