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Gen. Chat “So I sat in this random rock garden last night...” by scoutspeeder

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scoutspeeder 9 years ago on 09/08/05
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and it was one of those enlightening experiences that are amazing for no apparent reason.

Story goes like this: I was bored with talking online and reading OB, LJ, and SA, so I decided to go for a walk. More like I felt compelled to go for a walk. And this doesn't seem right cause it was already 10pm and I have to get up for work at 6am. I did it anyway.

So I just walked, somewhat randomly, and even ended up in a few places I probably shouldn't have been that late at night. I once ended up on a busy highway, trying not to get hit by the fast moving cars (bad idea when wearing dark clothing), and later I ended up in a contruction site; I think it was for a huge addition on a church (a lot of big churches in this Lancaster area). So I'm knew to this area, I don't know it at all, yet I was still basically trying to get lost in pitch-black-but-beautiful-night-sky-ness.

In my random wanderings, I approached a road to which its destination I did not know. Being adventuous (and lost anyway), I took it. It led to some massive open field, and I started a trek across the field. This is where I suddenly came across a rock garden. Lines and circles of huge white boulders. It was beautiful. I got as excited as someone discovering a new continent. I felt a rush come over me, though partly because I was probably trespassing. I plomped myself down on one of the larger, flatter rocks, and sat in the full lotus position. My converse shoes were now dirting up my clean pair of jeans, but I didn't care because the night sky was crystal clear. Sitting in the middle of this HUGE field on a rock, I could see every star in the whole sky.

Being there I felt like one of those wandering stars: far from everything, somewhat lonely, yet full of burning light and POWER. I pondered life. I pondered death. It was glorious. After sitting there for about a half an hour, I decided I wanted to share the moment with the world, so I share it with OB.

So anyway, I guess this thread is about similar experiences about something simple, but felt amazing to you, or responces to my experience with this.

P.S. It took me a really long time to get home cause I had no idea where I was. Fortunately I survived to tell the tale.

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Nick The Newbie 9 years ago on 09/08/05
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I looked up into the night sky with night vision goggles and saw more stars then I had ever seen before. It was beautiful.
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Craig 9 years ago on 09/09/05
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I masturbated in the woods once....

a gentle fap fap fapping in the wind along with the singing of birds and the chirping of crickets.



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amalthea 9 years ago on 09/09/05
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That reminds me that I need to go sit in the huge open field behind my apartment again. There is just something that is really soul-soothing about that.
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scoutspeeder 9 years ago on 09/09/05
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John Booty posted this 2 hours ago
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I really loved that post, scoutspeeder! I need to go and chill in the woods myself, I think. I'm overdue for one of those late-night treks.

I haven't done anything like this is sooo long too, being busy with college and all. This was even better since I'm in an area completely unfamiliar to me. I hope i have inspired you, Booty, to wander nature!
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mheart 9 years ago on 09/09/05
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"I looked up into the night sky with night vision goggles and saw more stars then I had ever seen before."

That's awesome. I'd never thought of that before but it totally makes sense!

Anyway, I like this thread. Rather meditative.

I had a somewhat similar experience, except it was with another person (we weren't talking much) and it was on the roof of an old building @ Penn State. Dude, if you go down into the steampipe area there's tons of cool stuff --- old entrances to buildings, an office room and even a tunnel that was once above ground with lots of artsy graffiti on it! we even broke into Old Main.. should I be saying this? lol

Anyway we had to go up through an attic, kind of, and over various hot and cold pipes, and all the air was dry. At one point we reached some old chemistry area where there was a cabinet full of really old medicine and such. The roof showed us a pretty good view of the campus, and the stars were all out and it was rather cold (it was December 4th, actually). It was pretty nice though..

Atmosphere really does play a part into moods & thoughts... :)
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scoutspeeder 9 years ago on 09/10/05
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"Anyway, I like this thread. Rather meditative."

I'm a meditative kinda guy. I spent a lot of my childhood just chilaxin in the woods (welcome to pennsylvania).
 
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Hero 9 years ago on 09/10/05
I was helping my sister move out of the desert last weekend.

When we came into 29 Palms late at night and the family piled out of the car, we all stared up...

So many stars, counting would've been fruitless and taken away from the point of really seeing them.

You feel very small and blessed when millions of lights all represent distances that are billions upon billions of miles away.
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Remya 9 years ago on 09/10/05
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Sounds too much like a condensed Thoreau rant. But yay, pretty nature experience.
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Craig 9 years ago on 09/10/05
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I live in the middle of BFE, the moon and stars are so bright that on clear nights it lights up the yard like it's dawn.


