Finding The Sacred

 So much has been written about humankind's search for the sacred.  So many devote their lives to this endeavor.

To me, the sacred exists in the smallest of details...

in the things that often go un-noticed in this fast-paced world of ours.

Every morning, as I step outside the shelter of my home and into the welcoming bosom of Mother Nature, I am reminded of how miraculous our world is - how life is woven together so randomly, yet so precisely - so utterly perfect in detail.

Some days I try to meditate on just one perfect detail.  Yesterday's detail was the dew that clung to every available surface.  Life-giving water - so abundantly distributed, and yet so easily over-looked.

We are lucky that the farm is in an an area where there is an abundance of water.  For so much of the earth, this is not the case.  But for us, we experience it in all of its states - through rain, snow, steam, ice, fog, and the tiny dew drop.  It runs in tiny trickles through crevices in the earth... tiny trickles become streams that grow into larger, fast moving bodies of water... 

eventually finding their way back to the origin of all water - the seas.

Today, however, let's work our way backwards from the sea to that tiny, minuscule drop of water clinging to each and every leaf on the farm - the dew.

A million shimmering diamonds could not be more beautiful than a dew-laden pasture in the morning sun!

The dew turns a spiderweb into a piece of stunning jewelry - unsurpassed by anything Cartier could design.

To anyone who feels the heavy weight of a mundane life, I would counsel - get outside, silence your brain, and open your heart and your senses.  Then, prepare to be amazed and delighted.  This life on earth is sacred, and there is evidence of the sacred all around us - even in the smallest molecules.  We merely need to be present to appreciate it.


We enjoyed a perfect, cool, fall-like day yesterday. 

The equines grazed without fly masks in the crisp morning air.

The sheep were appropriately dressed in their woolen sweaters.

The pigs stood stalwartly waiting -

for their daily apple snacks.

And, the dogs ran and played with wild abandon - 

yes, thankfully, Chester is back to normal!

It was so evident that all were happily enjoying the morning!

Ollie napped in the sun,

while Hubbs and I picked the last of the pears (ugly, yes - but oh, so tasty!)

and the day's offering of tomatoes and peppers from the garden.

I've said it so many times - life is good!

Life is so good.  It's these small moments that make it so.

To me, you can have all the money and possessions in the world, and you will not know the peaceful tranquility that can be found in that which is available for free.  We don't need the trappings of our modern world, but we desperately need the tiny moments of wonder and serenity so sacredly given us by nature.  



Comments

PandaLover0205 said…
This was very nice to read and made my day brighter! Thank you for your words and lovely pictures! :)
colleen said…
I have a very hard time to stop and "smell the roses". I'm always in a rush. I joined a challenge about a month ago and it is to make a point to to get outside and enjoy what it has to offer. It's called fire and sky challenge. The fire can be as small as a candle or big as a fire in the fire pit. I also have a fountain on my deck and it is very soothing and makes me be aware of my surroundings and makes me be in the moment. I'm keeping a journal of my experience. Your blogs on this topic also makes me slow down and enjoy the "free" things in life. Thanks Bev xoxoxo
jaz@octoberfarm said…
and the kitty from nowhere is now taking pony rides. it's a wonderful world! now if willie can heal without surgery!
Jody in Georgia said…
Today's post was definitely food for thought. I've always thought of myself as "a hot house flower" and rarely ventured out for much except to jump in the car to run errands. Your post made me think about what I'm missing and vow to get outside more and "smell those roses"! Thanks for the gentle nudge!
Mimi of Five said…
Wonderfully written and so very true. When we become one with nature, the world in which we live is good!
littlemancat said…
Perfect. I will think on water today - thank you, Bev.
And the turtle on the river rock and Pete on his pony...
Mary
THE BEARDED ONE said…
OHHHHH...HOW I LOVE THESE...YOU JUST BLOW ME AWAYS W/THE BRILLANCE OF YOUR COMMENTS...WOW...WHAT A GREAT MIND YOU HAVE...YOU JUST MAKE THINGS COME TO LIFE...EACH DAY YOUR POSTS ARE SO WONDERFULLY ENJOYABLE AND SO LOOKED FORWARD TO...WE ALSO GROW EVERYTHING ORGANICALLY...HAVE NOT USED POISON OR FERTALIZER FOR WAY OVER 40 YEARS...I USE MANURE...I SURE WISH IT WAS POSSIBLE TO MET YOU AND HUBBS...I'D SURE LIKE TO COME AND SEE YOUR PLACE IN PERSON..BUT I KNOW WE CANNOT DO THAT...SOOOOOO I'LL JUST ENJOY WHAT YOU SEND US...THANK YOU A MILLION TIMES OVER !!! AWESOME !!!!



EDGAR C. BEARD
This N That said…
I agree with the bearded one… I love seeing dew on spender webs…Getting my shoes wet on morning walks…They are the good things..hugs
Patty McDonald said…
Oh you are so right! My hubby and I feel so blessed to have enjoyed our acreage for 45 years. We moved here when it was a small town of 1,400. We've raised all the critters like you....except sheep. Loved all of them. We are now 10 hens and 2 dogs....along with the occasional coyote, racoon, or opossum. The red tailed hawks that swoop overhead we consider ours too. We know they are free to roam but our place is home....plenty of snakes, mice, and bunnies for them to hunt. We are on a well and have excellent water. The well company said we could have a 25 year drought and still have water....it's that good of a producer. Our city has grown to over 125,0000...yes...we are in southern California and it's built up with tract homes (60' x 100' lots if their lucky). A freeway is very close to us and most people have sold out to developers. We are aging but so enjoy the fruits of our labor....giant trees, our garden, our well, and all the wild life around us. We'll stay here until we're forced to move. There is nothing like providing for your family with food and water and enjoying the simple things in life.
Wow is that Pete in that last pic on the horse? He is getting so brave.
Unknown said…
The simplest task, to sit quietly, to breath, to see.... requires nothing but sitting.. oh to be in that quiet moment of respite.
Thank you for letting us 'sit' and 'breath' through your Blog.
Unknown said…
Bev,, the above/unknown is me, Katmom
Lynne said…
Wonderful post Bev . . .
Embracing the sacred all around . . .