Nature is such a beautiful source of inspiration… it offers an amazing feast for all of our senses.
Several weeks ago, during my morning walk, I had a chance to experience this powerful force in all its glory. I love breezy weather and it happened to be one of those days when warm spring breeze filled the air with amazing scents. First came a wonderful smell of pine trees, which suddenly morphed into the smell of freshly cut grass and turned into smoky smell of wood burning in the fireplace. All of it finally culminated into intoxicating scent of blooming cherry trees, hyacinths and daffodils. The fragrance enhanced by the variety of color from vivid green of new leaves - to bright yellow, pink, purple and gentle white of the first spring flowers. I could hear the birds cheerfully chirping up above and the wind blowing through the tree tops, followed by the hum of the grass mover and faraway traffic.
What a gorgeous morning! I experienced all of this in about 20 minutes but it stayed with me all day and will probably be revisited many more times in my memory. Such a treasure! Yet the entire experience was absolutely free, easily accessible and always available – all I had to do was to go outside and pay attention!
I invite you to experience nature’s inspiring beauty during your day. It can be just a quick 5, 10 or 15 minute (or more!) walk but it will powerfully transform your day.
While taking your walk, try repeating the following Beauty Way prayer as you allow beauty from each direction to come into awareness as you look before, behind, to the left, right, above, below and within you. It could be anything that suddenly strikes you with its beauty: a blooming tree, flower, rock, lake, sky, a building, an animal, your loved one or realization of your own beauty…
The Beauty Way Prayer (Navajo Indian prayer chant, interpreted by Martha Beck):
There is beauty before me, and there is beauty behind me.
There is beauty to my left, and there is beauty to my right.
There is beauty above me, and there is beauty below me.
There is beauty around me, and there is beauty within me.
In conclusion, I’d like to quote Albert Einstein:
A human being is a part of a whole, called by us “universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. The delusion is a kind of prison to us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature with its beauty.