Memories of yesterday's sunlight rest forgotten beneath today's snow-filled clouds and skies. More than two inches of new snow deepen by the hour. It's +10 degrees and pin drop quiet.
This feeling of peace in the midst of wilderness reminds me of Sigurd Olson's writings. Olson (1899-1982) was one of the north woods'--both Minnesota and Wisconsin--greatest advocates. He spent much of his later life as a conservationist, author, and leader in wilderness preservation being convinced that "to countless thousands, wilderness has become a spiritual necessity." In Listening Point, one of Olson's many books, he writes:
Only when one comes to listen, only when one is aware and still, can things be seen and heard. Everyone has a listening-point somewhere ... some place of quiet where the universe can be contemplated with awe.I think of my daily t'ai chi chih practice as a listening-point ... a moment in time where "things can be seen and heard" in the midst of silence. This sense of peace and inner fulfillment returns me to my practice time after time.