The image is somewhat irrelevant, but I am adding it for complementary purposes.
Using Constructive Thought
Recently an idea I have been thinking about is the energy and emotions tied to thinking, and how every thought you have carries with it seeds of an emotion, whether constructive or destructive. From this idea one can work to control how they choose to think to build better health or perhaps indulge in grumpiness if that is their source of pleasure.
By these examples, it is obvious that how we think plays a pivotal role in the life that we lead. Knowing this we can move towards steering thinking in a way that builds energy and momentum. The same equation applied to destructive thinking could also be applied to constructive thinking. Using constructive thinking you could eventually inspire a state of health. And every moment carries an opportunity to go one way or the other by a matter of choice. Much of the stress we feel from thinking is born out of reactions to ideas which are neutral at their core which we then decide to react to these ideas based on preconceived thoughts we might have had about them.
Doing anything creative can lead to this fork in the road of destruction and construction. Often creative things are riddled in self-doubt, comparison, condescension and lots of questions. It is helpful in this regard to think of yourself as your only competitor and everyone else as an ally. Because in reality you are only competing against past works of your own. You should only hold yourself at the liberty to compare your work to your past creations and accomplishments, and in doing so not be so self-critical. Take a fairly neutral approach and remember that this past version of you did the best it could with the knowledge and equipment it had. Finding joy in the process of the art is one of the most important aspects to constructive thinking in art. There does come times when the actual creation is more valued than the creative process, but to keep energy high there has to be a lot of joy coming from creating. It is easy to lose sight in the product and not really have it justify the why. It is important to find lots of joy in all aspects of the creative process for your art, otherwise there is going to be stress roadblocks and going back to the stress equation above a resulting loss of quality of life and creative thinking. And I’ve found that I am most joyful when creativity is running high!
To summarize: Thinking can influence your health for better or worse. You can easily manage your thinking and use it for constructive things like extra energy to apply to creative endeavors .
A recent trip into the alpine lakes wilderness not only brought me up close and personal with some beautiful alpine scenery, it also had me encountering shopping-center like crowds .Large groups of people like this are not entirely uncommon in areas along the I-90 corridor, especially the closer to the metro area you go. Counting nearly a couple hundred people on the hike to my destination had me wondering what type of stress load this had on the landscape, and also had me questioning what we will be considering wilderness in the future.
I can wholeheartedly understand the draw to nature on many levels. Experiecing nature in its essence has a grounding and therapeutic effect. Unfettered experiences of nature are a biological necessity. Getting clean air and studying the beauty we see along the trail helps balance our brain and improves health in an array of different areas. On some level we all know this, but we’re sort of a culture with amnesia; it has become accustomed to gravitate towards the electronic world rather than remember our roots in nature. And as I am reminded by my recently deceased laptop, our modernized comforts are often very fleeting in comparison to the self-renewing ecosystems of nature. And this experience of nature is something everyone should be entitled to.
I like to view things more holistically , assuming that each person has the potential to create a ripple effect on the environment around them. I think in its essence, a mass desire to get outdoors has to be viewed in a positive light. The more people that are embracing the outdoors as their form of recreation, the more healthy and balanced the culture is. I think the key thing to emphasize, crowded trail or vacant, solitude or groups, is respect for nature. Respect for nature is something that is instilled when someone is drawn to nature for the experience. This relationship with nature can only help instill a sense of humility for the grandness of it. The difficulty we face is that our culture is still very much in training wheels when it comes to relating to nature. The passive interest in nature has a tendency to bring one to the outdoors, but also with one foot in the noise of modernized culture. Our cultural leap is to encourage and educate respect for nature. There is a lot to be said about the benefits of solitude in nature, but if there are to be many on the trail, perhaps establishing a sense of wilderness community would be the ideal.
Within the tree is a reminder that I am supported by a root structure and only through this connection do I bear my fruits.
In the wind there is a reminder that I vary between stillness and intensity and within either of these movements I cause a chain of events.
Within the flowers is a message that color blooms when conditions are right.
Within the tides is a reminder that I move back and forth and to and fro by the will of cosmic events.
In the deep waters is a message that on the surface I reflect observable objects, yet below the surface possess life unseen.
Within the volcano is a reminder that any point we are always suspended between grace and destructive force.
Within all life on Earth is a reminder that we dance on a fine-tuned web of giving and receiving. We develop ourselves to better develop others.
Forever engaged in a creative dance.
True power comes when we take a stance.
And convey what is ours:
Our oneness with earth, sky, and the infinitude of stars.
Never apart from what we see,
We must look inside to know what causes our mirror to be.
And begin to see reflected back to us what we feel.
Then truly work within a space that is real.
And warm the world like never before. . .
by fully igniting the energy at our core.
The music keeps playing as this story unfolds.
We hear it at times when we grow old.
Its melody plays at a higher volume in times of joy and love.
The rhythm is easy to lose in the struggle and the fight.
Your world may step out of harmony; it may seem as soundless as the deep space at night.
You may get tired of the pressure and such, and conclude that a life with no harmony is simply too much.
But the music plays on ready to be heard on any given day.
So make listening a priority in each and every way.
“The Layers of Experience”
A journey woven through shadows and in light.
Narrow we see in valley, what’s fully revealed with further sight.
Moving through ascents and descents and not knowing what’s ahead.
Heading steadfastly in belief of the path we’ve lead.
Wishing not of chaos, not of randomness to the choices we see.
Taking each step with the intent of marking the trail of our destiny.
When we can see the shadows and the light fuse.
We’ll know that both are necessary on the path we choose.
For impressive is the view, and inspiring the story told.
When we see these layers of experience unfold.
Summer light illuminates Goat Lake and Cadet Peak. This is a recent image and accompanying words that struck me while thinking about this place.
“Coming Out of Hibernation”
Suppressed for too long under a winter’s clutch.
The beauty breathes and stirs, awaiting the sunlight’s touch
It lurks, burrowing within the bosom of forgotten land.
Awaiting for its moment to be seen, awaiting something grand.
To break the chains of a long-cold night.
And unveil the grounds of our meaning, purpose, and insight.
To remind us that even though we can be paralyzed by a winter’s stay.
The dawn of a vast rebirth is always just a moment away.