More Than A Park

People can get so caught up in answering this email… or attending that meeting… and on to the business of life. It can become overwhelming and stressful to say the least. So every night, I do a meditation with my kids before they go to sleep. I think we, as human beings, need that connection… connection to life, ourselves, our creator. To take just a few moments to breathe. To just be calm and still. But when I’m in nature, I don’t need to do anything to connect, it happens automatically. The smells, the sounds, the colors, the plants and animals, all help me feel alive.

Last summer, I went on a hike in the Tetons with my 2 best friends in the whole world, my 2 older sisters. It had been quite some time since we had gone out together to spend some quality time together. These sisters are very interested in plants and critters and their names and purposes. Sadly, that information isn’t all that exciting to me, past a certain beginners level. So while they were jabbering on about different organisms on the mountain, there I was behind my camera, taking pictures of those same beauties… and finding my own inspiration in the same little details, but in a very different aspect. That is a day I will never forget, because not only did it connect me to nature, it also allowed me to spend time with some of the most important people in my life. 

When I play my Teton guitars, I think of the Teton mountains, nature, finding peace and stillness, my creator and my connection to all of it. I listen to every type of music and in many different languages too. I feel like music helps us connect to something inside of us. Just like the saying goes, “music is what feelings sound like” and I believe that so much. Sometimes, there is no other way to say what we feel or to connect us to life except through music. It amazes me that with the same notes and sounds we can feel inspired, comforted, validated, pumped up, sad, guided, or like we can take on the world. These beautiful parks and spaces in our world are more than just a mountain range… or a forest… or a lake – they are a place we can go to celebrate nature and life and our place amongst it all.

— Lindy Schuebert

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