Getting in touch with the beauty of nature makes life much more beautiful, much more real, and the more mindful and concentrated you are, the more deeply the sunset will reveal itself to you.
~ Hanh, Thich Nhat; Kohn, Sherab Chodzin (2010-12-21). You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment (Kindle Locations 187-188). Shambhala Publications. Kindle Edition.
Lately, I haven’t spent much time outside, but the other evening while sitting out back this little house finch stopped by and paused for a few minutes, staring into the sunset to the west. Sharing this experience with him instantly eliminated the day’s worries and challenges and connected me with a world with which our human-created environments drive separation. And yet, for all of the benefits that these manufactured environments provide (temperature control and protection to name a couple), we are a part of the natural world. As Thich Nhat Hanh states above, connection with the natural world can enhance life.
For this week I will try to spend more time outside, connecting with the natural world.
Have a great week!