Thursday, October 16, 2008

Treasure Hunting

I've been spending quite a bit of time searching for treasures lately.  Treasures in my family, treasures in my friends, treasures in our furry and feathery family members, treasures in my beliefs and treasures in the most unexpected of places.  

When my brother died eight months ago, I felt an almost desperate need to make a deeper connection with the earth and also with the heavens.  I experienced a deep-seated need for quiet that was unmatched by any other period of my life.  That need for quiet, a sense of being removed from any unnecessary background chatter, has carried over into today.  I crave it in the same ways that I crave air and food and sleep.  I need to be able to hear the small, quiet whispers of my soul speaking to me from a place that only God can truly understand.  And so, I began searching.  I began looking towards the ethereal places in the clouds and the hard, rocky surfaces of the earth.  I paid more attention to the whispers.  I listened for the quiet.  I allowed myself the space that I needed to search for treasures.

The simple rock that my oldest Angel is wearing around her neck is an example of one of the treasures that made its way into our lives.  I found it on the beach and looked at it as an interesting rock with a hole burrowed through it.  Angel Daughter Number One viewed it as a talisman meant to be corded with a string and tied around her neck.  To me, the hole symbolized a small circle of empty space.  To my daughter, the hole symbolized an area that needed to be filled.  To each of us, this rock is a treasure.
The Pacific Ocean is filled with treasures.  Some of them wash up onto the shore and are discovered during a quiet, soulful walk on the rocky sand.  Others float in on the soft, invisible breezes which drive the waves that crash upon the shores.  Some of those treasures are experienced from the sand, but others must be discovered within the wind-driven waves.
Or sailing upon the undercurrent of the breeze.
Using the unseen as a treasure to glide upon through the salty waters of the ocean.  Using the treasure of the unseen to take flight from the sea.  
Treasures that can solitarily be found in the company of quiet.  
Treasures that can bring you back to the true meaning of why we are here and what most of us spend so much of our lives searching for.  Each search is different, yet the treasures are surprisingly similar.

As I walked along the rocky beach alone with as much silence as my mind would allow, I once again searched for treasures.  As usual, tiny pieces of sea glass and broken sea shells stood out to me and I collected them, one by one.  With each treasure that I discovered, I was able to experience a deeper sense of quiet that set my spirit into a sense of calm.  A seemingly unimportant hunt for something that could tangibly represent my desire to honor my need for some quiet space.  And then I spotted this heart-shaped stone and I knew that within all of the quiet, most of the answers that I find revolve around something fairly simple and organic...Love. 

May you allow yourself the quiet space that you require to search for treasures.  Treasures that inspire your spirit, treasures that move your soul, treasures that help you to listen to your own small, quiet voice.


Laura ~Peach~ said...

wonderful... I love the treasures you have come up with! I so agree :) HUGS Laura

Blue said...

clearly my soul needs a long beach walk right now. it's been in a tempest the past few days. thanks for this message D!

jojo said...

I'm with soul needs a beach right now ;) How incredible both of those rocks are...I've never found anything like that...I need to look down once in awhile and see what I might find!

Deb, I sent you an e-mail.

Ness said...

A walk on your beach...that's the place I go in my mind when my world is crashing which, anymore, seems to be on a daily basis. I find sea glass and sit on the beach in the early evening listening to the ocean and her song. You are so lucky to have your beach. It inspires the beautiful blog posts you write which give me the strength to make it through one more day. God Bless, Deb. You are my balm in Gilead.

Jenn-n-n said...

I have been depriving myself of my quiet times, my places of solitude. Thank you for reminding me of it's importance.

JenX67 said...

you take such great pics. i love that one of the heart shaped rock amidst the green glass. living by the beach must be such a blessing.

Just the 2 of Us said...

I love how you find treasures in not only the big but more so the small things of life.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Oh, that is such a pretty picture of your daughter!

I'm well. Busy, yes. We had a good trip and now we are trying to get into gear to put our house up for sale! Very bad timing! :-) Such is our life.

Big hugs to you, BFF!



Poetikat said...

I love the rock-talisman. I think I find most of my treasures in nature - especially the birds and wildlife that come to my yard each day.


Catherine Holman said...

How sweet and thanks for the reminder that we all need some silence in our life. I always have the radio or t.v. going while I'm painting. I need some quiet time! Thanks for the the beautiful reminder.

Meili said...

Debra, thank you for your sweet comment on my blog! It's always fun to get a message from a stranger. I decided to check out your site, and I've got to say, you are an inspiration. I love the way you describe your relationship with your husband and daughters. Isn't family the greatest blessing?

Warmest regards,

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

I am true minimalist at heart so my treasures are far and few. When I hold something dear to my heart and treasure it, it really means something to me.

I love the rock you found but alas, it would never survive in my house. I think I may have to ease up a bit and look to you for inspiration. Either that or live vicariously through you and your wonderful rock.

Hallie :)

Peggy Payne said...

Lovely, Debbie. The rock, the quiet, the daughters, the beach--the whole thing.

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