Some COVID Hope in Quarantine

We’ve talked about how important it is to slow down and start living in Real Time if you want to get in touch with the beneficial wisdom of Indigenous Knowledge that can generate COVID hope. Here’s your opportunity to experience Real Time, at least a little bit, and the peace it can bring in a time of great anxiety. We all need COVID hope while we’re in quarantine, self-isolation, or shelter-in-place.

Play the video below. Focus on the sound of the wind in this video. Listen for the birds. Look at the grasses moving. Breathe. Let your body relax. Open your heart to the earth and the sky, the wind and the trees. Let the Land give you a sense of calm peacefulness. Exhale.

Now play the video again. See the area on the hill to your left at the beginning? There are fewer trees there because some years ago there was a very large and devastating wildfire that burned through this entire area — even the place where the photographer was standing to make this video! Why is this important? Because it reminds us all that sometimes things change, and in ways we consider devastating. That’s simply a part of life. But life goes on. And somehow there is beauty again. The world isn’t exactly the same as it was before, but the wind still blows through the grasses and the pines, the birds sing their winter song, and the sun shines even in a clouded autumn sky.

Life will come back again. Breathe. Relax your body. Release your anxiety. Resist the habit impulse to engage in displacement behaviors that will only make make your body more tense.

Watch this video whenever you want. It’s the Land’s gift of Real Time peace for COVID hope.

Filmed by Jo Belasco on the Pine Ridge of northwestern Nebraska, November 2019. The view is to the south and southwest, which are the directions associated with Experiential ways of knowing and Spiritual ways of knowing, respectively. If you look at the directions of south and west on our Circle model, you will see why these directions will help you receive healing from this video.

The Canyon Hike Series Finale

A rainbow ends in Sowbelly Canyon.
A rainbow ends in near our ranch in Nebraska’s Pine Ridge.

I hope you enjoyed taking a virtual hike of Nebraska’s Pine Ridge. As the pictures showed, it was a canyon of varying terrain. Some of it burned quite badly, and it will take years before the soil allows regrowth. But, amazingly, most of it had regrown before we left in October 2007 (we had to leave due to the financial consequences of the wildfire), and with additional beauty it perhaps did not have before the fire.  I will end this hiking series with a beautiful picture of a rainbow that ended in near our canyon ranch on Nebraska’s Pine Ridge. The Land itself really is the gold at the end of the rainbow, no matter which land it may be.

 

The Canyon Hike Series, Part 9

Beautiful view.
Beautiful view.

The buttes in the canyon of Pine Ridge were quite beautiful and easy to hike to. I was amazed to find a small pine tree, unaffected by the fire, growing out of one of the buttes. It was quite the image of determination.

 

 

 

 

A ring of buttes.
A ring of buttes.
Slope to buttes.
Slope to buttes.

 

A lush field with buttes.
A lush field with buttes.

 

The moon rising over a butte.
The moon rising over a butte.

 

 

 

 

A pine tree grows out of a butte.
A pine tree grows out of a butte.
Buttes rise about burned and green trees.
Buttes rise about burned and green trees.

The Canyon Hike Series, Part 8

A beautiful, still creek in the canyon.
A beautiful, still creek in the canyon.

 

We were lucky to have several springs and a running creek in the canyon. It’s a rare thing in the West, which is suffering from a horrible drought. The water ran cool and clear.

 

 

 

 

 

A beautiful blade of grass on clear water.
A beautiful blade of grass on clear water.
Beautiful stones under clear water.
Beautiful stones under clear water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful creek rocks under sparkling water.
Beautiful creek rocks under sparkling water.
Large rock under clear water.
Large rock under clear water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby deer waiting for mom.
Baby deer waiting for mom.

Along with the porcupines, deer also returned to the canyon and had their babies. This little one was lying right outside the horse pasture (hence the wire in the photograph). I quickly snapped a picture and headed away, knowing her mother was likely nearby and would not want her baby disturbed. We also heard elk in the fall of 2006, but they were quite elusive, so, unfortunately, I have no pictures of them.

Deer bounding through a meadow.
Deer bounding through a meadow.

 

 

The Canyon Hike Series, Part 7

This blog entry is really a photo essay of rebirth in the canyon.  You may recognize the locations in the first pictures…or maybe you don’t. They were very badly burned and are pictured at the beginning of the hike, back in August of 2006. Slowly, they began to come alive with new grasses and flowers.  They were some of the most amazing places to see because the plants were regrowing and the colors were so vivid and bright.

A lush carpet of green.
A lush carpet of green.
Green fills the scene.
Green fills the scene.
Follow the green path.
Follow the green path.
Green field with green trees.
Green field with a few green trees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A green meadow with green trees.
A green meadow with green trees.

 

 

 

 

Green throughout the canyon.
Green throughout the canyon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a view!
What a view!