SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: Have you had moments of deep happiness in the midst of nature? Are there any practices that support you in being immersed in calmness and entering a space where you can meet yourself?
Wonderful read for sure ! I agree that best way to meet yourself is to be in nature without any other rush in mind. My all nature camp trips from my school helps me in overcoming my weaknesses which I have within me like swimming, height phobia, etc. I can spend time with myself introspecting things which I do in life and give a re-think on it.
Thanks for sharing this story :)
Yes, I strive to enter that space where I can meet myself. In fact, in this modern technologically advanced world, I don't know who am I, where am I going and what I want. I am known to the world by my name, my position and what I possess in material terms.
As dawn is breaking, sitting with my head resting against the flank of my cow, as I draw the generous flow of sweetly scented milk from her udder. She turns her head and breaths warm sweet breath in my face as her tongue rasps across my cheek. She loves me. f s
I have traveled in the Sahara, camping for 3 wks at a time, with a Toureg crew & guide. All that he says is true, and as simple and as pure as his description. Absolute silence, and at night a wealth of stars. Clear dry air and no light pollution makes the vastness of the night sky overwhelming. That is part of their environment also.
funny, everytime i'm at a difficult stage in life i get a reflection that speaks to it. this one was perfectly written. simplicity of life explained is a simple but clear way. the courage to follow the path while the crowd is pulling you in another direction.
I had a conversation with a friend in India and I immediately googled the website. Awakin Circles immediately resonated with me and I as read the passage above it made me think further on how we are our worst enemies...... never taking time to nourish our own souls and look within. Yes we have all the conveniences like washing machines vacum cleaners etc to make life easier but we still run around, we still waste our time on frivolous things, frivolous actions. I thank you today for reminding me of the space within and the silence I can experience.
Reading this has changed my life! I am 47. Had wanted to work till 52 and then devote myself to 'listening to silence'. I just gifted myself two more years of silence.
Thanks a ton. Hugs!!!
what a blessing to have time and the quiet and peace for our spirit it brings with it.
I live and work in a big city and I deal with the public doing retail which can be so stressful at times especially during the holidaze. That and the fact that my sister recently passed away. I allow myself to grieve and when I can, during breaks at work, I'll sit outside with my face towards the sun (which we have during winter) and just absorb the warmth of it for a while. A sense of peace, calm, and comfort engulfs me as it feels so healing. I try to hang on to that feeling as long as I can as it helps me during the stressful times. Nature is so much bigger than our own problems so for me, to indulge in it's myriad ways of beauty whether it's the sun or rain or birds flying in waves of grace and beauty..........or even observing the wild cats who own the neighborhood as they go through the dynamics of their hierarchies.....it's all grist for the mill in my being grateful for life.
Every time I read this, a sense of calmness quietens the noise within ....
Desert ,close to nature is sublime.Connected to the life force without hindrance. But life is holistic with many other aspects also.And these are all interconnected to be complete.Let us not isolate to be incomplete but take a 360 degree facts based life view to be immersed in ourselves.Cheers
As beautiful as MAA's description is, and as much as I am troubled by the very things about Western Civilization and modernity that he describes, I cannot sidestep two challenging aspects of this.
One is that he actually made the choice to leave the desert and move to France. Without any transparency about what led to that choice, I am challenged to understand it and it leaves a veil of discomfort for me.
The other is that while I don't anything specific about the culture he comes from, many cultures of the desert are very brutal towards women. I cannot gloss over that in reading his description.
I do, personally, love the desert and have a deep personal understanding about the silence and the amazing sky and the sense of such profound and nourishing starkness.
Both are true. It's complex for me.
I felt some jealousy of Moussa Ag Assarid regarding the simple, basic, pristine experience of which he speaks. I've had some brief moments of happiness in the midst of nature. For example, time I've been in a heavy snow fall when there is no traffic, only the sounds of nature, no one around, and I felt enveloped in snow falling, wind blowing, and cold air. I felt alone with nature, close with nature, part of nature, and I felt happiness and some awe in the midst of nature. Such moments are deepening and special. Meditation, early in the morning before the sun comes up and before traffic and other human noises of the day begin, is a time that supports my being immersed in calmness and facilitates and supports my entering a space in which I meet my individuality as simultaneously part of universality. Such meditation moments are also deepening and special. I'm remembering Paschal's saying that "all men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." I think being in the midst of nature is even better.[Hide Full Comment]
This simple story says so much. What MAA describes here is what I call feeling human -- that sweet spot when the mind slows down and there's no rush at all. With all the stimuli we're surrounded by so much of the time, It can be challenging at times to feel human. It's nice to take a break from the stimuli when possible, and when not possible, find ways to feel human in the midst of it.