blue jay

“In summer, the song sings itself.”
– William Carlos Williams

What a beautiful sentiment to wrap around a summer day! Arizona days are quite warm, and Sedona is no exception. Yet even when the desert sun, as Ilchi Lee says in The Call of Sedona, “has been scorching as though it would bleach the whole world,” the scene is alive with the “song” of nature.

Nature’s song is so full and so present that as quickly as you isolate the pleasure from this desert breeze or that exciting flicker of a blue jay’s wing, something new captures your attention. We are like children in a candy store—a delight at every turn!

As we settle in to the scene, quieting our mind and stilling our body, we become a part of the great beauty that surrounds us. Nothing has changed . . . this presence was always here, we just were going too fast in our mind to notice the gift of the moment!

And there is no greater time or place than this to ponder the idea of contrast. In the heat of summer, we can recall the cold of winter. In the brightness of day there is the darkness of shadow. In our most difficult times, there is the glimmer of hope.

The concept of contrast is good to remember as we soak in the beauty of a place, and recognize ourselves as part of the song.

By Lynn A. Trombetta