SITTING STILL OR WALKING IN NATURE
Sometimes, it’s necessary to sit still and close my eyes to slow down, to appreciate the opportunity that nature is providing for me to release the concerns of the day for even a few moments. Sometimes, we have to close our eyes to catch our breath and be open to seeing the better side of a tiresome, troublesome time. When we sit in nature, it is possible to observe the millions of miracles before us in the tiniest of tender shoots, the smallest of creatures and the meticulous design, timing and beauty. Nature provides. Nature nourishes.
When I sit and wait with my eyes closed or take a walk, I try to be quiet. I try to stop talking out loud or to myself and just listen. I try to be still and open with my eyes, ears and heart. Ultimately, it is in the “quiet” and stillness of nature that healing begins. It is nature that gives me hope. It is nature that quiets and calms my soul.
Now, today, as I write these words, there in the yellow and greens, pinks and purples of early spring where I live, hope springs forth. Winter is passing, and each new day brings another reason to be hopeful. Each new day offers another reason to not give up or give in. It must. And, it will.