This morning I chose to explore a nearby hiking area rather than my normal neighborhood walk. I also left the headphones at home. So often I walk to the beat of the music tuning out the noises around me.
I need to come here more often. This is a beautiful secluded area open to the public, dedicated to peace, quite and mediation. The small chapel invites folks of all faiths to seek God and serenity.
Here I can see what I can’t see on my neighborhood or walking path. More importantly I hear.
I love the sounds of the birds. They are all over, and distinctive. I believe I even heard some deer. I heard what I thought were birds rushing away, but when I saw the movement, it was on land. A deer or a goat? Try as I might, I could not see them clear enough to determine or to photograph.
The most fascinating sound I heard was the wind through the rocks! I thought it was water, which was impossible. When I walked closer, I determined it was the wind. What an awesome sound!
Always on the lookout for a photo opportunity, I discovered the smallest of flowers, insects, and multiple caterpillar type creatures. With the blue and the green, the colors of the sky and landscape pop.
The small chapel in the midst of nature was most beautiful, calming, and brought a sense of peace.
My soul was fed, my senses energized, and my mind and body got a boost to start my day. Time flew by when I realized I had been there an hour and a half. The exercise was invigorating and God’s peace filled me.
I all too often get the my exercise in a man made environment. God’s environment is highly underrated. I got an exceptional workout for my mind, body and soul.
Cactus wren: (I love their desert call)
I don’t know what this is, but they were all over:
Rocks, you must image the sound of the wind filtering though 🙂
Where birds make their home:
Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.
Sarah Ban Breathnach