Friday, July 10, 2009

Nature & Contemplation: Esalen 2009

Nature & Contemplation at Esalen

"Nature is never spent: there lives the dearest freshness deep down things," writes the mystic poet Gerard Manley Hopkins.

One word: Gratefulness

Gratefulness for the many opportunities to touch the dearest freshness deep down things.

Gratefulness for Brother David, everyone in our group, Big Creek Reserve, Esalen, Partington Cove, Slates Hot Springs, good food, perfect weather, mountain lion scat, condor feathers, deep pools of clean fresh water, waves, poems, redwoods, The Hermitage, silence, a fuller breath, soft eyes, the more and ever more, Gravity, belonging, the sponge, dialogue, wholeheartedness, fearlessness, and to doing the next right thing...

"When we re- move the world from our shoulders we notice:
It doesn't drop. Where is the responsibility ? "
~ John Cage


Nature & Contemplation Photo Collection or as Slideshow
Steven K Harper
New Camaldoli Hermitage