How Far to Heaven?


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How long would it take to get there? Can we reach it with our spaceships? Can we see it in our telescopes?

Is it just beyond our nature walk? Half past, the serene beauty flowing under picturesque landscape. A path we cross over from one place to another.

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Is it at the end of the peaceful rush of water? Trickling over and under to a destination we have yet to discover. Washing us clean, and renewing our life in the sliding cascade.

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Is it not to the sky, but on the surface? Where the wonders of plump baby feet stand. The bliss of bare earth between our toes to grip, to run, to feel.

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Is it a touch away? The gentle kiss from one to another, no matter the differences, no matter the reciprocation, just a gesture of kindness, a gesture of love. The purest love there is – acceptance and innocence – just as you are.

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Is it as far as our adventures take us? The freedom of discovery. The direction of the unknown; awaiting with wondering eyes, and fervid exhalations.

Maybe, it’s just around the corner. Can you see it?
Maybe, it’s just up the trail. Can you follow it?
Maybe, if we run we can catch a glimpse. Can you seek it?
Or maybe, just maybe, it’s not as far as we think.


“How far to heaven? Just open your eyes and look. You are in heaven” -Shankar

**Photos by Angelia Sims

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55 thoughts on “How Far to Heaven?

  1. I just got back from France and I’ve been wondering how to express the beauty of Monet’s garden, Giverny. You’ve given me a medium — the photo essay. Thanks for your inspiration and your comment!

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  2. Oh my goodness. I may be called creepy for this, but I just want to nibble on those cute little feet! D2 is in for it when I get home today 😛

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  3. Beautiful Angelia! I absolutely adore your photo essays!

    ♥Spot

    PS- love the one of the girl running down the road in the tutu and sneakers. Is it one of Jason’s girls?

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  4. Absolutely lovely Angelia – the perfect pictures for the accompanying words. Your last photo however was the very best. Where exactly was the nature walk picture taken, it looks so very nice.

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  5. I love this, Angelia, and the beautiful photos. We miss so much because of the mindsets we get stuck in. Often heaven is a lot closer than we think. Thanks for sharing this.

    Heather

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  6. Heaven was climbing into my bed last Saturday night with my husband and my two dogs. I was sicker than a weasel, but so glad to be home and in the arms of my family.

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  7. So warming! I enjoyed every bit of it seeing I’m an emotional bird when it comes to losing loved ones and my brother’s death day is tomorrow….he’s in a better place though:) thanks babe!

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  8. You have captured the ideas of the quote beautifully!! Your photography is amazing, Angelia. Absolutely amazing!!
    And heaven? I’m ready …….. whenever. I feel like it’s just an outstretched arm away, right at the end of my vision.

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  9. My mom just got a book last week when she was here, and read it, and gave it to us…if you lived remotely close, I’d loan it to you. Its called “Flight to Heaven” by Capt Dale Black ….Check it out!

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  10. Beautiful pictures! I came by from SITS and thought I had read this post. Then I realized you were participating in Mama Kat’s workshop and this is the second entry I am viewing. lol…great pictures and words.

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  11. This is an enlightening post! Just as I was reading it, I suddenly remembered a line from a song, “…heaven is a place on Earth.” If I remember correctly, that was the line from the song with the same name sung by Belinda Carlisle. Many years back when I was listening to that song, it was just a song then. However, when I recalled the song and reading this post, it dawned on me that Heaven is really wherever we are doing and it is in us. Just as Shankar said, “…You are in heaven.”

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  12. Very nice and inspiring post Angelia, Heaven is right in front of us if we are able to allow it to exist, your post just made it easier for a lot of us to see it.

    Thank You 🙂

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