The ‘Grotte de Niaux’ is situated between Tarascon and Ariege, France. It was discovered in 1902 and rivals the internationally acclaimed Lascaux for the quality and conservation of its paintings, which are some 13,000 years old. The grotto consists of several kilometres of splendidly coloured galleries. Furnished with special lamps (for preservation purposes) visitors pass along a long 800 metre gallery, then into a natural rotunda, the Salon Noir. This vast hemicycle (a horseshoe-shape) has a flat floor of dry clay and walls covered with drawings of bison, horses, deer, fish and ibex (110 in total) made using a mixture of charcoal and manganese.
Some years ago my husband and I visited a similar site to that at Niaux. It was near the famous Lascaux. Pictures of such environments cannot compare with ‘walking into’ and coming face to face with the creativity of one’s early ancestors.
- Suggestion: how about a walking holiday that encompassed ‘walking into’ such prehistoric sites as Niaux and Lascaux? There are a number of such walking holidays. For instance, at: www.walksworldwide.com you’ll find a walking holiday in Libya, which “… takes you trekking into the Sahara desert and to the Acacus Mountains. The area is especially prolific in prehistoric rock art”.‘Walking into the light’ is a website about how to achieve happiness. Immediately, I was sceptical as I don’t believe that happiness is achievable and that a major source of personal misery is the pursuit of happiness! I figure that humans are born into tragedy. Because we have achieved ‘consciousness’ more than any other creature on the planet (though looking at some of my ‘conscious’ brothers and sisters, I wonder) at some point we (unhappily) become conscious of our mortality. Actually, my personal revelation that happiness is unachievable has made me quite happy! Is the moral of the tale something like ‘the truth will set you free’. Who said that? Jesus, so they say:
John 8:31-32 : “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
I’ll be back with more on ‘Walking into …’ tomorrow.
- Suggestion: make a list of all the things you DO that make you happy. I guarantee it will make you feel happy!