In Bahrain, You Can’t See the Universe

Sunset wadi rum by eva the dragon oct 2013

After our Arabic dinner in the tent, we skipped sitting around the campfire to look at the stars.

In Bahrain, it is difficult to grasp the Universe’s enormity.  Only the moon and a handful of the brightest stars shine through the light and air pollution.  We lie under a cover of orange haze.

In Wadi Rum, lying on our backs, the night sky was both a sheltering blanket and an awesome demonstration of our potential for limitless expansion.

The desert cooled and the wind kicked up.

Nearly dark wadi rum jordan by eva the dragon october 2013

After four shooting stars and a full day of land and air travel, we retired to bed.

In my warm bed, I closed my eyes.

I listened for the sounds of footsteps on the gravel, pots clanging, dogs barking and kids playing music.  There was nothing.

I listened for the wind whistling through the shrubs, voices carried from the village and animals scurrying.  There was nothing.

I listened harder.

My ears searched for a vibration to hang on.  There was only silence.

As the silence spread over me, my senses adjusted.  My eyes quit trying to focus. My ears slackened.  My skin absorbed the stillness.  My whole being relaxed.  Until, finally, I was only aware of my heart beating.

For hours I rested in that profound stillness.

And I realized our limitless potential for Peace.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kern
    Oct 16, 2013 @ 05:47:24

    This is very well described and I can feel the desert air and hear the deafening silence. I have shared similar feelings in remote locations and have been drawn to wonder and accept the enormity of what I can perceive. Thanks for the inspirational writing.

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    • Eva the Dragon
      Oct 19, 2013 @ 10:27:35

      Hi Kern, It is good to get away and be naturally inspired. It makes me realize why people choose to live simply in remote areas. It really fills the soul. Thank you.

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  2. Jono Cusack
    Oct 16, 2013 @ 06:54:09

    Amazing pictures 🙂

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  3. Anonymous
    Oct 16, 2013 @ 09:11:45

    Your blog is filling me with memories of Jordan. thank you.
    One I didn’t share was the nice warm bed. both times I went to Wadi Rum, it was FREEZING at night. I slept as close to the campfire as I could without being set alight! but you are so right about the silence and the stars. So beautiful. thank you for reminding me.

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  4. winfredpeppinck
    Oct 16, 2013 @ 16:54:42

    Lovely story, oh the serenity. Wadi Rum impressed us most of all the places that we saw in Jordan, the vastness and the ‘big space’ of which you write you brought it all back although alas, we could only imagine thee night sky.

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    • Eva the Dragon
      Oct 19, 2013 @ 10:24:20

      It is such a pity the children in Bahrain cannot experience such a beautiful site. We have to take ourselves too far way to experience what our ancestors took for granted. Thank you Winfred for commenting.

      Reply

  5. forthwrite
    Oct 16, 2013 @ 23:39:00

    I’m almost sorry I wasn’t awake to experience, as you did, the profound silence. 😉

    Reply

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