"It is pleasant to gaze upon the world from some lofty standpoint . . . It seems to expand the mind; it conducts one by easy pathways down long lands of thought penetrating far into the future of nations, and opens out broad vistas of contemplation through which glimpses of what may be can dimly be discerned. The outlook from such a commanding point elevates the mind, and the soul is elated by the immensity of Nature."
The Earl of Dunraven,
19th century settler in Estes Park, CO
The New Year offers us the sense of a wide-open future, one that beckons and hints at seemingly endless possibilities. It is like the view of the horizon we gain by climbing a mountain, one that is filled with a sense of spaciousness, optimism and quiet excitement.
Photo: Looking toward the southern horizon at sunrise from the slopes of Medicine Bow Peak, Snowy Range, WY; August 24, 2013
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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.