Thursday, September 20, 2007

True Peace



Of all the images in my National Geographic this month, all the beauty and magic showcased from Southeast Asia, Belize, Egypt and Alaska--this is the image that moved me.

It is a monk in Thailand walking with a rescued tiger.

To have loved, nurtured and cherished life so completely that you can walk side by side in peace with even the danger--even the teeth and claws--
and still be unafraid of things others would fear--would run screaming from--but you are not afraid
because you have faith...

in the love you've given.

This is paradise on earth.

8 comments:

Karen said...

The tiger didn't scare me but YOU just gave me goosebumps.

Shawn said...

Yes, it is. Thank you. I love that, and your words.

Travis Erwin said...

Well put.

Tia Nevitt said...

Lovely photo . . . and lovely words to go along with them.

bella said...

Wow.
Catching my breath, breathing deep.
This was divine.

Shannon said...

Camaraderie...also part of paradise on earth. :-)

AM I A HINDU? said...

You are right. This is indeed a very moving photo.

Christian said...

As a boy, I dreamed of living with tigers. In my room were handwoven rugs depicting the incredible beast, and as soon as I was old enough to be able to do so, I made a tiger out of plaster and painted it by hand. It was one of my finest early achievements. This photo took me back to that time...and your words took me even further into a transcendent state. Thank you.