Mountains, oceans, deserts & more;
Mother Nature’s gifts of geographic diversity.
Over time, ancestors found ways of overcoming
challenging barriers and experiencing personal discoveries.
Yet for all their seemingly impressive conquests
many failed to find a most precious treasure; true happiness of their heart.
Looking for happiness, contentment & love out there,
somewhere; maybe it’s just around the bend, they thought.
After diligently polishing our own jewel by going
in, day after day, rather than searching outwardly,
many have found some success dismantling falling fences
of separation bequeathed by past generations.
Blossoms coming into this world with rusting fences
between them & other fragile blossoms.
Seeing clearly mirrored reflections of each other
in sunligtht, breathing the same, freely offered, air.
Removing jagged fences gifts us,
our neighbors & our descendants
experienced freedom to be our loving selves
& to be kind & fearless with each other.
Courage & gentle patience, dear ones!
Trust in liberating heart’s intuition.
“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
75 Replies to “No Barriers of the Heart”
Thank you for the beautiful gift of this post. ❤
makes me happy
any fence to offer
your kind words, Ann 🙂
hello dear Ann,
please let me know if the comments i’ve made on your recent posts
have gone into spam or into a wp black hole, thanks.
wishing you a happy moment, david 🙂
This one has
Into my heart.
would be nice if you could
check your spam folder
for my comment, thanks 🙂
Do you know when and what post you commented on, by any chance? I will definitely check when I am able.
thank you for checking, Ann. commented today on your posts. a couple other blog friends found my comments in their spam.
David! I rescued two beautiful comments of yours from my spam folder. Thank you, thank you!
i’m grateful for the confirmation. has happened with all the comments i sent the past couple days. had not happened that i know of in the past. contacted the Akismet and hope they make it better 🙂
I’m grateful for how you make things better for all of us, David.
Nice post! May we drop all our defenses!
Thank you, dear Tom!
Time for me to sharpen
my worn wire-cutters 🙂
Such a meaningful reflection for our times, David! If enough of us start taking down our fences, then maybe we can move on to tearing down some of the walls that have been going up lately.
smiling to your kind understanding ,dear Tom!
some thoughts that have been
wanting to be expressed
for some time!
wishing you safety
with that barbed wire 🙂
This is particularly relevant to the area of the US in which I live. Thank you so much for your loving words and beautiful images!
i’m happy to know this may help
efforts at fence & wall removal, dear fanticshanti!
happy Easter meditations 🙂
Thank you for your messages of happiness and love. Happy Easter!
thank you, dear Inese!
makes me happy we
share happy messages.
happy Easter for you, also 🙂
I unwrap your blog posts like presents. Thank you!
so kind to exchange
presents with me, dear Brook!
i think of you when cycling
down in that part of the world 🙂
This gives me much to think about. Or maybe just to feel in my heart. I’m remembering the song, “Desperado”, and the line, “Come down from your fences. Open the gate.”
with so much fence & wall building
it makes me happy that many, like you
are creating positive energies
of physical and emotional liberation!
i loved that album. too bad it did
not turn out well for the desperado 🙂
smiling to your
Thank you for these lovely images and the evocative reflection, David. Boundaries (fences) seem sometimes necessary with people and circumstances that surpass my present courage and patience — with whom I am likely to cause or experience harm. Yet I hope they are temporary fences that I may one day dismantle when my fear is less and my confidence greater.
thank you for a valuable reflection, Cate!
While I find experiences of non-separation, I find the ultimate truth of these teachings is distant, like the moon. The guidance is like a finger pointing in the right direction. Experiencing the fences myself I know they’re not falling over anytime soon.
Wonderful having tools that give
us skillful hope 🙂
Lovely David the opening image feels so inviting …feels that I’m there ☺️🤓💫 have another snappy day ~ smiles hedy ☺️
thank you for kindly feeling invited, hedy!
looks like a fishbowl from a fisheye.
i’ll likely cycle up that way tomorrow
with my canon sidekick 🙂
Enjoy David ☀️🌼🚴🏻♂️
I feel very connected and supported after reading your beautiful words David 🌈✨🌈
wonderful hearing of your feeling connected, Karen! while not always true for me, i’m feeling happily connected now 🙂
Lovely work – both words and images. Thanks!
makes me happy that
you find it so, leo!
happy Easter to you 🙂
Happy Easter to you too!
