“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ~Albert Einstein
Nesting in a campsite is one of my favorite things to do. Upon arriving at my temporary home on my Mama Retreat, I first pulled out my oil burner and lit a candle under a lovely, relaxing and centering blend of essential oils I created just for this trip. It doesn’t take long for smells to infuse Rosebud–she’s only about 10 feet by 6 feet. As I pulled out the couch and made my bed, my sense of smell was telling my mind that I was THERE. I was present. I fluffed by lightweight down comforter, arranged my pillows, and settled an extra blanket at the foot of the sleeping area. I swept the floor.
Outside I set up my camping chair and little side table facing the woods. I was fortunate the park was only about half full so I had several empty camping spots around me, and a wonderful deep wooded view. A favorite tapestry was spread over the picnic table and I draped my worn and well-loved prayer flags over a post and secured them to the side of the camper. HOME.
I didn’t want to waste any more daylight hours and miss the opportunity to see a little bit of this natural oasis, so I followed the trail leading out of the camping area to explore a bit before dinner.
The crunching of the Earth beneath my feet, the cool breeze through the slightly rustling leaves, my camera and my water bottle in hand. Just me. Just me in the woods.
The trail was marked by little yellow diamonds nailed to trees. This is one of the first ones I saw:
I wasn’t the first one to walk this path and feel happy, to feel alive! Of course I wasn’t! There is a natural peace that enters the body when it’s in nature. I believe that God is everywhere, and when I’m out in nature I feel deeply connected to that powerful source that is within me, and all around me. The way we live our lives these days…driving our cars, televisions on in the background, rushing from one commitment to the next, unconsciously moving from the moment we wake to the moment we crash in exhaustion at the end of the day…we don’t offer ourselves the time to find that place within ourselves.
They say it’s in the in-between moments that God speaks to us. What that means to me is, in our crazy go-go-go lives we fill every in-between moment with something. We’re so focused on productivity, checking everything off our to-do list, being efficient with our time, accomplishing, doing…we forget how important it is to BE. To be still. To be contemplative. To pause and let all the stimulus that we’re exposed to resonate with our souls. This is how we connect to that infinite source within ourselves. It’s not easy, I know! But it’s vital–it’s vital to our wellbeing and to the wellbeing of our planet. It takes me removing myself from my everyday life and my everyday environment to link to that stable, unmoving, grounding force. And now that I’m linked up again, I can pull myself back every day, if even for a few moments, and find myself again.
So on that first evening I broke through the woods and standing on a ledge of smooth stone, I gazed out over the canyon.
Pictures can’t do it justice. The vastness made me feel so physically small, but so much a part of something so much bigger than I could ever imagine.