This past weekend my husband and I went up to Glacier National Park, which is about a 4 hour drive north of town for us. Some friends were getting married on Saturday in the park so we went up on Friday and spent two nights camping on Lake McDonald inside of Glacier.
It rained most of the weekend, which is unusual for Montana. Due to seasonal weather conditions and slowed plowing efforts the whole road (Going-to-the-Sun Road) which runs through the park has not yet been opened. Last year the road was opened on June 21st. Currently you can traverse about 15 miles into the park from West Glacier and about 14 miles from the St. Mary’s entrance on the east side. But the middle section, over the pass, is still closed. While it was unfortunate to not be able to travel the whole road and bear witness to the amazing expansive mountainous views of Logan Pass there is so much to see and appreciate in the park. Being sectioned off to only part of Glacier was in no way a hardship. Beauty abounds in Glacier – it’s everywhere you turn!
Around 1850 the Glacier Park area had an estimated 150 glaciers. Today there are currently 25 active glaciers left. Learning of this information got me thinking about the nature of impermanence. Sometimes this sort of info can be very challenging to hear and can bring up disgruntled thoughts about the impact of humans on our natural environment. This is, however, the reality. Everything is connected and everything is of the nature to change. Nature provides many teachings and lessons rooted in mindfulness.
Listen, listen, the call of the Earth brings me back to my true home:
Breathing in I know that I am breathing in
Breathing out I know that I am breathing out
Breathing in I see that everything is connected
Breathing out I see that nothing is separate
Breathing in I see the nature of impermanence
Breathing out I know that nothing stays the same