26.2.12

In solitude we are never really alone




































Of the many cycles in nature and in life, there is time for engagement and a time for solitude. But for me in this cycle of my life, when I can get away from the day job, solitude is pure enchantment.

On my walks I am usually accompanied by intermittent silence, birds singing, distant cattle noises, a tractor somewhere. I pause and visualise the other worker, also out in the fields, listen to his thoughts.

A lakeside woodland grotto draws me in, a dark bird rustles in the reeds.

My neighbour Dots has her sheep and her 4 dogs. I have my camera and my reverie. A few moments of solitude in a giant soup of activity, a great porridge of being, this world that I am just a teeny weeny part of.

But alone? No, I am learning that we are never really alone.





27 comments:

  1. What very beautiful pictures you have here.

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  2. Lovely photos and thoughts. I also find the same peace on walks like these. Work can be very distracting at times.

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  3. Your photos are brilliant. I agree with your way of thinking...Judy at GoldCountryCottage

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  4. That we have to work is that we have to pay our bills. But because of the spare space of time to enjoy everything outside is beautiful. And no you never are alone.
    Have a lovely sunday
    Marijke

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  5. Beautiful post. I absolutely love your phrase "a giant porridge of being"! Perfect description of life.

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  6. Solitude: cherished by some, feared by others who are not comfortable in their own being. As for me, it is one of the many treasures in life I cherish.

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  7. Have been revelling in a few days of solitude. How beautifully you put it, in words, and pictures.

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  8. Living here in rural Alentejo.. my daily life is solitude.. My mornings are filled with the chirping sounds of the many birds around my garden..
    My dogs sometimes run off to chase a rabit or even the birds.
    The bla bla of the sheep .. its as you say.. we are not alone.
    We are lucky to be able to open the door and enjoy the wonders of nature so close to us.
    Lovely photos.. amazing shots..
    Truly "A giant porridge of being"
    best wishes
    val

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  9. So very true that we are never alone even in nature....there is always something stirring around us to remind us of all the beauty...lovely thoughts and words!!

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  10. Lately I'm trying to understand how to be connected or engaged while being...without company. It's not always easy, and sometimes it seems like wishful thinking, but when that connection happens, it's breath-taking. Lovely photos. There's just something about a blackbird. My Mom used to call red-wing blackbirds "rainbirds".

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  11. Beautiful photos - it almost looks like summer if not for the bare trees. I love peace and quiet of the outdoors - just me and my thoughts with the birds for company.

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  12. If I do one thing today for myself now, it's to go for a walk on my own. Thanks for the reminder x

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  13. It's like you know what I'm thinking and then provide the pictures that will soothe xx

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  14. Beautiful words and photos. No, we are never really alone. Yesterday the crows were circling around my house whooping it up and in my acknowledgement I became part of the array!

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  15. Just beautiful, words and especially the images.

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  16. This is the best kind of company - lovely post and images!

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  17. Solitude is precious to me...completely necessary to recharge and think. You've captured the essence of quiet beautifully.

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  18. Your photos are, as usual, magnificent. You have a real gift for words and pictures.

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  19. It's good to spend time along without being lonely...it's an opportunity just to be.

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  20. Wonderful post.

    Regards and best wishes

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  21. "Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted in the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10 ;" The Heaven declare the glory of God..." Psalm 19:1 ; " You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will CLAP THEIR HANDS." Isaiah 55:12
    Through His word we are shown how God's very nature is revealed to us though His creation. When I have gotten alone with God in His "cathedral" of nature those have been some of the greatest times when I have felt His presence and known His peace. However; I think of the artist who was asked to illustrate peace. He depicted a violent storm at sea then up on a ledge of a rugged cliff there is a bird safe and warm in it's nest. "Rejoice in the Lord always...The Lord is near,. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition , with thanksgiving, present your requesta to God. And the Peace the Passes ALL Understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" Philippians 4: 4-7 when I really "get" this one I find this promise is always true.

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  22. Stunning photography as always, truly beautiful.

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  23. I love the silence of the land, it has a different quality to the peace at the end of the day in the suburbs, and i envy anyone who can wake to that lovely peacefulness, my little mum who passed away at 90 two years ago was born on a farm in the countryside and moved to the edge of the city next to our lovely park: she said i didnt understand the cut off feeling that living in the countryside brought, she was so happy that smartphones brought connectedness for the folk of the land, to be able to find things out and have peace and contentedness would bring about a different world she thought. Thanks for sharing your super landscape and wildlife and sense of peace.

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  24. When we are at peace with ourselves, we actually make good company. The colours and contrasts are uplifting like wings that take flights of fancy

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  25. A beautiful sentiment. I cherish my solitary moments too.

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  26. Perfect sentiment for this crazy world. When I can't get outside it is nice to turn off the radio, the television, the computer and just listen.

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