~~July 18, 2014~~
In geography, an oasis (plural: oases) or cienega (Southwestern United States) is an isolated area of vegetation in a desert, typically surrounding a spring or similar water source. Oases also provide habitat for animals and even humans if the area is big enough. The location of oases has been of critical importance for trade and transportation routes in desert areas; caravans must travel via oases so that supplies of water and food can be replenished.
Oases are formed from underground rivers or aquifers such as an artesian aquifer, where water can reach the surface naturally by pressure or by man-made wells. Occasional brief thunderstorms provide subterranean water to sustain natural oases, such as the Tuat. Substrata of impermeable rock and stone can trap water and retain it in pockets, or on long faulting subsurface ridges or volcanic dikes water can collect and percolate to the surface. Any incidence of water is then used by migrating birds, which also pass seeds with their droppings which will grow at the water’s edge forming an oasis.
In figurative terms, we also use the word “oasis” as a place of rest, recharging and regrouping. It’s a peaceful, serene place where we can let our guards down and relax.
The trials and tribulations of life do not let up!
Our world has turned into this dangerous, complicated, duplicitous, stressed place. There’s no peace … meaning outside of us (war and conflicts) or inside of us (stress of daily living). Either we are exposed to outside dangers: environmental, governmental, political – or we are exposed to internal strife (familiar, financial, job-related). You name it, fill in your blanks.
You can refer to a pleasant place or situation as an oasis when it is surrounded by unpleasant ones.
Let’s go away.
Let’s find our own personal oasis. We are hurting, we are tired, we are spent. We feel we can’t go on anymore. The forces are too strong to keep going. We need to recharge, we need to rest. There’s too much static. There’s the sound of war drums everywhere.
Wherever that may be, let’s go there today!!
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Enjoy the peace, see the beauty, feel the heart beat and the breathing slow down. Take it all in. Soothes the soul, calms the spirit, rejuvenates you, recharges you. Let the running water purify your soul. We need to be replenished.
Gather the supplies, fill the reservoirs because the journey continues until you find the next oasis.
We ALL are ONE!!