Friday, 23 February 2018

On The Topic of Geysers.


Just recently I was set one of those Facebook challenges.   For this one I had post a picture of a book that I loved each day for a week.  Now those that made it to my page weren't necessarily my favourites.   There's too many to mention  and I probably could have easily kept going for a year. I am a self confessed bookworm after all.  Never knowingly without a book.

This is one that got away. It was given to me by my friends John and Julie on my last American trip,  the geyser geeks' Bible.   My friends had updated to the fourth edition so it was a cast off!  Nonetheless ownership gives me membership of an extra special nerdy geological clan.    Now you'd think that thermal features are relatively static but this is not the case.  Geysers come and go out of dormancy hence the need for revisions to the book.   Fascinating stuff about my favourite place in the world even if some of it is twenty years out of date.

I'm doing  an exercise at the moment in the  hope of changing my thought patterns for the better.  Whenever I notice something that creates a negative motion I'll turn  my thinking around to something more upbeat.  I'm combing my mind for  memories of times when  I was in a state of bliss. When I need an edifying thought I'll then have them to hand to counteract sadness, anger, envy, bitching.....all those kind of things.  My presence at two eruptions of my beloved Beehive Geyser are way up the list.   Great big sticking plasters in my emotional first aid pack.  For remembering those times when I witnessed such a majestic and unpredictable natural phenomenon fills me with awe and joy.

8 comments:

  1. Who knew there'd be a book about geysers?! Consciously making an effort to think about nice things instead of negative ones is a great idea.

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  2. I had a terrible noise phobia when younger - loud thumping stereos from the neighbors etc. What was worse was waiting for it to happen when it wasn't going on. I stressed myself more over "listening" for it to happen and dreading it going to happen than actually having to listen to it. To "cure" myself of that in-between time stress I would tell myself 'I'm not going to think about that right now, I'm going to think about something I like." And I would - over and over and over again. Eventually I was able to do it quicker and longer and today (many years later) don't suffer from the in-between dread. Actually having to hear it is still hard on me, but where I live now there's very little of it and I use music and earphones to cope. So your idea DOES work - just keep on doing it - Good luck!

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    1. Yes I had a hunch that it would. One of the things I'm working on at the moment is actually noticing the thoughts that I can turn away from. It just occurred to me yesterday that many have the theme 'It's not fair!'. xx

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  3. This is very helpful because I have been a victim of bullies for several years & as Robin says even the in between times when it's fine I ever know when they are going to"kick off.I have to adjust my thought pattern-thanks x

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  4. Being in nature is another way to counteract negativity. Go geysers!

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  5. I love your insights into life on this planet. And, OMG, if I could get rid of the "It's not fair" recording in my head, I know I'd be calmer. I'm working on it.
    Yes, Yellowstone is a great treasure. I lived in Bozeman for about 15 years, and trips to the park were always an adventure. Sometimes, we had to work to avoid tourists trying to take pictures of themselves with a bison (no, this is not a petting zoo), but my memories of the park are a great comfort to me when life is too much with me.
    One time we were staying in the Lake Lodge, on Lake Yellowstone, and the power went out while we were at dinner. My young son was frightened by a darkness he'd never seen before, but the staff lit lanterns, and we went outside to wait for the generators to kick in. We stood on a deck looking over the lake below us, and were completely drowned in the stars blossoming over the lake. A cherished memory.

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