I took this photo on a lovely April afternoon in a beautiful spot on the nature reserve close to where I live where the trees were blossoming and the sounds of the birds twittering could be heard in the warm afternoon sunshine! This was juxtaposed by the sound of a nearby train thundering past on its way into London, over an ancient bridge built by Brunel, the Victorian master of engineering. Nature and the modern world collided in that instant.
That walk reminded me that nature is all around us in our frantic world and that actually we don’t need to go very far to find its beauty. How lucky was I to be on that footpath rather than on that speeding train!
Perhaps you too live close to a place a beauty that you don’t visit very often. Sometimes we fail to appreciate the precious gems right under our nose.
Next time you’re out on foot in the spring sunshine, or even on a grey, rainy day, take a few minutes to focus on your surroundings. It may be a special place for you or perhaps a routine walk to work or on an errand. As you walk, focus on what is happening around you. Observe without judgment and allow yourself to be in the moment, to observe, listen and feel. Listen to your breath and slow down the moment. Bring the present into your life and allow yourself to be…
Whatever we do and however busy we are, I’d like to think we can all find a few precious moments for ourselves, to calm the body and mind, and we will feel the benefit. If you think you’re too busy, I’d urge you to make some time in your busy life and allow yourself to slow down. In such moments, when you empty the mind, the clarity that follows can often to lead to moments of inspiration that our busy-ness in life can prevent.
For me, finding those moments – however infrequently – helps me to appreciate and put into perspective a great deal. I hope you are able to find and enjoy your moments some. I know I enjoy mine.
© Sarah Swan (May 2016)