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.

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