|Arbroath harbour...a misty day.|
Nature has a way of reassuring us that everything is possible...but we have to be vigilant for its "voice", and be willing to pause long enough to hear its message. Taking time each day to pause, isn't always easy. Some folks might even suggest that being "still" is a precious waste of time, time better spent being busy. Goodness, if they only knew.
While waiting for winds over the Scottish North Sea to calm sufficiently for an opportunity to launch the kayaks, we returned to one of our favourite walks along the red, Lower Devonian, sandstone cliffs between Arbroath and Auchmithie.
|Arbroath, home of the world famous "Arbroath smokies" |
- even the name is patented.
|Dickmont's Den, a fault-controlled geo...paddling right in on high tide is thrilling.|
This, of course, means that in the fullness of an awareness of the present moment, there can be no worries, no regrets, no distractions.
|The Deil's Heid.|
Traversing the intertidal zone, the heart rate slows...there is simply so much to take in. There is such diversity of life, filling the little tidal pools, but only if one pauses, is it possible to observe the movement of their tiny bodies.
|Low tide at Castleheugh Beach.|
The clifftop trail from Arbroath to Auchmithie never fails to remind us to pause...and in the pausing, to embrace the present moment. It is the beginning of awareness. It is there that the possibility of focus, clarity, and peace can be found.
Now it has to be said, even such a "contemplative" activity in nature can work up an appetite...
|Tiny Auchmithie's "But n Ben"...we've heard it's VERY fine dining.|
A But 'N' Ben: a small crofters cottage in the Scottish Highlands, with white walls and thatched roof. The "but" is the living room, and the "ben" is the bedroom.