The past few days I have made a really conscious effort to get out into the woods before sunrise. While it is hunting season, I really only go out because of harvesting healthy meat. I do understand people not liking deer hunting or any other hunting for that matter, I also wonder if the same people realize how many animals would be littering the side of our highways if there was not any effort to manage the wildlife with conservation systems?
I digress – the biggest reason I go out hunting is that I can sit alone and spend time in nature, not the type where you go to the tourist spot like the Grand Canyon, get out of your car, take a photo and post it to social media to say, “look at me!” but rather, to sit in nature, in stillness, and quiet. To allow what I fear man is losing with the rhythm and pace of nature being drowned out with his man-made technologies and solutions. What is the point of making a product or solution to a problem that requires a legal disclaimer to be run with every advertisement? Nature is a bit more complicated than what man invents and tries to control with his mind.
Yesterday I had such a wonderful talk with a priest friend as we went to lunch for a bar burger and he asked about what I enjoyed in Ireland. Mind you, this man should simply just go to some monastery and teach a history of Christianity and religion, as he travels all over the planet trying to understand more about the history of religions on the planet. The bartender had a screen printed Celtic cross on his t-shirt and I said, “the second most impressive human thing I saw was where those crosses came from.
My friend immediately mentioned the monastery name that I did not remember. I had to laugh, as it closed for a few hundred years, yet it is the oldest crosses carved into massive stones. I would suggest bypassing the village of Kells and go straight to Clonmacnoise. The history that resides in the idyllic spot had my soul feeling a great history of humans and the development of Irish history.
I have to throw in that the most impressive man-made site in Ireland from the Neolithic period called “passageway” sites (Newgrange is the most famous of the three I visited, but the other two you can visit, were more meaningful to me in a spiritual sense)
sorry for another digression…I was touched that these sites were older than the pyramids of ancient Egypt that I sat on. what made me happy is that the historians realize no one really knows what the purpose or meaning of them is. They will give an idea or an opinion, but they say it is their opinion. If such a site existed in the USA, I would hate to think how media would portray the meaning of something so old. if you look at what we did to the native Americans and their rich history long before Columbus, well, you get the idea.
What I learned is that the frequency of nature is just that. It operates at a seemingly different range and spectrum than our man-made world which seems to be filled with noise. It is sad in that if you look at what humans do each day, much of it is filled up with scurrying around being busy for the sake of being busy. How many allow their minds to be filled with noise from others, or their personal choices with never being alone with oneself, never to take a step back and ask, “Why?” or even better, go off into the silence of nature to learn that being still - is really one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself.
While I have been working on some really amazing immersive ideas with technology, I learned about 30 years ago, you don’t need any of it to really commune with something larger than yourself, inside yourself. While you can do this anywhere on the planet, it really can get difficult to be still. Most humans have a lot of distractions and noise inside their own minds, and it takes some time to drop into the meditative/contemplative/spiritual state. I have found a certain amount of time in nature is required for people to rewire their internal clock to that which is beyond man-made noise.
In the past three days, I have struggled with myself to be still each morning. yet, I will continue to go out into the freezing cold until I find that peace and space. maybe tomorrow it will happen? what a Thanksgiving treat.
How many people have allowed themselves to drop to a place and experience dispassion? While I know 2-3 people that might walk in that state – for me it is a struggle to just get there. However, if you get a small taste of it – I doubt you will go back to your old habits and not want to grow and change yourself from the inside out, not the outside in.
That's my 10 minutes of god knows what today…blessings to all…be thankful for all. The photo is from the really interesting historical site of Clonmacnoise. I will see where I put the passageway images and put some up. I don’t know how they built the pyramids, I also don’t know how they built the passageway sites some 500 years earlier than that.