Quick snatches of the Blue Ridge Parkway


Yesterday I needed to get out of the house after the last eye surgery. I feel like my new eyes are a miracle and so I took some photographs on the Parkway. It is a gift to be able to see to write, photograph and paint again. It makes me cry with relief.

 

So, dear friends and readers, yesterday was a partly sunny day with temperatures in the high 50’s. It was a perfect day to drive in the mountains and revel in what Divinity has wrought.

 

When I put a camera up to my eye, I see more than I was seeing before. I have been with non-photographers who were amazed at my photographs because having been with me they didn’t see until what I saw through the lens until they saw the photographs. I think, for me anyway, that my heart and soul see through the camera. They see what is really there. When I began to take pictures, I wanted to prove to myself that this life was real. It wasn’t a dream. I was, by extension, also real. Enough of that, please enjoy the photographs.

 

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Around every curve and hill is more beauty to thrill the soul. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Around every curve and hill is more beauty to thrill the soul. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

Every day there is more green on the trees. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Every day there is more green on the trees. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

The Blue Ridge Parkway goes from Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

The Blue Ridge Parkway goes from Virginia, North Carolina and into Tennessee. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

Woodworking on the Parkway. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Woodworking on the Parkway. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

This is not an autumn photograph. It is new leaves coming out on the branches. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

This is not an autumn photograph. It is new leaves coming out on the branches. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

Wildflowers. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Wildflowers. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 201

 

 

Have you hugged a tree lately? Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Have you hugged a tree lately? Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

The Blue Ridge Mountains never stop being a thrill. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

The Blue Ridge Mountains never stop being a thrill. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

 

Carolina Blue sky amongst the trees. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Carolina Blue sky amongst the trees. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

The mountain air is as sweet to the lungs as the mountains are to the eyes. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

The mountain air is as sweet to the lungs as the mountains are to the eyes. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

Flowers in bloom on trees. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Flowers in bloom on trees. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

Simple beauty. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

Simple beauty. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

Meditation


As I have declared before, we are all children of the Universe. We are interconnected. I am in the butterfly and the butterfly is in me. We are not only connected to each other but to every living thing. This meditation was written a long time ago and it helps us to recognize on the inner landscape, out true relationship with all that is living. I hope you will try it and see if it makes a difference.

 

“I am in everything and everything is in me.” —-Khabira

 

The beauty of spring in Western North Carolina

The beauty of spring in Western North Carolina. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Mediation

I started as a mineral

Then I became a vegetable,

then an animal,

then a human,

and I will continue in the heavenly spheres

—Rumi

 

Vibration, molecules, crystal,

I am the bounty of my heavenly condition manifested.

My heavenly counterpart seeks to be.

I was born out of the encounter between heaven and earth.

My consciousness was vibrating like a harp.

 

My thoughts are the thoughts of the universe

I sought to awaken beyond my human condition —

And as I awoke I discovered the universe within me —

Free from myself.

 

I begin to look into the calls of the crystal

Visualize the life force within the crystal;

the molecules, electrons whirling, sparkling —

being the expression manifesting the language of the universe

frozen in a crystal

 

Throbbing at the subatomic level

Imagine the rigor involved

Some electrons escape by following light

Then they fell back for lack of energy

They Danced.

They Sparkled.

 

Now get into the consciousness of a flower

A bud, opening up —

one petal at a time

Then the petals begin to fall off

and it dies

But, oh, the moment of glory —

the seed remains;

the perfume extracted —

and then the air

The only way it can express is by form, color, fragrance

for but a moment of glory

 

What leap forward for the state of the animal —

Respiratory system, circulatory system, et cetera —

taken eons of time.

Now the need to manifest not only in form but more —

The support system is more elaborate.

Each animal manifesting its divine qualities.

Now emerging as a human being.

Not only aware of stars but —

visualizing them as radiant luminaries with life systems,

more advanced than ours —

light years away.

Reaching into thinking of the universe

Not only receiving the light of the stars but —

perceiving their thinking.

 

We are awakening to all levels of the universe

Discovering the qualities

Begin to feel it in the animal

 

Compassion, love, et cetera.

More qualities. More of the universe.

And as more comes through

you become more cosmic

 

What is more, we are able to feel

that emotion of the universe that became

the crystal

the plant

the animal

 

Can you feel it?

 

If you can grasp the countenance of your being —

it is an effort to express that splendor.

 

Now hoist yourself to the levels of your being —

exploring the metaphors of your being;

New thoughts emerge —

prompted by emotion

(Not random thoughts

but thoughts provoked by

the intensity of the emotion)

 

Be kind to your soul.

The emotion of your soul

is prompted by

intuition

 

You are born out of that Divine Nostalgia

Accept your Divine Being.

You have seen how far you have come

to be a human.

It is now time to awaken

to one’s own Divinity —

by being aware of

the Divine Nostalgia

that spurs us to

our Divine Power

 

Instead of thinking of yourself

as a person —

think of yourself

as the fulfillment of

the Divine Purpose;

Like one of the sketches of Leonardo di Vinci

that leads up to the final picture.

 

In us is God’s fulfillment —

How great is my glory —

This does not mean

the individual

but is more cosmic.

 

For, when you discover

Yourself in the Universe

You discover the Universe in You

—–Sakina

 

A water Lily Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

A water Lily
Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

Beginning Today


Poems of Praise

Beloved is the One Who spoke and all things came to be!

Beloved are You!
Beloved is the One who created

all in the beginning!
Beloved is the One Who speaks and acts!

Beloved, Who determines and fulfills!

 

Beloved, Who deals kindly with the world!

Beloved, Who acts kindly towards all creatures!

 

Beloved, Who responds with good to those in awe!

Beloved, Who removes the dark and brings the light!

 

Beloved is the One Who lives eternally.

Beloved, Who delivers and redeems!  Beloved are You and Your name!

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Iris and Rhody

Blue Iris – Copyright Barbara Mattio 2015

 

 

Starting today….

I will open my mind and heart to others in need.

I will try my hardest to do my best.

I will make new friends.

I will take the advice I get from those who care.

I must learn to be myself, and love myself.

I will listen to more music and write more music.

I will try to make somebody’s day a little bit better.

I will have fun!

I can express myself.

I will write about my feelings.

I will reflect on the past.

I will look towards the future because it is coming soon.

 

Today is the day I will begin

I will continue to smile.

I will dream about tomorrow.

I will challenge myself.

I shall travel to new places and see new things.

 

I will do more good deeds.

You see, these are the things

I hope for so much.

I will live; I will love; I will learn;

and I will pray.

 

–Andrea Levick

 

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Rainbow – Copyright Barbara Mattio 2015

 

 

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Wishing everyone a Peaceful and Harmonious Weekend

Namaste

Barbara

 

Winter is Losing the Battle


It was 54 degrees today and tomorrow it will be 60 degrees. I am so excited. You can almost feel Ole Man Winter losing his grip on the Earth and on our souls. We are tired of the cold and the gray days. We are tired of the ache in our bones. So we look, we look for every sign that spring in nearing. The geese have returned and I heard birds singing today. I though I would show you some photos of the beginning of Winter losing its grip.

Vermillion lighthouse

Vermillion lighthouse

Vermillion beach. The lake is beginning to thaw farther out.

Vermillion beach. The lake is beginning to thaw farther out.

Sunset at the beach

Sunset at the beach

Since Vermillion sits on Lake Erie, there are many streets but some people have waterways which freeze in winter.

Since Vermillion sits on Lake Erie, there are many streets but some people have waterways which freeze in winter.

In spring and summer local travel is done by boat.

All Photography copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2013