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Chapel Falls – A Two Minute Meditation

By Andrew Furst @a_furst

This is the final stop on a series of waterfall shoots I made the first weekend in March out in Western Massachusetts. After unsuccessfully attempting to reach Tannery Falls, I meandered over to Ashfield to see Chapel Falls.

A few years ago, I was in conversations with a headhunter about a job at Crane Paper in Pittsfield.  They are the company that produces the paper for US currency.  Some friends were recommending places to live and the prime candidate was Ashfield.  My hour in this lovely little town quickly validated that recommendation.  I stopped at Neighbor’s Mobil to get gas, and was greeted by a friendly guy who liked my Mini Cooper (which had not an hour ago had been winched out of a gully).  He had a laid back, welcoming way about him that made me feel at home.

I went into the store to hunt for a sandwich and the friendliness continued to flow.  The folks at the store were that rare stock of people who just know how to help.  I got my sandwich and hopped in line to witness one first name basis conversation after another between the customers and the staff.  Everyone knows everyone and despite the fact that everyone looked unique, there was a sense of “I accept you as you are” no questions asked.

When I arrived at the parking lot for the falls and got out of my car, again waves and greetings.  Dogs excited to see me and walk the trails.  Just a bright beautiful place. I left with a feeling that maybe some day, I might return there to stay a little bit longer.

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These videos are produced for those of us who spend an inordinately large amount of time in the cyber-world.  They are not a substitute for unplugging from your devices and taking a stroll near trees, water, or a patch of unkempt grass.  Getting out into the world - touching, smelling, hearing, and seeing nature is the best way to reconnect with our prime purpose.  

What is our prime purpose? We are feeling and sensing machines.  We are the universe looking back on itself. We are witness to the wonders and dangers of living in this corner of the cosmos.  We are the seekers looking for connection a little further beyond yesterday's borders and boundaries.

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