The Great Heart

Light dancer

If we demand enlightenment, it hides. . . All that we can do is make ourselves enlightenment-prone.  We learn to treasure the possibility of awakening in all moments and circumstances.  We learn to simplify and cultivate the receptivity of heart that can be touched by profound understanding.  We learn to listen deeply and discover stillness amid the movement in our world.

~ Christina Feldman

This morning the sunlight and fog became partners in a dance across the pond.  They whirled and twirled, dipped and lifted.  As autumn wears on and the sunlight and fog no longer meet, I’ll think of this type of fog as ghost dancers, but for a few weeks fog and light will meet and they will waltz, tango, and jitterbug around the pond.

I love this time of year.  When I went out for my walk early this morning it was an invigorating 39 degrees (F).  I know some people will think of that as chilly or even downright cold.  To me, it’s refreshing and wonderful.

The best way to describe it:  I am awake after a long summer of sleep.

This morning I did The Great Heart Meditation which was one of the meditations in Yoga Journal’s 28-day Meditation Revolution challenge I did.  Sally Kempton, who leads the meditations for the challenge, describes the Great Heart as “the spaciousness that opens out from behind the heart” where “you begin to find yourself connecting to… the true source of life.”

This was the last of the meditations, done in week 4, and my favorite.  It’s tough to describe, but it’s a little like finding a doorway to the connection to All, to Love, to Life, to Joy.

Or maybe it’s a little like the sunlight and fog that marry in an ephemeral and ethereal dance.  The two become one great light and dance.  Joy.  Heart.  Call it whatever you will.

Capturing it, or describing it, is never easy.  Neither my photos nor my words are as good as being there in that moment when it happens.

It is a beautiful way to start the day.  Not a bad way to end it, either.  Sometimes the dance occurs in the evening, at sunset.  But you’re much more likely to catch it in the early morning hours.

Morning sunlight hits the pond.

That’s it from the Bogs for today.  Thank you for joining me on my morning walk and meditation.  It’s a lovely afternoon, perfect for a hike around the pond and into the woods.  The boats are still in the water for now so feel free to row or pedal around the pond.  Let’s meet on the deck to watch the sunset.  Perhaps we’ll get lucky and the Light Dancers will return for an evening show.

Morning reflection

The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment.

~ Yogi Tea tag wisdom

Scattered reflections


32 Comments on “The Great Heart”

  1. Kathy says:

    Happy awakening, Robin!

  2. ocean1025 says:

    I know we didn’t collaborate on this one, Robin…but I couldn’t help myself. I used some of your beautiful photography in my own homage to the Autumn Equinox:

  3. Phil Lanoue says:

    Whoa! Those are excellent Robin!

  4. Joanne says:

    That was beautiful Robin. I didn’t want the light dancing to end. 🙂

  5. Oh, Robin, both your words and images are stunning. As Kathy said, happy awakening!

  6. artsifrtsy says:

    Really beautiful shots – I love the fog with the golden glow – so stunning and peaceful.

  7. Beautiful words and pictures! Thank you for sharing your walk!

  8. These were incredible photos.. a really gorgeous series of dancing light!! How fortunate you are to experience this in person!!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Smidge. The fog and light are wonderful this time of year, and yes, I do feel very fortunate to be able to experience them (when I’m not being lazy and sleeping in!).

  9. Like you, Robin, I love an invigorating walk in 39 degree temperatures. How I miss that. At least I get to live vicariously through your posts, your walks and meditations. Lovely photos, especially I love the ones with the leaves… 🙂

  10. Gracie says:

    These are beautiful, Robin! The “light dancers” are definitely magical.

  11. Sallyann says:

    Waltz, tango and jitterbug… wonderful descriptions of beautiful pictures. 🙂

  12. dearrosie says:

    Perfect inspiration for my meditation! Thank you.

  13. Wish I had been there to see it!

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