Thursday, August 28, 2014

"The Mountains are calling and I must go"

 ***  We are about to head out on a short little camping trip to sooth our savage beasts and clear our heads.  I can never quite articulate how I feel about getting outside, so I will let John Muir do it for me, better than I ever could. 

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.
- The Yosemite (1912), page 256.

Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
- Muir quoted by Samuel Hall Young in Alaska Days with John Muir (1915) chapter 7

Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. Here grow the wallflower and the violet. The squirrel will come and sit upon your knee, the logcock will wake you in the morning. Sleep in forgetfulness of all ill. Of all the upness accessible to mortals, there is no upness comparable to the mountains.
- John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, (1938), page 235.

As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.
- Quoted from Muir Journals (undated fragment, c. 1871) by Linnie Marsh Wolfe, Son of the Wilderness: The Life of John Muir (1945) page 144.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

In my head lately...

"We’re [so] attached to what we [are] going to do — and how we will share that with the world — that we forget what it feels like to just simply live a life undocumented, unshared and unrecorded. "  Abundant Mama

I've been off Facebook for two weeks now and it's taken about that long to quit thinking in status updates, which is ridiculous.  I had no idea how noisy my life had become until I turned off what was essentially a nonstop clamor of other people saying stuff.  Good stuff, mostly.  Some bad stuff.  But it was mostly just noise.   And laws, but my head had been aching for quiet for a long time.  

As a naturally anxious and high strung person, I've always sought out the quiet and the space to give myself a little room to breathe. I love parties, groups, and events, but I need SPACE and time to recover from it all and I need a lot of it.  With four kids around all the time, solitude is in short supply here.  I've always been like that but recently the strain started to feel unbearable.  So much noise.  Most of it, though, was coming from elements of my life that I thought were essential and I have learned that they just weren't.  

I have LOVED being away from Facebook.  It's been like turning off a loud TV I forgotten was on.  There is literally no reason I can think of to be on there any more.   I've paid more attention to the life I am living and the people in my home.  Enough attention that I realized we needed more space like that in our lives.  We dropped some activities we had been in, added some purposeful time together, upped the time we spend with people from church, turned off the tv and ipads more, and made room in our day-to-day life for peace and quiet.  

It's been real good. 

At the end of the day, I have been moving towards a purposefully slower and more intentioned type of life.  One that may look a little different than others, but really, who has a typical life?  We all make different choices from different circumstances and our lives will look different as a result.  With so many people in this family that need the space, the routine, and the peace that comes from a smaller selection of choices, I've found that limiting what we keep in our lives has been unbelievably freeing.