Edward Abbey: Benedicto

“Benedicto: May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets’ towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you — beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.”  ~ Edward Abbey

Edward Abbey was born January 29th, 1927 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and died March 14th, 1989 in his Tucson, Arizona home.

Dear reader… this Benedicto is one of my favorite poems ever!
I feel so much passion and love when I read it aloud. Perhaps you will enjoy reading it out loud also.

Are you familiar with Edward Abbey? He was an American writer and environmental activist who (fittingly) arranged for his own green burial before he died. He did not want to be embalmed or placed in a coffin. Rather, he requested that his friends place him in the rocky earth inside his old sleeping bag. His instructions read, “I want my body to help fertilize the growth of a cactus or cliff rose or sagebrush or tree.” So, Edward Abbey’s friends buried him (illegally) somewhere in southwestern Arizona.

To learn more about legal green burials, you can visit the website of the Green Burial Council to find green cemeteries in the USA. If you are in the UK, here is a site about green burials: The Natural Death Centre, which maintains a list of natural burial grounds. If you live in another country and know of a website for green burials there, please share in the comments below. Also, in one of my previous posts, (“Will You Choose Burial or Cremation?”) I mentioned a book on this topic, which I will review here soon.

The trails of our lives are winding and mysterious…
And, as Edward Abbey wrote, hopefully they are leading to the most amazing views!

May this post uplift your mind and touch your heart.

With great love,


Grand Canyon photo* taken by Teja in Arizona in May, 2015.

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Orange You Uplifted Now?

Do you have an aromatherapy diffuser or candle holder? If so, what are your favorite scents? Have you ever tried orange essential oil?

If you are new to aromatherapy, diffusers are available in many stores and online. However, if you are not ready to invest in one, you can purchase an inexpensive aromatherapy candle holder, such as the one in the photo* with this post. You simply put a tea light candle in the bottom, fill the top dish with water, and then add drops of your essential oil. (I actually found this beautiful ceramic green candle holder at the Dollar Tree, so I only paid one buck for it!)

Each essential oil carries different benefits, and it is fun to explore this realm, especially if you are sensitive to smells. My favorite scents tend to be of the woods, such as cedarwood, which is said to strengthen, empower, and relieve stress. In the winter I love pine needle for its purifying and refreshing qualities. Today I am burning orange essential oil in my candle holder. Orange oil is refreshing like pine needle, and it is also invigorating and uplifting. It is known for its antidepressant, happy-ing up effects because it boosts energy and improves mood.

Orange oil is made from fresh, sweet orange peels. The scent reminds me of eating a juicy, drippy orange over the kitchen sink! That is a happy olfactory image for me… Is it for you also?

Dear reader, I hope you enjoyed this post!
May your days be happier and happier!


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StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Find Comfort in Times of Angst


May you take refuge in that which brings you delight.

May you attract uplifting experiences.

May your weekend be blessed with inspiring elements of the whimsical, or the merry, or the unusual.

May you find comfort in times of angst.


Orange zinnia photo by Efraimstochter on Pixabay.