“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
Rachel Carson, American biologist and writer

Slide Fire

We citizens stand by, nearly helpless, as fire burns in the canyons and forests of Sedona, the land that Ilchi Lee so lovingly speaks of in The Call of Sedona. In fact, it is Oak Creek Canyon where he suggests a contemplative “Water-Sound Self-Healing Meditation” in his book.

So now these canyon lands will offer another kind of contemplation: one that inspires us to share healing energy with the earth, the water, the birds and animals, the humans, and the air that are all affected by the fire.

And perhaps, the fire will offer a contemplation of the impermanence of things as well: We can drive by a place a hundred times, believing it has always been there, and will always be there, just as it is. But impermanence is our constant companion as we travel through life, and any perceived loss can serve as a reminder to look with eyes that “see” and to feel gratitude for all that life on this beautiful planet offers.

In these contemplations, and during this time of dismay, may we each find the “reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”

By Lynn A. Trombetta