There are ten bridges connecting New York City and all provide opportunities for picture taking. The trick is finding the right angle and light that makes for something interesting. Many people shoot bridges from the top or side, but some of the most creative views are found underneath them!
PREPARING FOR THE EXPERIMENT OF 2014
While it is only October, I have been preparing for a potentially transformative experience next year that I want to share with you. Readers know that we spend most weekends at our cabin. It is solid family time where we relax, connect, renew, and have a lot of fun. At the same time, I have been giving a lot of thought to using the cabin as a place for spiritual development. Inspired by Thoreau’s Walden, I am thinking about visiting the cabin alone for one night midweek, as often as possible, to meditate, pray and write. I am fortunate that my day job can be done with an internet connection which we have at the cabin. So the mini-retreats would really occur in the afternoons, evenings, and mornings, with driving each way occurring during my lunch hours. It’s not a perfect arrangement, but in the craziness we call life, it is more contemplative time than I am getting now.
To prepare for the journey, I have been doing something I have never done before. I am saying no to everything that comes my way outside of my day job. I am stepping away from my men’s group, taking a break from teaching, and stopping all other activities that might impede the experiment. It is not easy saying no but I know that to significantly increase my contemplative time means other things have to go. Why the experiment you ask?
It is only through contemplative experience that we really find ourselves. And I am tired of being lost, it’s really that simple.