This is a post in pics. Last night, before attending a high school drama production my stepson was part of, I went for a solo saunter in the woods. By the end of the evening, I was nourished, fed, and inspired by a multitude of influences: the woods that surrounded me, the river that flowed beside the trail,
the sky in sprawl above in a budding spring blue,
A pic I took of an old trail sign – and then added some words to with Pic Monkey :)
I’ve been starting to get a little restless, from having had shoulder surgery almost 3 weeks ago and still being in a sling and relatively one-handed. So today I ventured out on my own for a walk in the woods. Spending time with trees is good medicine.
There’s a spot in the Blue Mountain Recreation Area not far from my house that I especially like to go. It has good parking and the wooded walking trail goes right by the Bitterroot River, which is a great bonus. It was a sunny, warm day today and only a small handful of people were on the trail, which was also an added bonus. I pulled up into a sliver of shade and then set out on foot with my ipod and camera in tow.
The sun rippled down through long strands of muted green grasses as boughs of pines and aspens swayed in the summer wind. Large birds of prey were soaring with widely spread wings above the river and small song birds were singing long intertwining arias amongst the trees.
Hiawatha Bike Trail
If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere. ~ Vincent Van Gogh
Lake Como, Montana
Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard. ~Standing Bear
To become more connected to ourselves, others, our surroundings, nature, and the greater wide world I think is what life is all about. Cultivating a mindfulness practice is all about connection. Dwelling happily in the here and now is directly related to how connected we are in the present moment.
Yesterday I went to Lake Como in the Bitterroot valley (located in western Montana). Along with my mom, stepson, and one of his friends we went on a hike partway around the lake. We were hoping to make it to the waterfall but we had to let go of our destination due to lack of time (If you zoom in to the pic above you’ll be able to see the waterfall across the lake). Alongside the lake trail were wild roses deep pink and fragrant, hillsides splayed with long blades of thick green grass, inclined fields of great craggy rocks, and rust colored trunks of Ponderosas. While walking along a nature trail it is wonderfully difficult to not be absorbed into one’s surroundings. Connection is inevitable within the embrace of nature – sometimes it might take a little while to allow the weights we carry to be put down but, if given the proper amount of time, connection comes quite organically.