Ahhhh...To be back in nature. I think back to a week ago today, and realize I was attempting to complete 100 miles in a day. A damaged knee took me out of the race, but today, 7 days later, I am back out in nature and loving every minute of it. I am grateful for my health and strong will to heal, for that is why I am better today. After recomendations from Mr. Bimble I decided to put in a few hours of walking rather than jump right into the running scene again. I headed into town and ventured off to the Nature Conservacy of Arizona. It is a beautiful peice of property, and I was able to observe a few red tailed hawks, whitetailed deer and of course squirrels. I believe this property hosts over 100 different speicies of birds!! Walking down the Creek Trail I found a peaceful spot along side the water. I would stay here for awhile and reflect quite a bit about life. With all the wars and terror and destructive works of man, it is easy to see thisworld as a negative place. But there is so much beauty to see. Everywhere I look, I se beauty. Seeing God in all things allows us to appreciate all that we have. Even the objects or people we may see as ugly or gross,a re images of beauty. As I open my heart, I begin to get more out of life, and eliminate all the superficial needs and want of the society we live in. I wake up daily and give thanks for my health, family, community, and the ability to express myself in my work and daily actions. How can we be the truest expression of ourselves when we are constantly pushing to be someone we are not. We must realize the best person we can or will ever be is our true selves. When we reach that point in life, if we ever do, then we are liberated. Being in nature, amongst the trees, insects, plants, and animals, I am able to forget able reaching anygoals and simply be. It is such a wonderful feeling.
Here are a few images of beauty from today's venture: