by Renate Maria Bell
Bridges connect one place to another. They symbolize the link between the material world and the spiritual world, between heaven and earth. For this reason, bridges are regularly featured in manicured lawns and are particularly common in Chinese and Japanese gardens.
Tucked away among the trails of Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina, a petite high-arching bridge captured my attention.Its white rails and base reflected the morning light, giving the illusion of a heavenly path, an invitation to a higher world that we know is nearby yet cannot quite see.
The bridge and its reflection almost form a perfect circle, the shape which expresses the essence of wholeness and unity of opposites. The more I look at this bridge, the more I understand the necessity for extroversion and introversion, for moments of sharp clarity and for inner contemplation and reflection, for you and me.
Each of us possesses a unique personality which we project out into the world balanced by our private side– that vulnerable place housing and sheltering our heart with all its joys and sorrows. Only our closest and trusted friends are invited to cross the bridge and enter.
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