After my trip to The Great Sand Dunes, I talked about the value of a warm, sunny, spacious landscape for putting a person into a meditative state of mind. I also mentioned how a combination of the roar of the Rio Grande River and the ancient Native American rock art present nearby enabled me to see my thoughts during meditation as coming from a great distance, as though from an ancient past. However, over the past several days of Pasqueflower-hunting, I've suddenly become aware of the fact that the new Spring FRAGRANCES are also effective in putting me into a spacious state of mind. The soothing smell of dry, wet grass, the butterscotch scent of Ponderosa Pine, and the invigorating fragrance of rain falling on granite all connect my soul to the nostalgia and vastness of Divine Love like almost nothing else can! And especially after a long winter, when hardly any smells seemed present during long, snowy hikes in the woods. How wonderful our senses are for helping us become more spiritually attuned!
Photos: Pasqueflowers at Hewlett Gulch (CO), Greyrock (CO) and Vedauwoo (WY); April 9, 11 and 12, 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.