Sharing a Piece of Nature
I started writing this blog post on the edge of a stream, in front of a campfire high up in the Rocky Mountains. With the steady rhythm of the water beside me I’d found myself in flow, wanting to write.
But after getting going, I wrote a few lines and set the notebook aside, in realization that by writing there I was defeating the purpose of this post.
So here I write to you a couple days later, with only the memory of this sacred space. Yet the messages of this weekend in nature stays with me, and I am happy to be sharing it with you today 🙂
What Are We Going to DO?
My husband and I spent this weekend at a cabin at the base of Mt. Elbert, the tallest peak in the Rocky Mountains, and second tallest in the United States.
We sprung for this beautiful weekend away, in celebration of our fourth wedding anniversary. This was our first trip away with our two boxer pups.
In anticipation of the trip, my husband began to stress out. Every couple of days he asked, “But what are we going to DO up there?”
I couldn’t help but laugh, “We are going to BE in the mountains.”
This statement was hard for him to take in. Understandably, our everyday lives are filled with electronic devices and stimulation.
I have a small, gas efficient car, so space for extras things to “do” was limited. So my husband settled with a new game for his portable Nintendo DS.
I admit, I packed my iPad and of course, my Kindle 🙂
Just BE-ing in Nature
When we finally arrived at the cabin, our beautiful, majestic surroundings held an energy that pulled us right in.
We both smiled big when we spotted the fire pit next to the stream in the back of our cabin. There was an old waterwheel on display, that at one time provided energy for the cabins.
We spent the night next to the fire. We didn’t really DO anything… we were just in presence with other.
As the weekend went on, we gave little thought to our electronic devices. These distractions would have taken us away from the beauty around us.
Such a beautiful experience to just “BE”. No expectations about the future, only thought on the present – the sights, the sounds, the feel of nature.
Such a powerful healing force 🙂
On the Positive Side?
My husband’s worries about what we were going to do melted away once we settled next to the stream and he was quick to say that we don’t do this enough.
I find that in nature’s presence I more easily connect with the present moment and the incredible interconnectivity of all living things, including myself and the love shared between our little family 🙂
Nature is my master teacher in the art of simply “be-ing” in harmony, in presence, in the steady flow of a stream that only leads to bigger things.
I think this lesson from nature should be shared in these everyday interactions, where focus shifts from distractions back to the present moment and simply “being”. No worries about what is to come, or what to “DO”, but simply “BE”.
What about you…. do you find a healing power in nature? What is your favorite spot to go to experience natural beauty? I’d love to hear from you….