“When nothing seems to help, I go look
at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock
perhaps a hundred times without as much
as a crack showing in it.
Yet at the hundred and first blow
it will split in two, and I know
it was not that blow that did it,
but all that had gone before.”
Showing the simple beauty in the fractures our experiences here on earth bring into our lives. Be you a river stone or a sculpture of David, we all deserve to be seen for the gift we are.
Today, cairns are built for many purposes. The most common use in North America and Northern Europe is to mark mountain bike and hiking trails and other cross-country trail blazing, especially in mountain regions at or above the tree line… Placed at regular intervals, a series of cairns can be used to indicate a path across stony or barren terrain, even across glaciers. Such cairns are often placed at junctions or in places where the trail direction is not obvious, and may also be used to indicate an obscured danger, such as a sudden drop, or a noteworthy point such as the summit of a mountain.
Although the practice is not common in English, cairns are sometimes referred to by their anthropomorphic qualities. In German and Dutch, a cairn is known as steinmann and steenman respectively, meaning literally “stone man”. A form of the Inuit inuksuk is also meant to represent a human figure, and is called an inunguak (“imitation of a person”). In Italy, especially the Italian Alps, a cairn is an ometto, or a “small man”. Wikipedia
“Each of us is carving a stone,
erecting a column, or cutting a piece of
stained glass in the construction of
something much bigger than ourselves.”
“Whenever someone awakens fully,
it effects human consciousness at a collective level.
It is like dropping a stone into a dark murky pond.
Ripples of light!
Not one word need be spoken.”