The Shimmer Beyond the Shadows
Walking along a wide, sunlit beach, my heart feels bright and open. As I hike along a deep forest path, trees blocking the sun, my heart stirs with a sense of mystery. I don’t recall ever feeling spooked on a beach, but I’ve definitely felt a tingle on the back of my neck when walking in dark woods.
Do those of us who walk in nature to refresh our bodies and minds process thoughts differently in the sunlit open spaces from when we walk on shadowy trails? I don’t know. I’ll observe where my mind shifts on upcoming hikes.
One of the great pleasures of forest walks is seeing a break in the trees up ahead. Our step quickens to see what’s in the bright glow before us.
There is value both in shady places and in places of illumination, whether on a hiking trail or a passage of life.
May our life journeys, dark stretches and light, offer revelations that keep us moving forward!
This week’s Hike Notes, Mallard Lake-Golden Gate Park, is one of three charming tiny lakes clustered in the same area of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
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Hike Notes 184: Mallard Lake-Golden Gate Park
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