Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Homage, Surface


(n.) : the upper layer of an area of land or water

on the surface
:  to all outward appearances
: over; above; beyond
archaic :  presence, sight
It has been so cold, the brook and mountain streams I walk along are all frozen.

As I walked today, I tried to locate the right piece of ice to place my "homage altar" upon, and thought a little bit about the word surface.

I realized that on any given day, in any given relationship, or activity, or location, there are two, or more, realities: what is happening on the surface, and what is happening below the surface--which could involve many levels.

Even as a young child I have always known this. When I went about my day, entering places, relating to others, I always noticed what appeared to be happening on the surface and what was going on  just below the surface. Mood, tone, body language, facial expression, calm, or disarray, registered just as easily as what was being spoken, or presented.

This is the plight of sensitive people, I guess, we rarely live on the surface, instead we dwell just below, which separates us, ever so slightly, from what seems to be going on in the moment.

 It took me a while, but recently, I realized, life is much richer here, just below the surface.

"Look beneath the surface: never let a thing's intrinsic quality or worth escape you."
{Marcus Aurelius}

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Homage, Three


  (n.) : a union or group of three :  trinity
The number three is considered mystical and spiritual.

Three is featured in many folktales such as: Three Wishes, Three Guesses, Three Little Pigs, Three Bears, and Three Billy Goats Gruff.

The were three primary gods of ancient Babylonia: Anu, Baal, and Ea, representing heaven, earth and the abyss. The Egyptian sun god had three aspects: rising (Khepri), midday, (Re) and setting (Atum). In Christianity three is represented in the trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Plato considered the number three symbolic of the triangle, and believed the world was built from triangles. William Shakespeare referenced the number three in MacBeth, with three witches, whose spell begins, "Thrice the brindled cat hath mewed." In folklore a three colored cat is considered a protective spirit.

Three Graces, Yosemite {via}

In Greek mythology Zeus had three daughters, considered to be charities, called the Three Graces. The Three Graces have been depicted in art through the centuries, and three sequoia trees in Yosemite are named for them. According to Ted Andrews, in Animal Speak, three represents creativity, rebirth, and the mystical.
(Many of these facts were obtained through the Encyclopedia Britannica.)

Friday, January 17, 2014

Homage, Observe


(v.) : to watch, and sometimes also listen to, carefully

I was surrounded by school children in a dream I once had. We were on a field trip. A few teachers were there and I was uncertain of my role. All around me the children ran; we were out in nature, in a clearing. Suddenly, I saw a tree stump, it was freshly cut, and I could see its many rings; it seemed to beckon me to take a seat upon it. Once I sat, I knew my role: to sit and observe.

On my walk today, after paying homage to nature by making the little altar above (if you look closely, you will see the dream stone sits upon a rusted old bed spring, from a mattress once abandoned in the woods) I realized that the dream tree had really invited me to become part of it. What are some of the things trees might observe, I wondered?

Here are some things I observed while walking.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Homage, Ineffable

The past four winters of trekking the forests behind my home have been ineffable. When I started writing about my walks in 2011, I had so much to say. It was not that long ago, but  somehow in those three short years I have become a different person. Is it because of the walks? I think so. Nature has taught me so much about my life. Yet, I am finding it hard to put into words. So I decided I would create little altars in the woods, each week, as I did the hearts in 2012. This is my way of paying homage to my walks, and to radiant nature, that has left me speechless but more attuned; I am beholden her.


(adj.) : too great, powerful, beautiful, etc., to be described or expressed

Sunday, January 5, 2014

2014 Theme: Let Go

let (v.) : to permit to enter, pass, or leave
go (v.) : to pass by means of a process like journeying, obsolete :  walk