By Lisa Meade
When was the last time you experienced it?
You know, that amazing release, the bliss, the perfect harmony that is felt when you step outside and become one with nature surrounding you. Your body responds in so many ways to the connection. Your soul accepts the invitation with delightful abandon. All your senses begin to seek the natural beauty and essence that calls to them.
The world beckons me in these moments to become engaged and attentive. It is as though my soul has ears. It hears things that I know are there every day, but I don’t always notice. It listens with intention and I find myself intoxicated by the symphony that surrounds me.
Step outside and listen.
What might you hear? Perhaps it is the breeze fluttering through the autumn leaves, hanging on in determination before the snow and frozen days of winter returns. Maybe the hawk’s cry as she circles overhead with her keen eyes focused on your pause and the tiny creatures scurrying away from her shadow. Do you hear the gravel crunching beneath your feet as you move your body step by step on your day’s journey?
Do you hear your own sweet breath that draws in your life force energies and releases the tensions of the day?
We are creatures of habit, that has been noted by science, philosophers and even ourselves. But we are also tremendously creative and inquisitive. Bring these qualities into your day today, step outside, raise your face to the sky, open your soul’s ears, be present and relish in the orchestra of wonder that is waiting for your appreciation.
Listen closely and you will hear your heart’s beat engage in the rhythm, you will hear your soul begin to hum, and you may find your mind remembering a ancient song as it re-awakens within you.
Nature generously provides. It steps up to meet many of our needs. The choice is ours on whether we accept or not; to break old habits begins with one moment of intention. To create new patterns requires us to repeat new steps to our day’s dance.
With time we find we learn the new choreography, step by step, and we are soon able to waltz through our day with the glorious melodies of the world carrying us on!
Editor: Dana Gornalll