"I am dead and gone to heaven."
In the Mountains of Yosemite
I cannot adequately describe the feeling I had today while sitting on the grassy shoreline of Fern Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.
The intense sunlight took the chill out of the gentle, intermittent breeze, and the music of cascading waterfalls coming from three different directions was nicely complemented by the chuckling of the lake water against the bank.
A variety of bird calls - an osprey, ruby-crowned kinglets, hermit thrushes, pine siskins, robins, a Townsend's solitaire and others - made the very air seem festive. Globeflowers, glowing in the sunlight, in turn gave off their own radiance.
I meditated for twenty minutes. The lake-setting - spacious, but filled with echo-like water and bird sounds arising, it seemed, from a very ancient past - became a veritable embodiment of the vast, meditative mind.
I will carry this day with me for a very long time . . .
Photo: Globeflowers and Fern Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO, June 14, 2016
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.