Beauty all around
I just returned from a trip to the mountains of Western North Carolina where I spent a week with a special spiritual brother. I am flooded with thoughts and emotions. We spent a lot of time on the Blue Ridge Parkway admiring the awesomeness of the lush green mountains. The views were stunning. We made several stops to explore and gaze at the beauty. It was 94 degrees down in the city of Asheville when we left to drive the parkway. When we reached over 6000 feet elevation, the temperature registered 71degrees with a nice breeze. Lying on the ground starring up at the blue sky, wind blowing over my body, birds singing, and the fragrant smell of different flowers was a very spiritual time for me. It was a time of appreciation for life. It was a time of great awareness. I became acutely aware of feeling the sprigs of grass on my legs, arms, feet, hands, and the back of my head. I felt grounded to the earth. I also was acutely aware of the smells, sights, sounds, and fresh clean air that filled my lungs as I took a deep breath inward over and over again. It was heaven. I was feeling so grateful.
As we drove the winding roads through the parkway, I begin to notice barren trees scattered throughout the beautiful mountains. I thought about how those barren trees must be more vulnerable to the elements such as the wind, rain, ice, and snow. They had no leaves or lush greenery to protect them from the elements yet they were claiming their space and still standing tall. The broken and barren trees were a great reminder to me of what once was and what is to come. It is the same in our personal lives. One’s eye may be drawn only to the beauty of the lush greenery, but as I continued to stare at the magnificence of the mountains, I realized that the broken and barren trees added to the beauty. Even though they were broken and barren, they were no less beautiful.
Many times in my life I have felt broken and barren like those trees. I began to think about my life and the cycles of it. I realized that I have gone through times and seasons just like those trees. I have experienced the season of fall in my personal life when seemingly everything was stripped away. All of the leaves were gone and I stood barren. This metaphorical process is just a part of life. The trees teach us that when we’ve lost everything, we can still stand. I have learned to appreciate the barren and broken times as much as the lush green times. Personally I have realized that the broken and barren times are times of restoration for me. They have proven to be a time of reflection and evaluation of self.
Take time to enjoy and be aware of all the beauty around you. Notice the beauty in the broken and barren as well as in the lush green. There is beauty in everything and everyone. See it. Appreciate it. Love it. Embrace it. Think about the times you’ve been broken and barren like those trees and realize that you are still beautiful even in those times. You can still stand tall and claim your space in those times.
I am grateful to you for taking the time to read my thoughts. I am hopeful that they will help create change, awareness, and stimulate self-healing in your personal life. I would be ever so grateful to hear your thoughts and experiences. Please leave a reply in the comments section to help us all grow together and realize that we are all one in this journey of life. The broken and barren stand together with the lush green. We all walk this earth together.
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