No price tag for peace of mind.

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I am grateful for the filter that Mother Nature provides me with. I often shudder at the prospect of my existence without our frequent embraces.

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No more running from the certainty of uncertainty

Mother Nature has always been a gracious host, whenever she invites me, I listen intently and feel compelled to learn at her feet.

Feeling at peace.

Feeling at peace.

In today’s lesson I realized …

When we come full circle with the reality of what we’ve always known to be true, but instead of taking the revelation head on, we chose to tuck it away in the recesses of our mind in hopes that it would fade away into oblivion.

Sadly, it never does; more often than not, it comes back with a vengeance.

Turning my back on "it"

Turning my back on “it”

Are we really being true to ourselves? Taking it a step further, is it fair to surmise that if we can’t tell the hard truths to ourselves who can we speak truth to?

The older that I get the more I come to the sobering realization, that I didn’t know that know as much as the earlier incarnations of myself were so unshakably certain of.

In short, I take solace in the fact that there is wisdom in, respecting the certainty of uncertainty.

There is so much to be gained from embracing and enveloping ourselves in the edification of our own fickleness. Accepting it, taking it head on rather than running or making futile attempts to hide from it.

So, I often find myself walking in the relative solace of nature, only to eventually find myself staring back the reflection of the water

Enchanted by the ebb of the water.

Enchanted by the ebb of the water.

not unlike the mythical Narcissus, but it isn’t that I am enamored with myself, but being enchanted with the duality of good and bad in myself and the potential of reaching higher plateaus.

A bridge to somewhere

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Often I find myself in nature’s venues where I am drawn in by my surroundings, only to wonder if what my senses are bearing witness to is a metaphor for something larger.

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This area was serene, but not secluded by any sense of the word as the serenity of the surroundings were periodically cut with the buzz of cars crossing the bridge.

Be that as it may, I found that this was perfect marriage of  nature and that which is wrought by the hands of man.
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I soaked it in and marveled at the ebb and flow of the river. The contrast of the leaves and the trees was comforting.

As I headed back I couldn’t shake the feeling that the bridge was a not so subtle metaphor for my next part of my journey.
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Solace always puts it together

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Gunpowder Falls, Md

Sometimes hearing nothing helps you to hear exactly what is needed.

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Gunpowder Falls, Md

Water has the properties to flush toxins out of the body as well as flushing the toxins out of the mind.

Is it easier said than done? Possibly, but often we opt not to make it a priority.

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But isn’t sanity worth it or would it be too much like right?

So I found myself … Now what?

This is dripping with Mother Nature.

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This picture sums up the week I spent on the Big Island.

Awe inspiring; breathtaking, invigorating and reflective are some of the adjectives that come to mind.

In retrospect, I was lost but was able to find myself here, but up to this point I was shamefully oblivious to the fact that I’ve been wasting my time. As Hawaii was quick to show herself as an environment that is purely conducive to a being the writer that I’ve been suppressing for longer than I care to admit.

Sometimes it takes a proverbial kick in the pants to reorient yourself back to the things that are truly important, being cognizant of what gives you JOY, rather than doing something that takes JOY from you.

Realizing that I was wasting my time was one thing, but knowing the necessary steps to employ in regaining the steering wheel of my life was another…

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