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.