On pavements and the bark of trees I have found whole worlds.
I like to think of this quotation as coming from the mind of someone looking at the world through a microscope, although I have little information on Mark Tobey, its author. I find that when we examine anything up close it reveals to us the reflection of our own inner world.
This amazing photo of tree bark shows my own roughness, my hills and valleys, my myriad colorations. I see notches and pits and places that aren't pretty to look at individually, but together they create a patchwork of protection. It reminds me of what the dark side of the moon might look like and what my own dark side is. I see light and shadow and a plethora of hiding places. I see the scars from many ancient wounds that have been healed but still symbolize the experience of living. I see something that grows on the outside as the inner also grows, stretching and extending its boundaries to encompass more and more of its expanding self. I see the texture of life and the beauty of living.
Sweet Spirit of the Universe, let me look upon all Creation as a reflection of myself, and see there the beauty of both the rough spots and the smooth plains of being.
http://www.agingabundantly.com (Another place to learn about growth.)