August 17, 2017

Rumi In The Woods

There is an old cabin in the woods in my back yard. I have hiked, or snowshoed, to it many times, but on my last walk in the woods I looked at it differently. Is it possible it looked more tranquil and appealing than ever before? 

Who doesn't want to run away to a cabin in the woods? Maybe its me and my love of the simple life, but a cabin next to a small brook and surrounded by a vast forest sounds pretty good right now. 

I imagine myself living here from day to day, hauling water, cooking over a fire, tending a small garden. Meditating. Sleeping. Blissing out on Nature. And reading. 

I would definitely have some Jalalud’din Rumi in my sanctuary in the woods. This is a prefect setting for contemplating the deep insight of this 13th Century Persian Poet, better known simply as "Rumi". 

"My soul is from elsewhere - I’m sure of that. And I intend to end up there.”

"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world… today I am wise so I am changing Myself."

"When you feel a peaceful joy, that’s when you are near the truth."

"What you seek is seeking you."

Away from the madness of material culture, and surrounded by Nature, I deepen my own insight, and tap into a peaceful joy. 


  1. That's a sight I'd like to see outside my back door!

    1. 9FF,

      I do feel fortunate to have such beauty close to my home. It is the first time we have lived in such a rural location, and we love it.

  2. Gregg, I think you've managed to photograph heaven! Definitely take Rumi, and perhaps some Basho?


    1. Madeleine,

      Oh, yes.

      "Before enlightenment, chopping wood and carrying water. After enlightenment, chopping wood and carrying water."

      - Basho

  3. Good one! Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Michael,

      My pleasure. Hope you are well.

  4. Looks like heaven right now. I think about escaping a lot lately.

    1. Clamco,

      When I can't hike to this cabin, I go to it in my mind. Instant escape, and relief.

  5. Heaven for me too! Just perfect.

    1. Marla,

      I love it down in the woods behind my home. It is perfection for me. I wish Linda could enjoy it, too, but I do bring back lots of pictures for her to enjoy. She likes that a lot. I am glad that you do too.

  6. This is my idea of heaven!

  7. Calm flowed through me as I scrolled and this photo entered my view. What a gem. Hard not to imagine being there, living there. I can see how you would return to it over and over in your mind. I will too.

    I love photographs like this. What a wonderful way to share this special cabin and nature with Linda and others who are not able to be there.


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