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Transcendental | Nature

My grandmother raved many times to me about the majestic Rocky Mountains of Canada. She was a woman whose soul deeply craved travel and adventure, but alas, her life circumstances largely prevented it.

However, a one-time serendipitous trip to those mountains became indelibly imprinted on her heart. For the rest of her life, she held the vision and feeling of that place within her like a precious gold nugget. It fed her soul. She called the Rockies “God’s country”.

Transcendentalist writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau would agree with my grandmother. When we really tune into nature, we hook into the divine energy (whatever we each believe that to be) which breathes in all living things. We feel connected. Our souls transcend the mundane and remember the infinite nature of who we really are.

The divine is evident in the tiny dragonfly, but sometimes it takes a mighty mountain to awaken our souls. When we gaze upward at those magnificent rock faces, we feel small and big, all at the same time. The sublime grandeur within and without is undeniable. If such a thing as this exists in the world, then surely anything must be possible. And indeed, it is.

Take a moment to read the few quotes by Emerson and Thoreau, then enter the photo and imagine drifting on that tranquil lake in the tiny red canoe. No phones, no crowds, no stress, just blessed beauty, solitude and peace, the fullness of nature.

Do you hear your soul singing yet?

Inspirational Quotes by Emerson & Thoreau:

“In the woods is perpetual youth. In the woods we return to faith and reason.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I have a room all to myself; it is nature.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All good things are wild and free.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

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Live Boldly | With courage

Life is full of choices. Some are small, others large. And the big ones inevitably present us with trials that embody one fear or another. Based on my experiences, I believe that facing our fears and moving through them does in fact help us to build a “courage arsenal”.
More at today’s HartQuill post: Building your Courage Arsenal

Inspirational Quotes:

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” ~ John A. Shedd

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” ~ C. JoyBell C.

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ~ Anais Nin

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Spark | Feed your mind

Words on pages shaped my life. As a child, I practically lived at the library! I voraciously fed my mind with many of the literary classics, and those great writers sparked my imagination.

The worlds that they wrote about opened my mind to many possibilities. Eventually those inspiring words contoured my adult life. It was a small leap to imagine traveling the world some day. And I have, for some 20 years now! I believe my life would have been very different without all those inspiring words my mind absorbed as a child.

Reading offers us many valuable benefits, and some you may not have considered. More about that here: 10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day. And with technology that allows us easy access to books in a nanosecond, there is bountiful and easy access to knowledge and inspiration.

There’s a great big wide world out there, and we may think we know it through the news. But knowledge we access through books is different. Books exercise our minds, honing our imaginations and critical thinking skills.

Feed your mind, light a spark, free your spirit.

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Inspirational Quotes:

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” ~ Haruki Murakami

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” ~ Mark Twain

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” ~ George R.R. Martin

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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Wonderland | Winter dream

“Walking in a winter wonderland…” Every year at Christmas time, this classic song has a way of making Northern Hemisphere dwellers slip into nostalgic myopia. After all, what could be more romantic than a fresh snowfall for the big holiday?

Being a hopeless romantic myself, when I began traveling I would still pine for snow during the holiday season. Hmm. The classic White Christmas. I miss it. Even in places that never have snow, a white Christmas seems to be the eternal dreamy ideal.  I’ve seen fake snow sprayed on many a shop window around the equator. Yep, it’s the big dream.

The reality? I loved snow during my childhood winters. Skating, tobogganing, building ice forts, snow ball fights – winter was my fave season. It was fun. As an adult, not so much!

Adults are the ones who shovel snow and scrape ice and commute bad roads to and from work, day after day after grueling miserable freezing day. Winter can surely be a grind. That’s why I feel deep empathy right now for my friends Up North. Much to their chagrin, winter is setting in early (again) this year.

Oh yes, I will grant you there were days when a fresh powdery snow would cover the tree branches so magically, it would take my breath away. And all that horrible shoveling and winter driving would almost all seem worth it.

Almost. 😉

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