“Open your heart and soul to the Universal Spirit…”:-)
several years ago, I had the privilege to spend 3 days in the Monument Valley area… this Navajo nation reservation is located on the Arizona-Utah state line and it’s also known as the valley of the rocks region… the works of the native American artists were created to reflect that special spot where the human soul feels eternally free, safe, alive and peaceful… an amazing place where life and love are unconditional, clean and clear like an eagle in flight or a priceless summer dusk… however, obscure that venue may seem, it’s always there, like fond memories or a dear friend or a lover… this is a unique lieu – soft as mountain moonbeams, true and solid as a rock… breathe deep, feel the sun tenderly touch all life as one, hear the tiny grass grow, listen to Kokopelli’s music – the humpbacked flute player… 🙂
watch the cool streams flow as birds sing and dreams unfold, so close to our thoughts, worthless woe melts into golden moments… reunited and relaxed, slowly walking and silently talking with the unseen spirit of Mother Nature, rejoicing and sensing its vast, intense, supreme creations… simply redeemed, alive, cleansed, revived under the azure sky in the woodlands… to the lucky ones, this realm of serenity is called “home”, the hopeful ones call it “heaven” and others believe that peace can be found in the majesty of the great American wilderness, in all its splendor and glory… I’m one of them as I strongly believe that gratitude and thankfulness are parts of the generosity of our heart… our joy of offering and of receiving is even greater, really huge, ’cause the more we share, the more we possess the treasure of life… 🙂
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some of my fond souvenirs: hand painted gifts by Native American artists and Easter eggs from Romanian friends & Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, UK… 🙂
N.B. as a Darwinian-Cartesian(or vice-versa!), I’ve adopted the 10 Commandments of the Native Americans:
1. The Earth is our Mother, care for Her.
2. Honor all your relations with your fellows.
3. Open your heart and soul to the Universal Spirit.
4. All life is sacred, treat all beings with respect and tolerance.
5. Take from the Earth what is needed and nothing more.
6. Do what needs to be done for the good of all.
7. Speak the truth but only for the good in others.
8. Follow the rhythm of Nature: rise and retire with the sun.
9. Take full responsibility for your actions.
10. Enjoy life’s journey, but leave no tracks; look after the well-being of Mind and Body…
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may the Universal Spirit be with you, now and always! Merry Catholic & Protestant(reformed) Easter weekend! 🙂