Change Isn’t Easy and Healing is Hard Work — Part I

Profound writing, feel free to share with others. And, don’t forget to read part ll.

MUSINGS from MARY

November 24, 2016

INVITATION TO THE JOURNEY OF CHANGE

I have lain here in the dark before dawn morning after morning. I awaken in these early hours with a weight in the trunk of my body–as though someone had opened me up and filled me with stones while I slept. It takes me some time to breathe through the panic, to move through this murky mud of despair. I focus on the threads of light woven through this dark. I bring to mind the goodness spreading through the world–the heroic actions of so many people determined to act with compassion in a world filling up with hate and fear. I bring to mind the beauty of the Earth where I live. I offer gratitude for the many blessings, the privileges and the comfort that I experience everyday: I wake up in a warm and comfortable home; I have healthy food…

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Bright Skies, Troubled Waters

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A textured abstraction, open to interpretation.

Canon 5D Mk ll, ISO 50, 50mm, f/1.8, 1/20th sec, Silver Efex Pro 2

To The Horizon, #2

Another point of view for seeing all the way to the horizon.  This is the view from Mt. Shasta, looking west/southwest, in northern California.  I love the hazy mist that fills the lower elevations, it adds a bit of mystery to the shot.  For me, it instills a feeling that I should put on my hiking shoes and start walking, to see if I can reach the horizon, and knowing that if I walk far enough, I’ll arrive at the Pacific Ocean.

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To The Horizon

Much of the western part of the U.S. consists of wide open spaces and driving through these areas exposes the traveler to amazing vistas along the way.  I can’t recall how many times we would crest a pass and see nothing but miles and miles of space all the way to the horizon.  Then you would climb again and there would be another vista of the road going on for miles and miles to the horizon.  Next time I make this trip I intend to stop more often and capture some these amazing vistas.

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Lower Falls, Yellowstone River

One of the iconic spots in Yellowstone National Park is the Lower Falls.  The views from the various overlooks are fantastic and this makes it a must for the visitor to the park.  All my images were taken from Artist’s Point.  Not only is the visitor rewarded with great views of the the falls, there are also amazing views of the “Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.”  Of course there are so many other sights within the park and it is impossible to see it all in one day.  Just outside the southern boundary of the park is the Grand Tetons, a place I will have to return to when I have more time.

Finding Happiness

Being out in nature is one way I am guaranteed that I can get centered and find my happy place.  And on those days when it seems hard to get to that place, nature is kind enough to provide a bit of assistance.

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