The first rule of hiking and camping I
was taught as a child was, "whatever
you bring in, you take out".
I have returned to many of the places
I visited in my youth and have seen first
hand how much damage can be done if this
simple rule is ignored. We live amidst
a consumer-based society with delusions
of sophistication, that is only just beginning
to evolve out of the "throw-away" mentality.
An appreciation and respect for nature
and life is growing, but we still have
far to go.
" ... for it is
the doom of men, that they forget"
- Merlin, from the movie Excalibur.
Whatever your experience(s) while you
gazed, meditated and soaked up the aura
of the place, take another photo or two
before you leave. Not just "happy snaps",
try to capture a little of the essence
of the place.
Later, when you recall your experience
from your journal entries (Rama recommended
keeping a journal) and you look at the
photos you've taken, look to see whether
there is a difference between the first
photos and the later ones. If the later
ones are more striking, it is because
your "seeing" saw differently (of course,
if they are not, you might have to consider
improving your knowledge of photography
and/or getting a better camera ;-)
PS: At VayuLila we'd love to hear about
your adventures. If you wrote a short
article or story (with a pic or 2), we
could start a section on Experiences at
Places of Power.
You are energy!
You live in a world of energy, which you
appreciate via the energy called perception
and store via the energy called memory.
The experience, the recollection, the
journal, the photos ... all just energy
... reflected in the endless strands of
eternity. It is only mind that sets us
apart, that distinguishes us as separate
from experience. Through meditation, the
practice of mindfulness, and the appropriate
management of our personal energy resources
... we have the opportunity to reconnect
with eternity. Enjoy!
The Etiquette of Power