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3 minutes ago

First hike!

4 minutes ago

A Friday night spent on a camp chair by the fire with great company and stimulating conversation, sleeping in a tent to gaze at the magnificent stars above while snuggled in tight next to your love, and waking up to the sounds of nature the next morning is far more fulfilling than any Friday night I've spent on a bar stool.

6 minutes ago

It's a heart hehe.

12 minutes ago

During my hike in the Snowy Range on Friday, it suddenly hit me that our lives on this Earth are really quite short, especially in the context of billions of years of geologic history. When compared to such vast stretches of time, our lives are like a mere blip. In that sense, our existence is *almost* illusory. However, this kind of reflection didn't cause me to begin thinking about an afterlife. I'm not convinced that time continues in linear fashion "after" we die. There may in fact be no "after." Instead, I often wonder if time then doubles back on itself, placing us right back into existence - here and now - on some other plane. More truly, however, I had the sense while in the mountains that I - and each of us - actually exist forever as a "thought in the mind of God." Or, if you prefer, as an image in the memory of the landscape we inhabit. In the mountains, I sensed my awareness grasped and held by a Source that is placed, as it were, behind me. It is like sinking back into a vast and loving Gaze. This experience of being-grasped and held at the root of our existence is especially evident during the meditation practice of Contemplative Prayer, where we allow our awareness to be grasped from within the endless canyon of our being by the magnetic presence of the Beloved dwelling within our depths, while our thoughts and emotions circulate like stars in the sky above. It is in this reality of being lovingly gazed-upon, this being- grasped as an eternal thought in the mind of God, that our existence most truly consists. Of this I am absolutely convinced. When I came home after my hike to eat dinner with my wife, brother-in-law and sister-in law, I probably seemed like an errant shot out of the blue. With my Einstein hair (I need a haircut) and ebulient expression of insights, my wife said I seemed like Moses coming down off the mountain. I think I merely irritated my brother-in-law and perplexed my sister-in-law with my cosmic pronouncements. But I know that the Snowy Range had mediated a fresh awareness of Reality to me that day. And for that I am grateful. Photo: Glacier Lilies, Snowy Range, WY, June 23, 2017

13 minutes ago

Visiting a subalpine marsh in late June and early July is one of the best ways to experience a direct sense of the fecundity and exuberance of the life-force that inhabits all of creation. There, acres of creamy Globeflowers spread out - often interspersed with equally abundant white Marsh-Marigolds - giving the impression that these flowers are expressing the very joy of the mountains. I really don't mind the soggy boots and wet knees that are the necessary consequence of immersing myself in such utter joy and exuberance! Photo: Globeflowers, Snowy Range, WY, June 23, 2017 https://www.resourcesforspiritualgrowth.com/ #contemplativelife #snowyrange #outdoorwoman #mountainman #joy #exuberance #globeflower #beauty #beautiful #stephenhatch #wildernessbabes #wildernessculture #wildernessmysticism #alpinewildflowers

15 minutes ago

Meadows of purple Sky Pilot spread out above the treeline - what a sense of royalty and nobility they bring! Purple is one of the most mystical of the colors, for it exquisitely unifies the blue of meditative calmness with the red of longing, desire and passion. After all, that is what life in this world is really all about . . . Photo: Sky Pilot, with Medicine Bow Peak in the background, Snowy Range, WY, June 23, 2017 https://www.resourcesforspiritualgrowth.com/ #stephenhatch #wildernessculture #wildernessbabes #wildernessmysticism #beauty #beautiful #mountainman #outdoorwoman #snowyrange #mysticalpurple #purple #contemplativelife #skypilot #alpinewildflowers

15 minutes ago

Hard to believe this was a year ago. Still one of my favourite summer evenings.. there were so many wildflowers 😍This is also one of my favourite pictures of the three of us (it's up on my dining room wall). Thanks @cody_the_nelson for this perfection! #pippintheadventurepup #tooktheadventurepup

20 minutes ago

Left the road and took the trails 🍃💦🏔

24 minutes ago

Fell in love with the Eastern Sierra this weekend. It was the best birthday gift. Can't wait to go back and explore even more. 😍✌🏼🌲⛰

25 minutes ago

Yeah, musha rain dum a doo, dum a da, ha, yeah 💛💚💛

26 minutes ago

There's nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you've been missing the whole point of the ocean. #freediving

39 minutes ago

Once upon a time in Kauai I found that beautiful plant 🌱

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