Our Blog: Thoughts from the Path

Nature Offers Presence

My friend and I agreed to meet at a local park for a walk because it was a beautiful day and we both wanted to get out for a bit of a stretch.

Since I had a little time before a business meeting, I thought I’d just get there, take the walk and go to the next stop on my calendar.  As we began walking, I was aware that I was feeling in a hurry, distracted because I was on a time frame due to my next meeting.

I’m not sure exactly when or how it happened, but at some point I noticed that I wasn’t thinking about my next appointment. Actually, I’d forgotten about it as I became immersed in the beauty and serenity of the day. Leaves sparkled. Birds swooped and called. Lizards scrambled for cover. Trees creaked and leaned (was it towards me)?

The wind was soft and warm. The sun was hot but not too hot. Shady places were enticing as trees offered a cool respite. My friend and I didn’t talk much but somehow by unspoken agreement or acknowledgement that it was all too perfect to talk, would stop in synchronicity to snap photos or look around as the magic of the day became our enchantress. The wonderful ease of nature and how she draws you in, washing away any tensions and transforming you into the person you know you want to be. Solid, grounded, full of life, happy, excited.

The discovery that I could leave behind the tension of time and become immersed inside nature reinforced what I already know. Walking outside is stress relieving and healing.

Gifts of Small moments when out walking

Rounding the corner on foot, I come to an abrupt stop behind the pick-up truck parked right there in the middle of the corner. As my mind works on why the truck is stopped just there kind of in the middle of things, it then begins to roll. A movement at the corner of my eye pulls my head towards whatever is distracting me and I then understand the reason the truck had stopped. Something is there in the bushes. A large animal. A wolf? A bobcat? Perhaps a coyote? It’s moving towards the road watching me, eyes darting between me and the receding truck. Our eyes meet and in that instant, it’s gone. A split second of time but the image manages to stay with me for most of my walk

Shimmering, glimmering threads of spi…der webs strung like lights between leaves, branches, shoots of tall grasses. Festive and holiday like. How do these Arachnids manage such feats of art?

Lizards scampering all around the wood bridge – watchful and waiting to see what happens next.

I stop on the path to watch a black bug wandering – first it’s one way, then turning back, walking under the tip of my shoe and then out the other side continues on its way. My shoe must be a bridge.

Sun streaming through branches and grasses – diffused by leaves and earth bound life.

A canopy of trees makes for a nice quiet safe spot for a nap.


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