When was the last time you visited with nature, all by yourself. To walk, sit, watch, hear and most of all empty your mind of the clutter. I know, it’s harder than cleaning the basement. But it’s a powerful and rewarding experience. This time of year especially. Sounds seem to travel farther. Colors are more brilliant. Air seems fresh and clean.
The birds are transients this time of year, gathering, singing and nervously flittering as if something was beckoning them. Leaves rustle from the footsteps of chipmunks or squirrels or maybe some larger creatures. Ponds are full of ducks and geese catching their breath before they once again begin the arduous journey south.
So why wouldn’t you spend some time pondering. Calm yourself. Take a moment to consider….. nothing. And if you do it once, why wouldn’t you do it again and again? Think about making a change in your schedule. Think about calendaring an hour to have a meeting with nature. Combine it with a walk or a jog. Breathe the air deeply. Look past the trees in front of you. Find water. Puddles, ponds, lakes or oceans. Look for small creatures moving in the water. Consider how nature works. How water flows. How the wind blows. How the trees sway. How the clouds move. How the rain falls. How the leaves fall. Just spend some time contemplating the things you don’t spend time contemplating every other day. It does change your perspective.