I do have an adventurous spirit but one might wonder why it was inspired by rocks? A red rocks panorama in Sedona, Arizona inspired thoughts about natural beauty as I blogged with Owldragonash today.The imaginative scenes of natural beauty in her virtual entry, “Do You Have an Adventurous Spirit?” reminded me of an unusual title I earned on a camping excursion across the Outback interior of Australia. Here is the story about how I was given that name.
My American name is James but I more commonly am called Rockman. It is advisable to pack lightly for long distance travel but my bags of stones could never be left behind. I had not realized the importance of rocks on earth until I completed an Introductory Geography course in college. Everywhere I traveled after that, it seemed I needed to analyze geological patterns of color shape, and origin in rocks that surrounded me. No pebble was too small for a quick inspection and a boulder could occupy my time forever it seemed.
On a camping tour of Australia then, I felt I had entered rock heaven .As our bus completed the long journey across the reddish rocks across the Outback, I amassed a sizeable collection of Aussie rocks. They became increasingly difficult to carry. I often consulted my guidebooks for facts about my samples and became somewhat of a rock expert in my conversations with my traveling companions. I was truly a rock nerd among these friends and thus was bestowed the title of Rockman.
It would not occur to me then how I might be missing the real magic of rocks. I more recently learned through practicing yoga that there is beautiful energy in rock presence that no geological inspection could ever reveal. I also recognized that because of my new awareness, I did not have to travel far to experience the magical aura of a lonely rock whose smooth touch seeks to comfort me in troubled times. So take a hike today and be open to the presence of your Rockman soul.
Wow so happy to be part of helping you recall your Rockman soul. The red rock images you have been using remind me of my trip through Sedona and this morning the lay lines that run through that part of the world. The strongest meditation- dreaming while awake experience I have ever had was in Sedona sitting in the sun on a huge rock on a lay line path. Beauty is!
Reblogged this on Through Owl's eyes… and commented:
Delighted to have helped “rock” a memory and recall a feeling for both Rockman and myself….always amazes me how collective feelings/ experiences are…. I spent some time in Arizona in the late 80’s. Beautiful magical place for sure. As is anywhere we open our eyes, heart and mind to see!
You are Rockman, indeed! A Rockstar! Good post.
Few years back our plans to visit Sedona in Arizona had to be cancelled when we got stranded in the snow on our way back for the Grand Canyon after getting involved in an accident. The trip itself was adventurous and fun in an unplanned way. Mentioning of Sedona in your post brought back loads of fun memories. Cheers!