Sunday, March 03, 2013


It was another day of Nature's abundance expressed on the hilltop. And when it comes to that expression, everyday is the same. Everything has been accounted for and provided. Some words from John Muir come to mind.

"One is constantly reminded of the infinite lavishness and fertility of Nature -- inexhaustible abundance amid what seems enormous waste. And yet when we look into any of her operations that lie within reach of our minds, we learn that no particle of her material is wasted or worn out. It is eternally flowing from use to use, beauty to yet higher beauty; and we soon cease to lament waste and death, and rather rejoice and exult in the imperishable, unspendable wealth of the universe, and faithfully watch and wait the reappearance of everything that melts and fades and dies about us, feeling sure that its next appearance will be better and more beautiful than the last."

Many never ever come to a recognition of this. Others do, but too often, even with them, an amnesia like state comes over them and they forget and once again retreat into a space defined by the myth of scarcity. In that space, a contented heart is sent into exile.

Have you ever spent any time considering why it is so difficult to trust a reality that is so in full view all around us everyday? Why is it that the mental landscape of falsity gets so much attention and exercise?

For myself, those questions were answered. At least in some degree. It became clear to me a few years back that the loudest message being broadcast in an unrelenting barrage like way was the myth of scarcity. And I had become fully distracted by it and wasn't even aware of it. It's a message that serves a consumerist culture very well. It is meant to keep us grabbing for things we don't need. Keeping people in competition with one another in regards to these things is a good way to covertly manipulate and create a dedication to the machine. And once caught there....noticing the obvious becomes so difficult. It becomes difficult to notice that we have a problem...and difficult to notice the answer that is right before us staring us in the face.

Getting away from the noise and falsity and spending some time on a hilltop can certainly be a help.


Rich said...

Superb to the heart thoughts Kent, thank you.
Each and every picture here was a meaningful and lingering delight!

Steve said...

Wonderful words Kent and just to let you know I was introduced to the wonderful works of John O'Donohue via your site. Lovely images again...



Kent said...

I love it when I hear of more people reading John O and it resonating with them