Finally, the most amazing experience! This is what I’d come on another walk for…
Ian led us in another mindful exercise – a solitary walk through the trees to the edge of the wood. Thinking. Feeling. Noticing.
Before, with the group, I was craving some alone time with nature. Although it’s good to be mindful in the presence of others (a shared experience is wonderful and you can learn from one another), at times I found myself embroiled in small talk, ignoring the beauty around me.
So I made the most of this opportunity…
I walked slowly away from the group, leaves and twigs crunching underfoot, trees rustling gently in the breeze.
The birdsong was a harmonious orchestra reaching a crescendo as I approached the edge. The wind grew stronger with every step.
I felt nourished, peaceful and exhilarated all at the same time. What was coming? What would the edge bring? (My hairs are standing on end as I write)
Nearer… lighter… louder and…
There it was.
The most spectacular sunset I’ve ever seen. What a vista! What awesomeness!
The orange glowing sun sent beams of pale gold across the valley to hit me full in the face. The warmth enveloped me as a comforting hug and welcomed me into full life. And the silvery sheen of light playing across the clouds sent a wave of joy and peace straight to my heart.
I was in Heaven.
Isn’t it wonderful how nature – God’s creation – can make you feel like this? All we have to do is get into it and experience it to be healed of our worldly troubles.
Thank you God.