We’ve recently returned from a long weekend at the tip of the Southern Grampians. Our destination was past Dunkeld, near Balmoral, at the Rocklands Reservoir, a huge water catchment area that supplies water to the Grampians and Wimmera area. And, as it’s often the case with us, adventure followed.
We spent four cool, crazy, culinary, unpredictable days there, experiencing everything from fine dining, mountain walking, river fording and getting lost amongst hundreds of bleating and possibly confused sheep. Oh, and did I mention we got bogged on arrival?
Our trip started sedately on the Friday morning and by early afternoon we’d arrived at Glendinning Campground at Rocklands. It was there we went off the beaten track, weaving through side tracks to reach the sandy foreshore. That’s when the action ramped up.
It was a precarious moment getting bogged with the van hitched on. One that tested not only our winch but our nerves, marriage and hub’s skill in getting unstuck. Fast forward 24 hours and we were enjoying an amazing meal at the award winning Royal Mail hotel at Dunkeld, a post in itself. Yep, this was a weekend of extremes.
But let’s backtrack to our campsite. Have you ever visited a place that had a profound effect on you? That’s how camping in this landscape affected me, once the drama passed. It made me reflect on what’s important.
How do I explain the feeling of oneness I felt during the weekend as we drove through rocky mountain ranges? How can I explain the sense of peace that enveloped me at dawn and dusk? Those trees, I swear they were talking to me.
I know that I prayed to the “tree Gods” as we winched ourselves off a solid trunk that saved us on Friday afternoon. They must have been listening!
“If we surrendered to Earth’s intelligence we could rise up, rooted like trees.” Rainer Maria Rilke
God felt close here. Close to our camp site where hundreds of trees poked up from the water. It was stark and eerily beautiful, especially when the shadows fell. In the distance we could see the Grampians mountain ranges.
Each morning nature put on a show, the sky changed from gentle pinks to orange hues and dazzling light as the sun rose. Limbs gracefully bent towards the sun, as though doing yoga with the light. At night the silhouettes danced further across the water. Brief rain brought fleeting rainbows and within the dusk light I half expected pirate ships to come sailing out from between the tree skeletons.
This is a place that fuels the imagination.
Nature feels like home. Wherever you are, step outside and let it seep into your core.
As Autumn temperatures drop, the days are cooling here in Melbourne, so when the sun hits my face it’s like a lovers warm kiss. The cool breeze on my cheek feels like a caress from nature. Chattering birds and trees remind me that everything is connected. We’re alive to our five senses but the most important one is our 6th sense, our intuition, our consciousness and what we allow into our thoughts.
When I think of the mayhem that’s been orchestrated in the outside world, I remind myself that we have a choice. We can become engulfed in the division and the illusions or we can put our attention on what we want to create. We can let go of the injustices and the crazy world events by understanding that it’s our reaction that fuels our reality.
Not everything is perfect, far from it. There are so many distractions in our world right now, so much that’s going on underneath the surface. Not everything is as it seems. But when we open our mind and intuition to a new level we regain our inner peace and serenity. And we step into our power.
When we quieten our thoughts through meditation, and turn off the negativity (and news) we stop feeding the chaos. We drop the anger, blame and fear. We visualise something better, a world that’s kind, blissful and free. Gratitude gets us back on track and love feeds a grateful heart. But WE have to create it, no one can do it for us.
One day we’ll wake and see the world in a different light. Perhaps you already do. The flowers will look more beautiful, the grass greener, the sky bluer. In our everyday lives, the most ordinary tasks, when done mindfully, will take on deeper meaning.
Everything has its place and its purpose, just as these dead trees provide shelter and habitat for wildlife.
When we let our inner light guide us, life opens up and we can overcome any obstacle. But we have to be brave and look deep to find that inner strength. We have to look beyond the surface. So keep your vibration and energy high and love deeply, as we continue this bumpy, crazy but always extraordinary journey of life.
In love and light
For one minute, walk outside, stand there, in silence, look up at the sky and contemplate how amazing life is.