The two days I spent camped in solitude this past weekend on Skinny Fish Lake really helped reinvigorate my meditation practice. The spaciousness of the lake spreading out directly in front of my camp became like a STAGE upon which various waterfowl, jumping fish, rippling breezes, and mountain reflections - like the sunset alpenglow pictured here on Saturday night - were able to appear and then dissipate. This process offered a direct mirror of my mind during meditation, when the spaciousness of awareness provides an INNER stage upon which all of the various thoughts, perceptions and emotions are able to appear like echoes out of nowhere and then dissipate once more. Just as it is incredibly fascinating to marvel at the number of different creatures that might appear upon the lake-surface, so meditation enables us to stand in awe and wonder at the great variety of thoughts that arise, not knowing precisely WHAT thought or perception will decide to appear next!
Photo: Alpenglow on Skinny Fish Lake, Flattops Wilderness, CO, June 18, 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.