43: Reflections

(Morning reflections on the pond.)

Reflection is a recognition rather than knowledge.

~ Jean-Paul Sartre

It was warm when I went out for my walk this morning.  In the upper 40’s.  It wasn’t that long ago that I mentioned 40’s would eventually come to be a warm temperature.  I just didn’t think it would be this soon.

(A drop of rain.)

It was also very humid.  We had rain overnight and it gave everything a good soaking.  The air was still and quiet, almost thick with silence, broken up occasionally by the cawing of a crow, the screeching of a blue jay, or the chattering of the kingfisher who lives by the pond.

Except for the occasional ripple from a fish, the pond was like glass.  Calm.  Smooth.  Reflective.

I like the way reflections turn the world upside down.

(The sky on the pond.)

Only when the clamor of the outside world is silenced will you be able to hear the deeper vibration.  Listen carefully.

~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

(Reaching for the sky.)

During my daily walks there are moments — sometimes brief flashes, sometimes huge chunks of time — when I feel the connection that the spiritual gurus talk about.  One with everything, as the old joke goes.  They are heart- and soul-expanding moments.

Today I realized those moments are accompanied by a big smile.  I must look pretty goofy out there at times.  It’s a good thing there is nobody around to see me.


23 Comments on “43: Reflections”

  1. Kel says:

    spending time in nature, just being, or focusing on small moments and making memories of them is a grand way to experience that ‘oneness’

  2. Karma says:

    I feel that connection you are talking about most often when I am at the beach at a quiet time, but not nearly as often as I’d like!

    The glass-like lake reflections are amazing!

  3. jenna says:

    Reflections of!
    The way life used to be!
    Reflections of!
    The love you took from me!
    (is it love, or life?)

    Oh, I’m all alone now…
    No love to shield me… trapped in a world
    A distorted reality

  4. jenna says:

    Hmmm. Your blog pals are going to think I’m odd.
    That’s ok.

    I felt SUPREMELY inspired to leave that comment. Supremely.

    • Robin says:

      J: LOL! I’ve been singing that song all day (or at least since using the word Reflections in the title).

      You did SUPREMELY well with it. 😀

  5. Kathy says:

    Glad to hear that you are feeling such connective moments. Breaths of silence, of communion. Thinking about you smiling…I wish more people could see you smiling. they would want some of what you have!

  6. Kala says:

    I too feel the connection when I take my camera for a walk in the woods with me. Love the image of the rain drop on the branch.

  7. Marianne says:

    I agree. I too, like the way reflections turn the world upside down. I also like the way my own reflections turn my world upside down. Sounds like it was a delightfully peaceful day.

  8. ladyfi says:

    I love that feeling of connection that you talk about. Your wonderful photos really capture that feeling!

  9. Anna says:

    I really like the trees and clouds reflected on the pond. Love reflections like that.

    You wrote: “During my daily walks there are moments — sometimes brief flashes, sometimes huge chunks of time — when I feel the connection that the spiritual gurus talk about. One with everything, as the old joke goes. They are heart- and soul-expanding moments.”

    Indeed, I know what you mean… understood. I have those flashes, unexplainable, brought on by the slant of the sun, or the colors of a landscape, or a scent on the wind… and almost like a memory there on the edge of consciousness. Beautiful and soulful soul expanding. 🙂

    You know, I tend to ramble concerning your posts and photos. LOL 🙂

    • Robin says:

      That’s ok, Anna. I like it when people ramble. Besides, I’ve been known to ramble a bit at your place, too. lol! 🙂

      It’s nice to know others experience those flashes. I think of them as Divine Moments.

  10. I love these shots! I had to stop on every one of them. I’m a sucker for almost any kind of reflection, though. Great job!

  11. Norm says:

    A great place to visit today – wonderful words and pics Robin.

    • Robin says:

      NORM!! (I feel like this might be an episode of Cheers… lol!)

      It’s so good to see you out and about again. *Hugs* to you, guy. I’m glad you enjoyed your visit. 🙂

  12. Bo Mackison says:

    Reflections — one of my favorites. These are wonderful–I love visiting your special place, Robin. You make it seem so peaceful.

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