Monday, July 25, 2011

I Walked With God

It’s been an intense week, and that’s putting it mildly. Mother Nature has been less than kind, with temperatures exceeding 100 (the highest to date – 106). However, we’ve been fortunate to have relatively low humidity. I consider this a blessing.

Many have been consumed by fatigue, drained by heat exhaustion to the point of incapacitation. I’m usually somewhat passive to the extremes, thriving at both ends of the spectrum no matter what. Unfortunately, this time around, the heatwave appeared to get the best of me too, leaving me a tad tired and with limited interest in doing anything fun. (I was told this is what happens when we get older – Bite your tongue! I refuse to believe age has anything to do with it, which prompted me to fight back.)

No longer could I allow myself to be held hostage, staying indoors for fear of melting. I’ve felt guilty about choosing a car to walking, and that alone told me I needed a plan of action.

As I lay in bed last night I vowed to get up early and head outdoors (no matter how hot it was), remaining outside for a good portion of the day to prove I could endure.

To combat my nemesis, I knew I had to fight fire with water – literally. I was hydrated to the hilt and drank myself through the city as I made a beeline to the Jones Falls Trail. I haven’t been there in a while and just wanted to check in on the herons at the head of the trail, but instead I ended up walking the length of the trail under a beautiful canopy of trees, most of the afternoon.
It was, without a doubt, satisfying.

While many were in church worshiping God, and others praying to God because they drank a bit too much the night before, I was out walking with God, enjoying the majesty that is nature.

We all have impressions of a God that may or may not exist – perceiving this deity as human and/or a spirit. For me, God, is nature. It’s a mass of energy, atoms, and molecules – it’s life, thoughts and people – it’s communities, societies, countries and nations – it’s the cosmos, galaxies, undiscovered universes and beyond. All that I mention is nature.

However, the difference between your God and mine is there are no judgments, and I can always find forgiveness when I yield (this is accomplished through learning, not making the same mistake twice, being prepared and with the understanding that everything has value, especially humanity, which so many have lost. Regrettably, many haven’t forgiven themselves, so how can there be an expectation for you to forgive another because after all - we are only human, but I digress.)

When I’m outdoors thriving in my walking meditation I spend a great deal of time looking within for my purpose. I look for how I can be a better person. More importantly, I think about humanity and how much better we would all be if we stopped making it harder for the next guy.

We need to stop defining love and begin living love, and the only way to do this is to realize love is love. It doesn’t matter who you love, but that you love and feel it in return, and when it’s conditional being brave enough to walk away from that which doesn’t grow your spirit (I know this all too well).

I’ve been thinking about the following Martin Luther King, Jr. quote – “Mankind must put an end to hate or hate will put an end to mankind.” I think we all need a lesson on hate. Many are clueless of the meaning.

We need to shift our energy in a new direction, and it’s easy to do when you walk with God – the God that’s in nature.

I’m wishing everyone who reads this a wonderful week. Love more – hate less, and you will find peace. – paerki

My favorite quote: "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." - Susan B. Anthony

Additional Photos: Under A Canopy Of Trees and Industrial

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