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Teach Us To Be(etle) Silent

We need to find God,
and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence.
See how nature — trees, flowers, grass — grows in silence; see the stars, the
moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch
  ~ Mother Teresa

As we hiked Boynton Vista Trail in Sedona, Arizona, we stumbled upon this beautiful beetle. It is called the Paloverde Root Borer and as
monsoon season approaches, many parts of Arizona feel quite tropical, with
warmer, more humid air. On languid summer afternoons and evenings, these
beetles can be seen flying around trees looking for mates. These giant, black
insects can grow up to 3 1/2 inches long, and as you can see by the photo, this
crunchy critter fit the bill. But, you may also notice, this lone beetle is not
flying and not in search of a mate. He (no science here to prove gender—“it”
just LOOKED like a “he” to me) is simply relaxing in the quiet “sound of

The hike began as a well-defined walking path; however, as we traveled deeper into the forest, it became more difficult to tell if we were actually on a trail because others had made so many “renegade”
paths. The trail narrowed and became much more steep. As a result, we were forced to stop the chatter between hiking partners and simply pay attention to our steps. In turn, what did this create?………………..SILENCE!
Beautiful, glorious, WELCOMED, silence. I couldn’t believe how loud it was. I couldn’t believe how my
sense of sight was enhanced once the chatter ended. Colors popped, butterflies
(in silent flight) circled around us
in numbers, trees seemed taller, and the red rock cliffs weren’t just red, but seemed to transform into a fiery crimson.

As we approached Mr. Beetle, I realized that in the silence
of the forest, this creature relished. Every
in this space seemed to delight in the silence. I thought about the
well-intentioned hiker, out for some exercise and a chance to feel the energy of this magical place
called Sedona. Yes, we have every right to engage in the beauty, but the
experience is 1000 fold when we align ourselves with the quiet essence of everything around us.

Before we “stumbled” upon the beetle, there was silence;
after we left the beetle, there was silence. In this space, everything
thrived! Mother Teresa understood the profound connection between allowing for “quiet time” and our ability to flourish. Although my life consists
of more “noise” than silence (at the moment), beetle showed me that I am able to create the stillness when I need to…and
I know I must do just that.

Thank you, Paloverde Root Borer…


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