Glorious Perspectives

The arches are welcoming, and yet the path isn’t clear

A Welcoming of Life
Into Itself
a path inviting
into the Unknown

New trees growing out of old fallen trunks

A Newness that sprouts
Out of that certain Deadness
something within
not giving up

An unusual patch of brightness along the dark dense trail

A Brightness that spreads
From Grounds of Silence
a quiet glow
can’t be missed

And yet The Wait is Forever Unluxurious

The Forest Within
is crowded yet clear
at the same time

These glimpses from my solo walk along this trail in November of 2022 – stirred inside me some exact feelings to come alive. The forest within doesn’t feel as crowded anymore by now.

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77 thoughts on “Glorious Perspectives

    • Thank you very much David! I am happy to know that you love that top picture – I frequent this trail repeatedly and this glimpse was particularly fresh this time for how it welcomed and puzzled me at the same time.

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  1. Walking in the woods can accomplish the same as a beach walk – that is, good for the mind, body, and soul …. but NOT refreshing on the feet. ๐Ÿ˜‰ … Good words in your poem because not feeling as cluttered is a good thing. Interestingly, I also felt a sense of spring renewal in your words and images. Hope all is well, PD!

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    • Indeed all nature walks are so good for us – definitely cannot go barefeet on these trails, though I love trying out surfaces barefoot ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for appreciating my words – I kept finding hope and trust in the glimpses, yes. All well yes Frank, thank you very much for your visit along here.

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    • I am so happy to see your visit Dan. I have posted about those trail and its pictures before – it is my favorite that I frequent on. I agree with you – God is a wonderful creator and the spirit so nourishing _()_

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      • Ah, that’s why they look familiar! I can almost smell the earth, the trees and the plants! I have my favorite walks too, they are like old friends I get to revisit! Now your pathways are getting to be a little more familiar to me and I love that feeling!

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  2. Aww this is such a beautiful post, dear friend!!! The photos paired with your most touching words make such a masterpiece. I love the flow and the stillness in every line, it is glorious to read. Truly well done as alwaysโ€ฆsuch a peaceful treat ๐Ÿค๐Ÿค—

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    • It makes me smile how you say – delicate poetry – it feels like my inner experience well described :))) Thank you for walking along with me – through the woods and my words. Your company here is a joy to me dear Ka.

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  3. What an exquisite poem, Pragalba! Very inspiring! โค The photos are lovely and refreshing!

    "A Newness that sprouts
    Out of that certain deadness
    Something within
    not giving up"

    This is my favorite verse from your poem. Life is a series of renewals, new life coming from the wreckage of the old.

    A beautiful wooded lot next door was leveled in late September by Hurricane Ian. Large, old live oak trees were partially uprooted and lying flat on the ground. The tops fell on our house and yard and had to be cut back to the property line.

    In November, all the live oak trees in our area, which had been stripped of most of their leaves in the hurricane, began to bloom like it was springtime and grew new leaves. The fallen trees with most of their branches sawed off were soon covered with dense green sprouts. The lot is still a mess, but it is a green mess!

    Thank you for the lovely poem that reminded me again of the power of nature to renew itself!

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    • Dear Cheryl thank you my friend for your whole hearted appreciation of my poem and the pictures. The glimpses framed themselves and called me into them to read from within. It is a special joy to read back the lines you highlighted! And they become so meaningful with what it brought up for you to share. It is so affirming to be reminded of the power of nature to renew itself. And for me I am moved to remember how I have been like that too. I truly appreciate you and your contribution to this thought process Cheryl.

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  4. What an Inspiration to compare the outward forest to the inward forest. Thinning is a necessity at times and to see the path clearly is a Great Accomplishment. Loved your photos which all pull at me to again immerse myself in a dense forest I’ve not visited for a very long time. Thank you for sharing your experiences, Pragalba. Loved this post!!! xoxo

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  5. Beautifully written. “The Forest Within
    is crowded yet clear
    at the same time”
    I relate so much. There is so much chaos inside my head and yet, there is clarity about a few important things.
    I love how nature can be so inspirational!

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    • Ah yes Hetty, it is so much about perspectives. I too thought too many branches made the path look like it is curving into the unknown while the perfect arches seemed to welcome me on the path. I agree about the Hope too – it is such a joy to have you read through my words and the trail, and reflect back to me in resonance. Thank you very much for your visit and your thoughts, means a lot to me.

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  6. Pragalbha, what a beautiful introspective write! We cannot escape the forest within but to find it clear is a blessing for sure. A walk in the woods and a walk within can surely lead to peace. Absolutely beautiful. โค๏ธ

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  7. I am readying myself for a hike though the loca forest, which is strikingly similar to these beautiful photos. The paradoxes you create in your language summon the clarity and confusion of life, of love, and of the peace that is available when we sit in silence. I was summoned to more meditation this week than normal, which proved insightful, and ever expansive. Thank you for this beautiful Saturday gift, Pragalbha.

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    • I trust that you had an enriching and nourishing time on your hike Jeff – these forests are the heaven on earth available to us and help us unearth these paradoxes. It is a joy and privilege to have your read and reflections that lend to that peace & silence. Thank you for sharing about your meditation experience this week – it affirms how powerful the current times are to me too. Thank you very much Jeff, it is a beautiful life.

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  8. The pictures and the words are beautiful, Pragalbha. I need to go on a solo walk, too and completely disconnect. The journey of publishing my book has left me drained.

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    • Thank you very much for your appreciation Smitha ๐Ÿ™‚ Wishing you some amazing solo walks soon! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hear you and can only imagine – that is a monumental task and you deserve all the unwinding!

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  9. The very first sentence struck home – The arches are welcoming, and yet the path isnโ€™t clear. How beautiful. How relatable. The lure of the arches and the fear of the path beyond. And something growing within the dead, keeping creation alive. Love your thoughts. Envy your strolls…:))

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  10. Love your poems as you describe the pathway along your walks within these images and words Pragalbha..
    Our journey may be long and often we have obstacles thrown in our path it may at times seem lonely, and full of dark shadows.. But if we seek out the Light, we can usually find a bright spot to which we can focus upon… And the Walk then is not so lonely ..
    The Forest Within…. often our loneliest journey.. Yet when we look around we see so many Trees.. Standing Tall… All going back to their roots holding them strong…

    A wonderful post and poems Pragalbha. So enjoyed walking with you โค

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