Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Meditation and Love of the Woods/Trees for some Quality Time in the Hocking Hills of Ohio

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Trees in particular were mysterious, and seemed to me direct embodiments of the incomprehensible meaning of life. For that reason, the woods were the place that I felt closest to its deepest meaning and to its awe-inspiring workings.”  C.G.Jung


An Often forgotten principle: Go to the Woods to Meditate.


Those “woods” may be  referred to as A wilderness,A hill or mountain,A forest,Our secret places,A place apart.Where is your “secret place?


“Listening to trees is  a relaxation and meditating exercise. Listening to the communications of trees  is a way of attuning our hearing and paying more attention to what we hear around us rather than letting sounds invade our space unawares.”DSC_0028 Find a suitable place for spending time with the trees. Choose a place that is convenient and relatively easy to get to yet as isolated from the noises of humanity as possible.Be prepared to spend a decent amount of time (in my case several hours). Notice the silence and the sounds with greater precision. For the rest of the story CLICK


Woods Does & Don'ts:: Never step over a log or fallen tree if you can’t see what is on the other side! Always check above for widow makers and dead branches before starting your meditation/listening.Carry your cellphone with you in case of emergency (no reception at my spot though) but turn it off while meditating. Make sure someone knows generally where you are going and be prepared. Most importantly, be comfortable and if you have time/inclination pack a lunch.



In the beginning there was silence, and it was good. When I visit my “secret spot” in the woods the only sounds I hear are of nature but for one exception, an occasional airplane overhead. This past fall Linda and I went into the woods and spent an hour or so listening to the leaves fall and hit the ground and each other. The time spent that day I will remember forever.


“Silence has the ability to centre us and connect us with the essential harmony of the universe.” The Joy Of Silence… Silence: "the dissolving of the limits of selfhood until the infinite alone seems real". Tennyson


When I enter a forest, the first thing I smell is the damp earth combined with old fallen leaves. For me this earthy smell has an instinctive calming effect.” Several years ago my son and I were camping in the Canadian “Bush”. My son went outside the tent and came right back in and said,”Dad there is a wolf on the other side  of the inlet.” I was comfortable in my sleeping bag and really wasn’t sure about the wolf so I said, “it’s time to get some sleep  no wolf is going to bother us.” Well, the wolf got at lot closer to the tent.  The smell was unmistakable and powerful. I then thought Oh…..Shi…….t…..Photo below from that camping trip.

penagenatecamp My hair wasn’t white then LOL.(Summer of 1989).. Take a handful of leaves and crush them,inhale deeply and enjoy the aroma. 


Lying on my back in the woods admiring the intricate interplay of branches and breeze….Once in awhile a short nap is appropriate. Photo below is about the same spot at a different time of year


This is “my spot”….A small short ridge with the land falling off in three directions and  easily accessible from only one direction.I can be there in about 45 minutes. A short drive and hike. I know you are suppose to “STAY ON THE TRAIL” BUT “MY SPOT” is about 100 feet off a little used trail and it is quiet.

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Meditation and Love of the Woods/Trees for some real QUALITY TIME

Another good read::  The Smell Of Nature

I almost always start my meditation with this prayer: Prayer of Saint Francis

STFRANCISWOODSLord, make me an instrument of your peace.Where there is hatred, let me sow love.Where there is injury, pardon.Where there is doubt, faith.Where there is despair, hope.Where there is darkness, light.Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
woodsAdrian_Ludwig_Richter_013Ludwig Richter
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Sunday, December 09, 2012

Funny Monday::Tee Time Golf..a quality time problem

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A husband and wife are on the 9th green when suddenly she collapses from a heart attack! "Help me dear," she groans to her husband.The husband calls 911 on his cell phone, talks for a few minutes, picks up his putter, and lines up his putt. His wife raises her head off the green and stares at him.
"I'm dying here and you're putting?"
"Don't worry dear," says the husband calmly, "they found a doctor on the second hole and he's coming to help you."Well, how long will it take for him to get here?" she asks feebly."No time at all," says her husband. "Everybody's already agreed to let him play through."

g6 A gushy reporter told Phil Mickelson,"You are spectacular, your name is synonymous with the game of golf. You really know your way around the course. What's your secret?"Mickelson replied, "The holes are numbered."


GROOM The bride was escorted down the aisle and when she reached the altar, the groom was standing there with his golf bag and clubs at his side. She said: "What are your golf clubs doing here?"He looked her right in the eye and said, "This isn't going to take all day, is it?"

g81 A golfer teed up his ball on the first tee, took a mighty swing and hit his ball into a clump of trees.He found his ball and saw an opening between two trees he thought he could hit through.Taking out his 3-wood, he took a mighty swing.The ball hit a tree, bounced back, hit him in the forehead and killed him.As he approached the gates of Heaven, St. Peter asked, "Are you a good golfer?"The man replied: "Got here in two, didn't I?

g7g5 Police are called to an apartment and find a woman holding a bloody 5-iron standing over a lifeless man.The detective asks, "Ma'am, is that your husband?""Yes" says the woman."Did you hit him with that golf club?""Yes, yes, I did."The woman begins to sob, drops the club, and puts her hands on her face."How many times did you hit him?""I don't know.......five, six, maybe seven times.......just put me down for a five."


A young man and a priest are playing together.

At a short par-3 the priest asks, "What are you going to use on this hole, my son?"
The young man says, "An 8-iron, father. How about you?"

The priest says, "I'm going to hit a soft seven and pray."
The young man hits his 8-iron and puts the ball on the green.

The priest tops his 7-iron and dribbles the ball out a few yards.
The young man says, "I don't know about you, father, but in my church, when we pray, we keep our head down."

AMISHBUGGY This photo was taken while I was standing on #17 tee box at Pumpkin Vine golf course near Bremen,Ohio.. Always have your camera ready. Have a great day.

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Friday, December 07, 2012

PostCrossing Post Cards Sent 12/2012 A Quality Time Post



Sent: 26 postcards Received: 29 postcards
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Sunday, December 02, 2012

Cab Driver Goes to Heaven for FUNNY MONDAY



Cab Driver Goes to Heaven


A cab driver reaches the pearly gates. St.Peter checks the computerHEAVEN

and tells him to pick up a gold staff and a silk robe and proceed into Heaven.

Next in line is a preacher.


St. Peter checks the computer, furrows his brow and says, "OK, we'll let you in, but take that cloth robe and wooden staff."
The preacher is shocked

shockedand replies, "But I am a man of the cloth. You gave that cab driver a gold staff and a silk robe. Surely I rate higher than a cabbie!"

St. Peter responds matter-of-factly, "This is Heaven and up here, we are interested in results. When you preached, people slept. When the cabbie drove his taxi, people prayed."



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