Myriad reflections

Myriad Reflections, Craigellachie Lochan, Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, Aviemore

The birch trees on the lochan’s edge were just coming into leaf.  Although it was an overcast day the sun was showing enough to create a bright spot which combined with the size of the ripples to create this multitude of fragmented reflections.

“He showed me a sketch he’d drawn once during meditation. It was an androgynous human figure, standing up, hands clasped in prayer. But this figure had four legs, and no head. Where the head should have been, there was only a wild foliage of ferns and flowers. There was a small, smiling face drawn over the heart.

To find the balance you want,” Ketut spoke through his translator, “this is what you must become. You must keep your feet grounded so firmly on the earth that it’s like you have four legs, instead of two. That way, you can stay in the world. But you must stop looking at the world through your head. You must look through your heart, instead. That way, you will know God.”

– Elizabeth Gilbert, ‘Eat, Pray, Love’

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