I recently paid a much needed visit to my home town of Batavia, Illinois. It was brief, but helped. It's good to get back in touch with your roots ... if you have any. That's a tough one for me, because I often feel like I don't belong anywhere as I've moved so much. But [...]
If you are feeling closed in and disconnected from those around you and feel as if no one understands, try to find a place outside where you can comfortably lie down on a towel with minimal distractions. Ideally, this is a place that does not feel closed in by trees on all sides and is [...]
The fields do not sleep and tonight neither do I. Country roads beckon me and I wander not quite alone, fireflies are quiet but sure friends.
Never feel separate from the wild It made you The sea preceded you shapes the planet and you are wild too.
The universe is not blind to your suffering, but it does want you to notice its ebb and flow. Your suffering is not constant and neither is the tide. It will wash over you, but it won't stay forever.
You may feel as though no one sees the depth of your pain or bears witness to your struggles and efforts. The universe nature can hold that pain for you in its entirety. It misses nothing in its constant presence. And when you come to the sea, come as you are. You will be seen [...]
If nothing else inspires or sustains you today Rest in knowing that nature can hold your problems Your fears With kindness and without judgment. The sun is not stingy with its warmth On days when people disappoint. If you lie in the forest or the fields You'll find expansiveness. The ground can hold you up [...]
This was by far my most favorite day in Iceland, though all of my time spent there was absolutely amazing. This day, however, stands out as particularly beautiful and surreal. Above you see the blacksand beach where glacial icebergs wash up. The Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon [below] was absolutely breathtaking. The glacial icebergs had an etheral glow [...]
Grad school and "real life" have prevented me from fully processing my Iceland adventure as of late... Anyway, on day two of our adventure my friend and I woke early to eat breakfast with our new friend Petula. I was surprised to see warm beans served at breakfast as well as some assorted cold meat [...]