I’d rather be in the mountains thinking of God, than in church thinking about the mountains. — John Muir
I was reading an article last night describing the story of a survivor of the Chapecoense plane crash. He was one of 6 people who survived the crash, though still fighting for his life. It was said that he was reading the bible right before the plane crashed. In particular, he remembered reading a passage about ‘being safe in the shadow of your wings’.
I don’t know whether the story is real, nor whether a passage of this sort even exists in any bible, because, well, I’ve never been a religious person to pick up a bible. But I was raised with Christian beliefs, and the last time I read a bible was as a kid. I turned right to the Book of Revelation (Apocalypse), read it for several nights, and that was it for me. Throughout my adulthood, I stepped into different churches, but nothing about organized religion lit fire in my heart.
But reading this article reminded me about my own beliefs. I realized I never stopped having faith – in God, in Love, in Life, nor the process of it. Some may call it optimism, others may call it faith, but ultimately I believe that there is a higher power that loves and listens. And I trust it. And every night before I lay my head to rest, I give thanks.
Though I believe that truths are found in every religion, I don’t think I will ever join any organized religion for the sake of keeping my faith alive. This may work for some people, but it doesn’t work for me.
And I began thinking…
I do not need bibles or churches or affiliation to any religion to be a person of faith. I’ve never questioned my faith. In my ideal world, Love would be the only religion to exist, Nature our church, and Kindness and Compassion our philosophy.
The only place that has ever given me a sense of pure intoxicating Love is high among the clouds in the mountains. It’s almost unbearable to stand in the presence of their majesty. Their sight, their grandness, their beauty…I could drop to my knees and cry.
It is a powerful feeling that reminds me of how incredible life is. To exist is a privilege. To live and love is nothing short of a blessing. Standing in their presence, I am reminded that life is much bigger than myself. Everything is real out there among the elements. We cannot deny the mountains or the trees, the clouds or the rain, or the wave of emotions that floods the heart every time we remember how amazing it is to be alive. Truly alive.
So this is where I come to reconnect to that higher power –whatever you may call it or whatever you may believe it is. Some find this reconnection within a concrete building. But I?
…I find it high among the clouds, right next to the greatest of Giants. No textbooks. No idols. Just mySelf and my thoughts and my belief for love. God is a personal journey. This is mine.
Love & Light,
If you’ve ever wondered what my favorite location in Washington is, Artist Point is toward the top of the list. Magical cannot begin to describe it.
In the winter, this road is normally closed off. We’ve snowshoed down the road, and the contrast in scenery during the different seasons is incredible (winter photos here).
I’ve always said — there is no such thing as bad weather. People are just ill-equipped and make poor choices in clothing :) We’ve learned our lesson through the years. Now, you’ll hardly ever find us unprepared.
Any mountain person can attest to how quickly the weather changes high in the mountains. Because just as quickly as clouds and rain rolled in, King Sun came to grace us with his warmth.
This is not the only place that connects me to the infinite. I’ve learned to achieve that within mySelf. However, having places that feel sacred to you, whether that be in a church or outdoors, makes the experience all the more powerful. I wish every person could experience the feeling.
Sending all my love to everyone around the world <3 Thanks so much for reading :)
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