Zion National Park’s beauty and wisdom really surprised me. I have had so little respect for this country over my lifetime. My reasons are many but mainly because of the greed and rugged individualism of this culture that has resulted in a horrific government portraying itself as a savior while condemning it’s poor and agressing the rest of the world. What history I have studied only re-enforces that jaded perspective. What I am finally discovering is that the universe is fundamentally constructed of love! In pockets like Zion I am seeing even humans at work through love.
Zion is made up of amazing sandstone in a dessert environment. The sandstone funnels water into the ground and then waters it’s world with springs. Visitors can experience this at Weeping Rock where trees, columbine and lush vegetation grow straight out of the rock as water drips down it’s surface onto hot hiking heads of tourists. We have much to learn from this earth, but there is a deep gratitude welling up inside me for those who had the foresight to preserve this land for us.
Water is the most scarce and necessary element we live from in fact, we humans are mostly water. There’s a documentary movie about water and our relationship to it I hope to see soon. Here’s a trailer: http://www.flowthefilm.com/trailer
One more thing that cradled me during this 3.5 week break, is an article by Brian Swimme in the magazine EnlightenNext. It’s called “The Powers of the Universe,” and it gave me such great perspective I can’t help but recommend it. He list these characteristics of the Universe and all that is in it, including us.: 0. Seamlessness 1. Centration, 2. Allurement, 3.Emergence, 4. Homeostasis, 5.Cataclysm, 6. Synergy, 7.Transmutation, 8. Transformation, 9. Interrelatedness, 10. Radiance. Although I can’t go into them here, what they gave me is a much more hope filled view of the Earth, myself, and the Universe. Well worth the cost of the magazine.
Wow, it’s so good to be home.