There are times when we are called to feel the expansiveness of nature. Maybe we seek to relieve the claustrophobia of the city, the office cubicle or the demands of life generally. In daily life, it isn’t often that we can feel the grandeur, immensity and power inherent in the great outdoors. There is a necessity, a calling, a yearning to go to the mountains.
In the city, space is a luxury. In the mountains, space is vast. We tend to spend our time in a house, in a car or in an office. We tend to be routine oriented, responsibility oriented and expectation oriented. The call of the mountains is the antithesis of those orientations. When we go from home to car to office to market to retail store and to restaurants, it’s controlled. The temperature, the comfort and the sensory input. In the mountains, nature is alive. Winds blow, storms arise and subside suddenly, rain and snow fall upon the earth, things sprout, grow, bloom, die and recycle in ever-changing seasons. In the mountains there is a flow, an ever-changing dynamic.
It’s nice to feel comfortable, safe and secure. It’s easy. But there are those times when we need to experience the sheer power of nature; its strength, its force. To see a lake, listen to a stream, smell the pine, hear the birds and see the flowers in Spring, Mountains combine the stability of the rock with the dynamic environment of the life that inhabits it. Silence and sounds, peace and storms, life and death. Breathing in the dry, scented air we can feel alive and centered simultaneously.
Maybe this is for a day, a long weekend, a summer or a lifetime. In all cases, the spell of the mountains is a necessary one, a rejuvenating one – one that teaches us that life can be stable and grounded, and at the same time, dynamic and alive. The mountains teach us about life.
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