People’s views and ideas are seeds, ready to be swept away (spread) by the wind (dialogue and experience). In order to cultivate a garden (mindfulness) filled with various flowers (understanding of various people), one has to collect different seeds (opinions, outlooks, understandings) blown by different winds (people in different cultures and walks of life). One has to regularly water these various seeds (gain a true understanding of the person you are engaging with, through listening, asking questions and introspection. One has to challenge one’s own views. One has to rebuild one’s views as one’s ignorance melts away). This is how one cultivates and maintains a healthy and diverse garden; a garden which any visitor will feel comfortable to visit. This is a garden void of prejudice, preconceived ideas and misconceptions. This is a garden of empathy, a garden that intelligently thinks about lives of other flowers. This garden does not only concern itself with its own flowers, but includes the seeds and flowers of others.
During our Magaliesburg hike at Rustig this weekend we spotted a kettle of vultures, drifting in the wind with wings spread; using nature’s air currents as their mode of transport.
Note: editing RAW comes in handy. The accentuation of the clouds created the dramatic effect that I wanted. All in the name of art and expression.
You see that tree you drive past every day?
Park on the side of the road. Climb out of your car and your comfort. Walk and use your legs man! Were you given legs to work the gas and clutch? No, you were not.
Fill your lungs with air and walk. Go walk right up to that tree. What do you see?
Plain old bark? Oh wait, there is something more… There is green stuff, oh yes – “dis mos mos.” Moss is hugging the tree. Moss is covering the bark like a lover’s kiss covers your soul with warmth.
I’m glad you opened your eyes. I’m glad you stretched your legs and walked. There is an entire planed on the bark of that one tree! How could you have missed that? Well it’s easy really, to miss the planet on the tree. All you have to do to miss it; is to stay in your car.
When you hold a coin close enough to your eye, you can hide almost everything in sight -even the wonderful sunset that is unfolding right before your very eyes. You simply cannot see it, because you are focusing on the coin and not the bigger picture.
It is all about perspective, right?
Don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. Don’t lose sight of the ultimate sacrifice on the cross. Don’t lose perspective on your eternity in the context of your everyday life.
Be wary of getting caught up in:
1 – the rat race (career, money, success, the billionaires, YMCMB)
2 – your comfort (financial security, the couch)
3 – what people think of you (i.e. your identity, fitting in, acceptance of the world)
4 – the entertainment distraction (the youtubes, memes, facebooks, instagrams, snapchats, series, movies)
5 – pride
6 – my personal list goes on and on and on…
The cross will be there when the sun sets and the cross will be there when the sun rises.
And behind the cross sits a Father with a torrential rain of unrelenting love.
Over Easter we drove from Jozi to Paarl and stopped over at the Three Sisters for the night – a place which sits on the border of the Northern Cape and Western Cape and is somewhat of a halfway house (albeit a tiny house with half a bedroom with half a shower) between Beaufort West and Colesberg along the N1. Check it out: 31°53’40.4″S 23°05’46.7″E
The Three Sisters are named after three hills that jut out into the sky, each with a similar and distinctly unique shape that sets it apart form the rest of the scenery. The farm is smack in the middle of the Karoo. The harsh, arid and stony Karoo – perfect for some landscape photography. A part of me wanted to take climb the surrounding landscapes with tent and rucksack.
Below is a picture of me attempting to record a time lapse of the Three Sisters across a body of water during sunset. Needless to say, my compact SLR did a good job and some post editing yielded a nice time lapse #thumbsup.
An excerpt of the farm’s history:
To see the rest of their history (pages 2 through 5), better go visit the farm on your next trip down to the Cape!