timelessness and quiet ecstasy

7.14.20 ~ ring-billed gull cooling his feet at Eastern Point Beach

The humidity lowered just a tad on Tuesday morning so we snuck down to the beach for an early morning walk. The only gull out and about was on the rocks, a ring-billed one with his bright yellow legs. He wanted to be friends and walk along with us.

When we went down on the sand he decided to come, too, and lead the way.

follow me, please
pardon me while I cool off my feet again

Then Tim spotted a butterfly flitting about on the wrack line!

monarch butterfly

When it moved to the sand I tried to get a shot of it with its wings open.

shadow on the sand

Yet there are other windows through which we humans can look out into the world around us, windows through which the mystics and the holy men of the East, and the founders of the great world religions, have gazed as they searched for the meaning and purpose of our life on earth, not only in the wondrous beauty of the world, but also in its darkness and ugliness. And those Masters contemplated the truths that they saw, not with their minds only but with their hearts and souls too. From those revelations came the spiritual essence of the great scripitures, the holy books, and the most beautiful mystic poems and writings. That afternoon, it had been as though an unseen hand had drawn back a curtain and, for the briefest moment, I had seen through such a window. In a flash of “outsight” I had known timelessness and quiet ecstasy, sensed a truth of which mainstream science is merely a small fraction. And I knew that the revelation would be with me for the rest of my life, imperfectly remembered yet always within. A source of strength on which I could draw when life seemed harsh or cruel or desperate.
~ Jane Goodall
(Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey)

nature’s delightful composition
gull tracks
song sparrow having its breakfast

I’d sit on logs like pulpits
listen to the sermon
of sparrows
and find god in Simplicity,
there amongst the dandelion
and thorn

~ Jewel
(A Night Without Armor)

wild carrot (Queen Anne’s lace)

We now have 144 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our town. Our county (New London) has 1,345 confirmed cases. Of those 4 are still in the hospital and 102 have lost their lives. I fret over the figures coming out of North Carolina and Georgia, where my children live. Stay safe and take care…

16 thoughts on “timelessness and quiet ecstasy”

  1. I love that the gull liked walking with you and then led the way! And the photo of it paddling. All that sea and it has to cool its feet in a little rock pool. πŸ™‚

    Very worrying about the increase in cases in your area, let’s hope it levels off quickly. x

    1. Of course I actually have no idea why the gull liked standing in the water. Maybe his feet hurt from too much walking. He was drinking the water when we first got there. He was quite a character. πŸ™‚

      Have cases leveled off in Wales, Val? Are you still under stay-at-home restrictions?

      1. Really difficult to know for sure as there seems to be no standard measurement, and most of the cases in the UK that are counted, are only cases in hospitals. Also they keep coming out with crazy stuff like “this is the first 24 hours in which there have been no new cases” and then base relaxations of the rules on that, when really there need to be no more new cases for far longer. Where I live, it’s very rural and the infection rate has been much lower than the cities. We can go out a bit more than before, in Wales. We had a five mile travel limit – and that has been lifted, but we still can’t go indoors to visit people, or use their toilets!! It hasn’t been thought out properly.

        1. It’s so hard making sense of the numbers! I have one website I visit for local numbers so at least there is some consistency in the way they are reported. Our governor decided not to let bars open today, after seeing what is happening in other states. Not sure what is going to happen about reopening schools. Parents have some terribly difficult choices to make. We’re not supposed to visit people indoors, too. And people coming here from other states are supposed to quarantine for two weeks but it doesn’t seem like something that can be effectively enforced. Our semi-retired neighbor just got a job taking the temperatures of the people entering a store. He has to wear full “personal protective equipment.” What a bizarre world we live in now.

          1. It is very odd these days. I can’t see that quarantining for just 2 weeks would do much as it can take longer for the symptoms to show. We’ve similar rules here, too. I keep losing track of what’s happening in the UK (and of course, England – which is in the news most – is different from the other parts of it as Wales and Scotland and N.Ireland have devolved governments) but pubs (bars) have reopened – and a few have already had to close when the virus made an appearance.

          2. Looks like travelers entering the state through the airport will be greeted by paperwork to fill out stating how and where you intend to quarantine for two weeks. They plan to check up on you and there is a $1,000 fine for not complying. Watching the news every evening is pretty interesting. Not sure how they plan to catch up with people driving into the state. I’m waiting to see how they settle the question about school for the kids in the fall…

  2. The photos and words are very peaceful…the numbers count not so much. We are so isolated here it’s hard to imagine how you must feel with that many cases in your town. Hoping your loved ones stay safe too.

    1. Walking and meditating on the beach is so peaceful but it is always jarring to return to the chaos surrounding us. It stirs up a very primal sense of fear. I hope you and your loved ones keep safe, too, Kathy.

  3. I love Jane Goodall’s words when she speaks of the Masters contemplating “the truths that they saw, not with their minds only but with their hearts and souls too”. Beauty is far more than a visual experience, but I always feel that you feel that way too, Barbara. πŸ™‚
    Stay safe. xx

    1. There are so many scientists who appreciate the spiritual essence of the universe they see and study, the beauty and the ugliness. And those who can write about it are dear to my heart. β™‘ Capturing glimpses of beauty in the natural world with my camera is very healing for me. May we all keep doing our best to stay safe! πŸ™‚

  4. In love with your beach finds! I wish there are sea birds hanging about on our beach, too. And I hope you stay safe and healthy amid the rising cases at your place. Are there new restrictions or?

    1. Our bird population seems to be declining, too. You don’t even have gulls? I thought one could find them by the sea anywhere in the world.

      Thank you for your well wishes! I suspect we will be living with various restrictions for the foreseeable future….

  5. Gull tracks! I like all your photos, but that one is a delight. I agree about how healing nature can be, when you take the time to slow down and really see it.

    1. Aren’t the gull tracks adorable? Seeing them always cheers me up. πŸ™‚ I never know what I will see when I take a walk, but it is very often an unanticipated surprise.

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