Had the most amazing vacation in the woods of Tennessee! Gosh there is so much beauty to be discovered in America. Never dreamed there could be so much beauty and FUN!!!
Did you ever entertain rafting down a river? If not DO IT! Talk about exhilarating and a rush of wet and wild. OK there were a few “rocky times”, wouldn’t want to hit my head on those babies but that’s what the helmets are for! Had to document on film and put it to music for those who would like to see first hand the vantage point and of course for those who won’t dare get in that raft, then ride for a few minutes; virtually! (click :HERE)
I met the above wild group of adventurers online with a local meetup group in my area. Ironically it was my love for photography which led me to inquire and now the rest is history. To say I feel blessed is an understatement. Monthly meetups with this group is refreshing.
It doesn’t matter how hectic it can get at work or home life, the bottom line; we create the atmosphere around us, we capture what we are willing to see, we are all called to embrace the fullness of life yet sometimes we are blind. It takes an active choice of turning off the TV, radio, internet, stock market, PHONE! Yes, a time to choose what YOU need, not what others THINK you need. And only you can make that choice and when you do, you get to see heaven on earth! Your soul will heal and your body will finally rest, your mind will be transfigured and your heart will melt.
Everything will look different, you’ll feel the beating in your chest. This time it’s not flesh and blood, rather the whole earth around you changing. Even animal life looks different, you find they are actually looking at you!
Was it always this way? You may even chuckle to yourself thinking about the old “birds and the bee’s” statement. This time tho, you can feel yourself breathe and the air has a crisp smell of resemblance.
We hike through the woods and one shares about the tears once shed at the very grave of a saint in Cherokee history; burial cairn of Indian Coco Belle. She married a white man and helped shield some of her people from the ravaging politics of the age; The Trail of Tears It saddens you to hear the truth about the many who were massacred. It was an honor to meet the woman who risked her own life to save the multitude’s; Princess Coqua Belle, to lay a rock upon her grave.
This night’s horizon reflects the memory of the souls who walked before me. Their journey unites with mine and somehow I have changed. Fear is less and the infusion of now returns as the unseen is made visible.
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber