Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Seeing With Your Heart

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Henry David Thoreau

For days we had the most beautiful blue skies.
 Daily walks were taken to make the most of the gorgeous weather.
And, of course, as I walk, I'm aware.
Looking up, down, left, right, all around.
On my Instagram account, someone locally asked "where are the best spots to observe nature like this?
I told her I just walk along the paths or around the neighborhoods and am always looking for something interesting.  
But another person commented that the best spot to find it is in your heart because it leads you to observe beauty. 
I thought that was a lovely way of looking at it and so very true.  
Beauty is all around if we just take the time to see it.

With the first step, the number of shapes the walk might take is infinite, but then the walk begins to define itself as it goes along, though freedom remains total with each step: any tempting side road can be turned into an impulse, or any wild patch of woods can be explored.  The pattern of the walk is to come true, is to be recognized, discovered.
A.R. Ammons, A Poem is a Walk
The mere thought of walking outdoors on a brilliant golden-blue day causes fireworks of delight to go off in most people’s psyche.  It gives one an instant feeling of happiness and that is meditation!  We are not 
only in touch, at that moment, with the physical splendour of nature, but also with the beauty of merging our own spiritual nature with it.
Karen Zebroff  
Walking with intention; seeing with the heart.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

25 comments:

busybusybeejay said...

lovely photos.Sunshine?What is that?It has rained,rained and even more rain here for weeks.Please send me a bit of sunshine.You obviously very well travelled.WYhere is next on your list?

Mary said...

Wish we could share a walk together Tammy - on the other hand perhaps we'd be so busy chatting we'd miss all the pretty things Nature would share with us along the way!!! Love those 'poems' - so well said.

Glad you have great walking weather - we have pouring rain again today, this is the craziest December weather ever.
We do have to go out though and run some errands, then meet our daughter and her boyfriend for supper - we offered to take them to a new Mexican place we found recently - best Mexican food in town we think!

Luckily I do have new waterproof booties. I treated myself - an after Christmas present, and they arrived yesterday - I just might give them the wet break-in test today!

Happy New Year to you and the family my dear.
Have loved sharing with you this year.
Hugs - Mary

Debby said...

I like walking with "heart". Nature is really beautiful and you can find the beauty anywhere. Hope you are doing well at the end of this year. Hugs

Amy at love made my home said...

What beautiful walks and wonderful sunshine! xx

Lisa said...

Your photos make me feel like I'm walking right with you, so lovely. A sunny walk would be much appreciated. I know our time with the sun will come and I'm sure then we'll wish for a touch of rain. Have a Happy New Year! Lisa

Betsy said...

Your post is lovely today. The summery photos give me hope amidst all of the snow we have here. Today is the first day in 11 days that it hasn't snowed. I love the beauty in the words on this post. Happy New Year my friend.
Blessings,
Betsy

She loves to crochet said...

Your photos are a joy to see after all the rain and storms here, thank you for sharing your walks and thoughts. Hx

CountryCityCindy said...

LOVE this quote: "Seeing With Your Heart: It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
Henry David Thoreau
I have a friend who is blind, and he'll often say "she's not very pretty". He can't see her outside physical appearance, but instead he perceives her beauty by her personality, heart and spirit. And that's what matters.
Cindy

Gracie Saylor said...

It is lovely to see some of the sights around you, Tammy, and thought provoking to consider the quotes you shared. I have had a wonderful Wednesday thus far. I got to drive to meet a friend to knit baby blankets. Our first day of sunshine in weeks reveled a glorious white Mt. Hood and foothills around it. My oldest daughter, baby Sarah and I attended a memorial service for a young friend's father who died last month. It was a good celebration of his life...and life in general. xx

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

Thanks for taking us along on your walk - so many lovely things you have shared.
The blue sky is beautiful.
Happy New Year and best wishes
hugs
Carolyn

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Love the photos, the quotes and your thoughts as you walk with eyes and heart open. Happy New Year!

Createology said...

Beautiful weather and beautiful post. Seeing with your heart and eyes is to truly be alive and enjoying life. Thank you for sharing your insight dear. May you have a Happy, Healthy and Beautiful New Year in 2016...

Pearlin J said...

It's beautiful Tammy, the words and the pictures. Wish you a wonderful New Year

Teresa Kasner said...

I do love seeing your area when your weather is cooler for you. And I know what you mean about bloggers seeing more than most people. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Mini said...

You true exemplify "Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder".
Happy new year my friend

Wanda said...

Those blue skies are breathtaking. Love your walk.... I felt like I was there your pictures are so clear and real. Praying you have a blessed New Year.

Sangeetha said...

You have a way of seeing beauty in everything and your lovely photos are evidence of that. Have a wonderful New Year filled with good health, joy and peace.
Hugs. Sangeetha

Laurie said...

Great insight Tammy! I love going on your walks. Happy New Year!

Pam said...

thanks for this lovely inspiring post on the beauty of walking. I plan to do more walking in 2016. In the past much of my walking was "dog" walking. Since Cody is no longer with us, I will now concentrate on "me" walking. Thanks for the inspiration.

Ana Lopes said...

Beautiful photos!
Wishing you a happy and successful 2016, Tammy!
Hugs and love from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft
www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

podso said...

What beautiful photos of your walk and gorgeous weather, clear blue skies! I love how you take note of and appreciate all the details you see on your walks. Wishing you a happy new year!

Mereknits said...

Beauty is all around and I sometimes forget to stop and see it with my eyes and my heart. Thank you for the reminder.
Hugs to you,
Meredith

Diane said...

Lovely post, Tammy. Happy New Year

Quinn said...

You have a gift for truly seeing the beauty around you, Tammy - thank you for sharing your vision with the rest of us. And how refreshing those clear blue skies look! So happy to see nice weather.
Happy New Year to you and yours, and a special New Year's greeting to Jingles :)

Val said...

"Walking with intention, seeing with the heart." I love all this.

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