#21 In Awe

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While consciously embracing modern ways, I live with an underlying lament: the loss of the natural world.  Anyone who has been here long enough and is paying attention is witnessing these changes in our landscape.  They are brought on not only by necessity, but by our unthinking drive for technological advancement over the well-being of humanity and the earth.  Our salvation lies first in the recognition that as individuals seeking the latest, the best, we are only as healthy and happy as our communities, the planet, the whole.

Thinking about all this last week, I went up to Lake Huron in Canada to spend time with my dear friend, Sally Heflin.  I was instantly transformed to the childhood feeling of running wild in nature.  To that end, we spent an evening contemplating the intense number of stars, and the magnificence of the Milky Way across the night sky.  In awe, our necks ached from the position required to take it all in.

Even without the many hours of joy and laughter we experienced, seeing so clearly the million or billion points of light, mostly invisible in my New York life, I was reminded that Mother Nature is still out there, and we are her children.  She remains a constant, always in charge, and it behooves us to treat her well.

 

 

7 thoughts on “#21 In Awe

  1. The fabulous gifts of Mother Nature out there in the wild world removed from the rigors of our so called civilized life is something that always calls to our most primal stirrings. Beautiful as always!

  2. “She remains a constant, always in charge…” You said it. Lovely imagining you and Sally sitting back star gazing, the far and wide Universe taking you in…

    On Sat, Aug 6, 2016 at 11:29 AM, Wild Nature of New York wrote:

    > stephanieurdang posted: ” While consciously embracing modern ways, I live > with an underlying lament: the loss of the natural world. Anyone who has > been here long enough and is paying attention is witnessing these changes > in our landscape. They are brought on not only by necess” >

    • It was life-affirming, Christi, a much needed pause in the acceleration of NY, ways, more like being an innocent child in the 50’s: on vacation, nothing to do but imagine things to do and then spend the time it takes to exhaust the giggles and wonder.

      • essencial, these life affirming moments, a reminder to hold space for such experiences, they are all around us.

    • Hi Amy! Thanks so much for reading. At #36, we will be finished with this collaboration which has turned into a sweet weekly meditation for me. Nice to know you are out there reading the latest. xo

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