My life had become a pilgrimage on blistered feet, stumbling ever deeper into the dark half-forgotten wilderness. With each passing week the path beneath my feet became narrower and more rock strewn, and the familiar signs and landmarks receded. Less people and bigger mountains with their sudden harsh changes in climate and weather, became the pattern. I came in this ever harsher environment, more reliant on myself and my inner resources, until I found myself here, on my knees, beneath the jagged peaks of the Black Cuillin. Poised at the precipice of a tumbling waterfall, I felt everything about to change. I found scale and perspective in my smallness amongst this landscape of giants. All my earthly worries poured away over the rocks with the falling water, and I lay back among the heather and the moss, feeling the small warm pulse of my life. It was enough, this small life of mine. It needed no embellishments, and with a surge of relief I let go of the burden of striving. Here in the shadow of harsh black giants, I had found my softness, and it filled me up. I was enough just as I am.
The reflection of our state of mind out into the world around us can be surprisingly powerful, colouring our views and feelings. In a closed state of mind we wear blinkers which narrow down our view. We become surprisingly certain about what is out there around us. When we feel more relaxed and open, we can discover unexpected delights even in a world we thought we knew. Equally the world around us can powerfully shift our state of mind. For me, getting out into the towering mountains puts my life into a comforting perspective. I delight in feeling small, and in some ways quite powerless, living on this wild and powerful planet. I realise my place as a small warm animal among the wide web of life and nature. It frees me, and improves my state of mind no end.
This photo was taken among the Fairy Pools of Glen Brittle, in the shadow of the Black Cuillin, on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.
See more photographs reflecting states of mind at the WP weekly challenge.