I walked into the small shop with the large windows and took a deep breath in through my nostrils. A warm and sugary swirl of baked goods calmly wafted by as my eyes fixated on the glass case sitting in front of me that was filled with freshly baked donuts, cupcakes, and loaves of sweetened bread. I walked behind the line of people who took their time ordering their breakfast and coffee with the hopes of snapping out of their drowsy state of shortened sleep.
A short woman with rounded cheeks smiled and peered out through the glass that sat below the marble counter. “How may I help you?”
“One who will not accept solitude, stillness and quiet recurring moments…is caught up in the wilderness of addictions; far removed from an original state of being and awareness. This is ‘dis-ease.” ― T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”
When you close your eyes and embrace the darkness, which had been hiding underneath your lids, you tend to tune your ears in to the sounds that surround you. You can hear a pen drop. You focus your nose on all of the smells that dance in circles and swirl, and you could smell the small bit of perfume wafting away down the hall. And as you keep your eyes closed off to the universe, you can feel yourself reaching out in the dark for another soul. You rely on your other senses when you cut off one. Continue reading ““Q” is for Quiet”→
It’s as peaceful as peanut butter and jelly with the way that the two separate parts come together to create something new with the combination of its tart and sweet flavors while still being two very different things. Somewhere along the cool refreshing and slowly moving Volga river in the heart of Russia, the republic of Tatarstan has brought together two religions that has also stood side-by-side one another in its history.
The small town of Tatarstan, located approximately 800 kilometers east of Moscow, has had its fair share of war and exploration along Russia’s largest river, which has and is still being used for transport. “The Volga helped us to conquer new lands in the Middle Ages and its importance as a connecting thread between the centuries and civilizations, between the people, cultures and religions of those who live on its banks, is invaluable,” Yevgeniya Novikova, a Tatarstan tourism expert explains, but the river has shaped the land around it in another way as well. Continue reading “Like Peanut Butter and Jelly”→