Beautiful photos and poem. I never tire of nature in all her moods.
i’m imagining you
enjoying that nature
nearby, now 🙂
so beautiful, Thank you Love, nia
your kindness always
makes me smile, nia!
wishing you a happy
kitty day 🙂
Beautiful post David. No barrier should keep anyone from their life’s journey.
i’m so happy you found
the way around, over,
under or through
those darn fences!
gratitude for helping
others do the same 🙂
Your photos remind us that in time all fences fail and fall. May we speed up the process with such compassionate words as yours, David. And someday may humanity concentrate on building bridges instead (both physical and metaphorical!) Thank you, kind sir. 😊
smiling to your kind words, Betty!
collected the images over many bike rides.
appreciate your understanding
of what I intended to convey.
with so much fragmentation
bridges seem most needed.
wishing you gentle, joyful breaths 🙂
Wishing you the same, David! 🙂
Wonderful meeting of images and words David. It touched me deeply this morning. 💛
i’m happy you found value in this little
expression of freedom, Val!
wishing you a joyful moment 🙂
As ever, David, your words and photos are beautiful. I always enjoy reading the comments – people are so in tune and expressive.
thank you, dear Susan!
reading other’s kindness
gives me a good excuse
wishing you fence-free
moments of joy 🙂
Beautiful post, David, in images and words. I love fences in images (especially your black and white), but metaphorically, not between people. 😉
thank you for your kind words, Jane!
collected images mostly on bike rides.
wonderful taking down fences
best we can. 🙂
Wonderful, David! Love the leaning fence among the mosses.
Happy to have your presence
without any fences obstructing, Sunny!
Hope you’re well & happy 🙂
I just came across this inspiring post and feel lifted by its
message and wonderful pictures. Places to just be. The fences on pic 3 really speak.
Fallen and becoming part of nature around.
Thank you David
your coming around always makes me smile, miriam!
thank you for climbing over the fence to share
your favorite. may your day be filled with wonders 🙂
That one photo with all the moss overgrown the fence!
Here’s to living through the walls
I’m picturing the double-slit experiment
And our quantum realities
Lovely photos as always
yes, dear Ka
in the ultimate, quantum dimension
all is one, interconnected, inter-being!
suffering, one way or the other, from separation
can bring awareness that we are at the same time
both the wave & the particle; after a really, really long sit.
smiling to your, “living through the walls.” 🙂
I enjoy how you worded that! 🙂
David, fences, physical and metaphorical, are all around us, sometimes in our hearts, in relationships in our gardens, landscapes … it is finding the courage to clamber over them, dismantle them that is so daunting/ frightening. Your post is both inspiring and uplifting … your words eloquent and mindful, the photos light and beautiful! 😀
most kind & thorough distillation of what i intended to convey, dear Annika!
seems as painful as having fences & barriers are, nonetheless, we have become used to them.
certainly takes much courage to overcome such habits on our own. so nice to have a friend
or many others supporting each other, experiencing freedom of the heart.
thank you for inspiring me to cycle off today with my camera 🙂
as usual, beautiful photography!
thank you for this kind note, krcc!
i post mainly to share images
i enjoy taking impressions of nature’s beauty 🙂
Eloquently expressed. Love these beautiful images. 🙂
i’m happy you found it so, Amy!
wishing your happiness 🙂
Charlee: “We would definitely be open to no barriers between us and a squirrel.”
Chaplin: “Unfortunately, our Dada seems to be not very keen on the idea …”
barriers between squirrels?
good idea, hip kitties 🙂
Beautiful, David. So sad that we all put up fences around our heart. Dismantling them takes so much courage and determination.
perhaps long ago & far away
humans did not put up such barriers!
wonderful we can consciously dismantle
the best we can, especially with the support
of kind ones like yourself 🙂
Beautiful sentiments; so poetic.
makes me happy that you
find it poetic!
may your special day
esp with brownies 🙂
The first person to put up a fence or exterior wall probably started the concept of selling the planet piece by piece.
may you be well & happy 🙂
may you be well, Filipe 🙂