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Exploring Mind Caves For Hidden Gems December 4, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Mindfulness, Writing & Writers.

220px-Francesco_Hayez_001Writers often reveal secret passageways leading into the dark (and light) recesses of their minds as they write.

The subject matter chosen, the specific observations made, and even the individual words  drawn upon are all clues to the writer’s inner most thoughts.

Traipsing through their thoughts can be fascinating, amusing, insightful, thought-provoking and even down-right S-C-A-R-Y . . .

Depending upon the writer in question.

Sometimes a few words from the author’s pen is all it takes to warn us away from the entrance to the author’s mind ~ we read a line or two of an illogical debate or an angst-ridden poem and decide to explore someone else’s writing instead because we realize that we are not likely to find any hidden gems which can be easily excavated.

There are, undoubtedly, gems within that writer’s mind, but they are buried beneath so much dirt and debris that the effort of excavating them will far exceed their value on the marketplace.

So, we move away from the entrance of that mind cave, and skip off to find another to explore.

In the virtual world, we can explore mind caves for hidden gems without lugging about a bunch of heavy equipment which is both tiring and messy.

We can go spelunking through each other’s thoughts without carting pick axes, shovels, ropes, tents, or flashlights.

With few notable exceptions, we are not likely to lose our way and require search parties to head in after us . . . except maybe for Larilie’s brain.  We might be able to get a bit lost in there.

For those who don’t know Larilie, exploring Larilie’s Mind Caves is a bit like being in an amusement park during an earthquake, treading lightly upon constantly shifting terrain designed to throw us a bit off balance as we giggle madly toward the EXIT.

Despite the relative safety of exploring hidden mind caves, readers should condition themselves for extended excursions by taking short forays followed by periods of rest, and should carry sufficient provisions (Gummi Bears, Necco Wafers, or Gummi Bears Cosmos) to sustain their energy and enthusiasm while exploring through dark recesses, alley ways, and more than a few dead ends.

Historic Note of Interest:

Admiral Byrd took 2.5 tons (or tonnes) of Necco Wafers with him when he explored the South Pole.

Amazing!  That’s 5,000 pounds of sugar!  I wonder if they used it to sweeten their tea?  If it was just to munch on, why not 5,000 pounds of chocolate?

Mmm . . . chocolate.

Related post:  Down the Blog Hole


1. Paula Tohline Calhoun - December 4, 2010

Love this post Nancy! One other thing, sometimes by our exploration od the deepest and darkest caves, and thoughts elicited by such exploring we can bring light even when it is not sought! Case in point: When my eldest brother was 18 months old, he went with my parents on a trip out west. One of the stops on the way was Carlsbad caverns. During the tour, the group is ushered into a room that is completely devoid of light. In order to give the greatest impact to the group, the leader, before extinguishing the artificial light, asks everyone present to remove all their watches that had “radium” dials, or anything that might possibly emit any light, and to place it in their pockets. he also said that in order to preserve the total effect of the utter darkness, it is very important to preserve complete and total SILENCE! So, properly sobered, the group hushed completely. The light was extinguished, and the effect was incredible! When suddenly, my brother John, held tightly in my father’s arms, piped up, “D-A-D-D-Y??” (He could feel him, but couldn’t see him!) Well, the leader sighed and turned the lights back on and glared at my folks. In his mind the demonstration was ruined. In everybody else’s it was made! One child’s voice can bring light where nothing or no one else can. So go ahead and explore those caves! Just bring your inner child with you! 😀

Loreen Lee - December 4, 2010

Beautiful. Plato is also known for an Allegory of the Cave. The important thing is that whether it be cave or plateau something can come from the experience that may bring new meaning to one’s life. (Back to my rewrites! grin grin)

2. nrhatch - December 4, 2010

Paula ~ Lovely! There is nothing like a bit of childlike wonder to bring light to dark.

3. Loreen Lee - December 4, 2010

Guess you didn’t like McCumber’s parameters of the picks and shovels you can take with you to explore caves, (or deltas). Too bad. But then, it’s becoming predictable.

Loreen Lee - December 4, 2010

P.S. I understand that you only like to explore caves where you might not need a shovel. etc. But if I did this, I believe I would have missed a lot of ‘gems’. After all, the only way to get gold sometimes is with a pick axe.

nrhatch - December 4, 2010

Sometimes, the more you dig around in the past, the more dirt, debris, and detritus you disturb ~ with nary a gem in sight. 😉

4. nrhatch - December 4, 2010

A Golden Nugget From the Dalai Lama:

“Too much of a self-centered attitude creates mistrust and suspicion in others, which can in turn lead to fear. But, if you have an open mind, and you cultivate a sense of concern for others’ well-being, then, no matter what others’ attitudes are, you can keep your inner peace.”

The agitated and confused state of others need not be internalized.

Loreen Lee - December 4, 2010

Nor commented on, if you are truly detached.

nrhatch - December 4, 2010

So true! 😉

5. Cindy - December 4, 2010

Is Larilie a blogger?
Never mind, I want to know what a Necco tastes like.

nrhatch - December 4, 2010

Larilie entertained us on WEbook with some fascinating blog type posts, but I don’t think that she has her own blog . . . yet.

She’s friends with James McShane, Andalib, and other WTFers.

Necco wafers come in different flavors. The black ones are licorice, the yellow ones are lemon, etc.

6. Richard W Scott - December 5, 2010

In this country, if you include Necco wafers in your Hallowe’en offerings, the kids pass them by. Kids think of Necco Wafers as old people candy. ))

nrhatch - December 5, 2010

I enjoy the occasion Necco wafer . . . interspersed with massive quantities of chocolate. 😉

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