Nice to watch but I'd really prefer having my broadband back.
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scoutspeeder 9 years ago on 09/10/05
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pfft who needs the internet when there is NATURE. I sure as hell don't.

wait...what?
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Slagpit 9 years ago on 09/11/05
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a few years ago, shortly after my father kicked me out, I used to wander randomly around Newark at night. Every once in a while, I'd actually set a destination in my mind... like, one time, I decided I was going to walk to White Clay Creek State Park, even though I didn't know just how far that was. I walked... I dunno... about a third of the way there, and stopped in this gazebo in the middle of a community I found, and just sat down, watching the sky, looking at the stars, the clouds, listening to the sounds of the night... It was all a really great inspiration for me. The next day I wound up writing a few poems, and some attempts at songs.

Another time, I bought myself some food at the grocery store, and sat down in this small park near where I was living at the time. While I ate, I sat on this park bench, and watched as the dawn creaped up over the trees... it was really cool... one of those sights you wish you had someone to share it with...
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J-Rock 9 years ago on 09/11/05
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Reminds me of when in September, 2001 I was invited to stay a few days with a friend at his house in upstate NY.

Except it wasn't a house, it was a compound.

One larger, modern house (And I mean modern. Every room had a computer and wallfished ethernet sockets. Even the kitchen.), and a smaller fully restored Victorian styled house that was a part of the land when his family bought it. He told me it was built in the late 1800s- early 1900's and looked so pristine, I didn't wanna dirty it with my presence.

And both houses were surrounded by over 10 acres of sheer greenery, and gated.

I knew his family was successfull, but DAYUM!! I was taken back. I'm a child of the hood. Opportunities like this never happen to peoples like me. So I took advantage of those acres, did my best Legend of Zelda impersonation, and explored the hell outta them. It felt surreal waking up, and after washing my face and hands, walking over perfect looking grass in my house shoes without a single fear of getting hurt.


I remembered being utterly amazed of not seeing a single weed on the ground, and that all the trees I saw wasn't decorated at the base with poisonous mushrooms and other imperfections. I discovered a small flower garden behind the older house with a cobblestone walkway and a rocking chair. I couldn't help but sit down, close my eyes, and just reflect of what I went through throughout my life. I breathe in the fragrance the garden provided and my ears were delighted with the sounds of a roaring breeze and a choir of birds. A few times I end up napping there.

At the same time I felt calm and relieved by the serenity of the compund, I felt envious of my friend. He gets to enjoy this while I constantly wake up to blaring horns, ducking hopeless beggars and drunks pushing rusty shopping carts looking for spent bottles and cans of beer and liquor, and occasionally stepping over animal waste and puddles of dried blood. Yeah it's not fair, but I make with my surroundings the best way I know how and use my journey there as inspiration. I'd be damned if my kids experience the same shit I went through in my youth. I'd be damned if I die in those surroundings.
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Wolf 9 years ago on 09/11/05
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i had a similar experiance over the summer. i spent the summer at school. and, unfortunately, my one friend who was on campus had just left, and i was getting a little overwhelmed by it (i made a post about it i think), but so at like 11 o'clock at night, i went outside, walked down the street a little ways and plunked myself down under a tree and just looked straight up for a good hour or two. everything about it was perfect. the lighting on the leaves turned them a nice golden/green sort of mix, and the night sky was perfectly clear. for some reason it helped me accept the fact that my friend went home for the rest of the summer and just allowed me to accept things as the way they were. but yeah, i highly recommend trying it out. just go out do the same thing, and try not to focus on anything in particular. just relax and don't concentrate, let yourself float away.
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Lucifer 9 years ago on 09/11/05
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I find this experience always to feel very good. Essentially it is when you are closest to yourself. You are alone, without any television, radio, boss, significant other, or any other disturbance. Just you. You are the only one that has to answer to yourself at this time. Time for reflection, and resonance. To know your own truth as it unfolds as fast as thought. To think about how you influence the world, and how the world influences you. Your own microcosm, and macrocosm. To be able to understand who you are on the most inner levels without the complexities of everyday grind.
This is what it means to me. I often get away to meditate and think about life. Think about myself and and my very being.
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J-Rock 9 years ago on 09/11/05
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That was beautiful, man.
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Wolf 9 years ago on 09/11/05
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i need to do that again

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