Frozen Solitude Actively Finding Peace

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There’s not many scenes more peaceful than that of a winter forest. I look into the snow covered trees and think about what it would be like to live in a world where only the basics are needed. A companion, food and water and a warm fire. I’ve done my share of winter camping and there’s something almost magical about being comfortable near the fire but yet fully immersed in the season. The occasional flicker of movement in the bush signals that the songbirds are out foraging the rich harvest of wild seeds. Every so often they stop to sing. Their movement is quick and agile. In spite of being very small the cold never seems to bother them. Perhaps they find their comfort in their flock and the fire in their souls. Or, maybe it’s just the natural state of life to be happy at every opportunity. A few days ago it occurred to me that “Nothing can be given unless it is also received.” It been on my mind ever since. What if things like joy and contentment were ever present but when we don’t experience them it’s because we’re not actively receiving them? Receiving is an activity. I could lay at your feet the fortune of a kingdom but unless you accept it you can never have it. Love and acceptance might surround us constantly but if we reject it then it’s never felt. The same is true for peace. Winter is a harsh season but that is merely circumstances. The ability to be comfortable under those circumstances is within our grasp if we simply make fire. But it’s our activity that changes our circumstances. We can’t always avoid conflict but we can have peace of mind in conflict and that gives us clarity of thought and clarity of thought helps us resolve the conflict. We are an active part in our own peace.

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A Few Minutes Of Solitude

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I stand on the little bridge that crosses Peter’s Creek looking in the direction of the falls downstream. The warm autumn sun bathed landscape as the gentle breeze flowed over the mountains connecting all things. Each sound from the surrounding forest told it’s own story. A redtailed hawk cries out as it finds its strength in the wind. Small fish leap from the water and land with a tiny plop on the surface. The catbird just beyond the trees rings out its ever changing melody as the first of leaves to fall provide a rhythm for his tune. Gazing into the surface of the water I read the ripples eminate from the stones that peirce the surface. Their gentle influences mellow out into a uniform pattern that holds my attention. The breeze shifts again and delivers the scent of hay drying in a nearby field. It lasts only for a moment. The voices of nature are the whispers of God speaking peace to the troubled soul. A few moments of solitude are all it takes if you choose to receive his words.

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A Childhood View Of Ground Pine

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The damp forest never really sleeps. The trees do but the rest of forest is bustling with life. The ground pine is a constant companion for the Appalachian. As a child I would lay down on forest floor and pretend that I was an explorer like Indiana Jones trekking my way through the tiny jungle. Broken sticks only a couple of inches long became action figures and piles of rocks for an ancient temple. Sometimes there were dinosaurs in the form of a salamander that wandered lazily onto the scene. The red efts could be dragons that you had to follow all the way to a hidden treasure. I also remember a game that involved running through a patch of ground pine that was in spore such as these and trying to make it all the way through without a cloud of spores rising up from the strange looking cones. The days of childhood play may be long gone but I still have the urge to simply crawl into a patch of ground pine and let my imagination go wild when I see it.

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A Conversation With The Babbling Brook

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Cold winter mists settle on bare branches across the mountains. The water collects and pools into droplets that find their way to the stream. Soon tiny trickles join and wind their way to river. I sat quietly in forest and listened to the voice of the water as it told me of all the sights it witnessed on it’s journey. The oaks and Beech are sleeping deeply now but laurels never rest. And in the shade of the laurels a doe lays with her belly swelling up full of new life. The stream is anxious to see the innocent play of the fawn. Will it run and splash and play. New legs are so full of excitement. And just today an otter emerged from the bank and rubbed his sleepy eyes. With a few playful bounds he slipped into the shallow and slid the length of a football field downstream only to run back up the mountain and do it again. The Brook confesses that she too has children under her stones as tiny dragonfly larvae wait for the light to call them from the water to spread their wings for the first time ever and become masters of the breeze. I listened to these tales and many more until the urgency of my day called me back to the big blue truck and my next destination.

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The Forgotten Tomorrow

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If I close my eyes and listen with my inner ear I can still hear the voices. The voices of people calling out orders, conversations at break time and the preshift prayer for safety. When your job is to dig deep or run the big machines on a highwall you tend to be a little more conscious of mortality. A few weeks ago I told you about my one and only day working on a strip mine and it happened just a little ways “down yonder” from where I took this photo. At the time I thought that there would never be an end to it. I helped as hired muscle but after that the real miners came behind me and pulled light from darkness. The coal that they harvested went to power plants and steel mills. It’s very possible that some of it would have made it from West Virginia to California. But that seems like a lifetime ago now. The voices are only echoes in the cosmetic moment we call time and the mountain has a way of reclaiming what’s her’s.

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The ground heaves and throws and the grass spreads across the landscape to bind steel. The trees come next to sure up those bindings with roots that bend, break and swallow iron and steel. Heavy beams are slowly pushed aside like children’s toys. In God’s creation that which is idle is cast aside to make room for renewal.

Image Titled “The Forgotten Tomorrow 122920b”.

It’s given to mankind to subdue the land but to land its own charge is to be wild. Without consistent effort all that is left is a mystery for some future archeological explorer to find the bands of steel and marvel for the world that was. And for Chandra, here are your trees growing in the railway that you asked to see. 🙂

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