Meditation – Awareness

 

There is a space between the thoughts, a pure moment of awareness, silent, still, peaceful. A quiet calm of nothing, just awareness.

 

In that infinitesimal gap between the out breath and the in breath, there is just awareness, pure and simple.

 

When we drop the I, what is left? Walk, talk, work, eat ,sleep, etc. Just awareness.

 

When we see through our mental patterns, those little stories we tell ourselves, the judgement, I am not good enough, the should haves, the should haven’ts. When we smile because we recognise it for what it is, just a thought. Just awareness.

 

When we finally realise that we are not always in the driving seat and don’t need to be. Knowing that there are some things we simply cannot control and simply return to our breath, the anchor. Just awareness

 

When we open our eyes and look at a flower as if seeing it for the very first time, the colours, the scent, the shape. Just awareness.

 

 

 

Like the clouds parting to reveal a clear blue sky, we will get glimpses of these spaces of awareness from time to time.  When they come, be curious, ponder them, explore the space around the thoughts and between the breath.  Awareness, pure and simple.

 

 

 

 

 

Change

“A walk in nature, walks the soul back home”

Mary Davis

This morning, as me and George tromped across the fields on our morning walk, I could feel and see the subtle shift in the seasons.  The smell of damp earth, the misty sky as the sun broke through, the vivid colours in the trees, reds, yellows all just starting to change.

I remember a time I used to dread the end of summer, I would mourn for it, cling on to its memory, those long summer days and warm nights.

This time it feels so different.  As we stand in the middle of the recently ploughed field, my feet firmly planted into the earth, rooted right here in this moment, I look up and see the changes happening, I can smell and feel the clear crisp air, the mist flowing over the field, nature at work, a new beginning.

How strange, it is as if I have never seen this happen before, never before witnessed the subtle changes of seasons and how beautiful it is.  Maybe I was always too caught up in mourning the passing of summer, stuck in the past, worrying about the future and forgetting the present.

There is a sense of deep peace here, just here in this very moment, not clinging, not grasping, not reaching out.  Just letting these changes happen and witnessing it all unfold in awareness.

Just a little moment in time.

Beautiful nature, the greatest teacher of all.  Nothing is permanent, everything changes.

 

 

Nature – The teacher

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished”

Lao Tzu

This morning, as I stood barefoot on the little lawn in the Mind Shed garden and supped my coffee, I could hear the bees buzzing around the flowers. As I looked around, Mr Blue tit was stood on the fence fluttering his wings about and chirping. He is proud as punch, Mrs Blue tit has had some babies. My senses are alive, the cold wet dew on my feet, the scent of earth and wet grass, the sound of distant traffic, but closer, the birds singing, the bees buzzing and George our little dog snoring away (he likes to lie in the morning sun and often drops off!).

Over the last week, I have felt a bit out of sorts. The usual tell-tale signs, a fluttering muscle next to my eye, the sense of life speeding up, the anxious knot in my belly, fidgety and irritable. Little signs telling me I need to stop, to pause, to reconnect. Its taken about a week to notice these signs, they are subtle, easy to miss in the busyness of life.  Before I started my mindfulness journey, I would have missed them completely, so a week is progress.  Anyway, that brings me back to why I was stood barefoot on the lawn this morning…

Nature – The Teacher

Nature has been one of the most powerful teachers on this journey.  For the last seven years I have had the greatest pleasure of working very closely with nature. My day job as an interior landscaper means I spend most of my days around plants. Strangely though, when you are up close to it everyday, it is easy to miss the lesson that nature teaches us.

Being humble

As I stand on the grass, it doesn’t complain or wilt away, It bears my weight. As I shift my feet it springs back up.  We need this quality too in our lives. Humility and a quiet strength, to pick ourselves up when we need to.  It doesn’t mean we become a walk over, but our reaction to the things we have to face in life can change, we don’t always have to react.

Patience

In nature everything happens in its own time. The seasons change, the flowers open, all in their own time.  Sometimes, I am so desperate to move onto the next thing that I forget what is happening here and now.  No wonder, I sometimes feel like life everything is speeding up.  As I stood in the garden this morning and reconnected, I was reminded that this journey, this practice of mindfulness, takes time and effort. It doesn’t happen over night.  We are so used to instant results, this can throw us of guard.  Nature can teach us that things will happen all in good time and to have patience.

Simple beauty

We have a of self seeded plants in the garden.  The most prolific self seeder that is in flower at this time of year, is the humble Aquilegia. At first glance the flower isn’t anything special, but get up close and lift the flower you realize it is simply beautiful.  In the busy frantic world that we live in, we can sometimes miss the simple beauty of life.  Simply noticing the breath, being aware of our bodies, simply connecting with those that we love, no words required, just a simple smile, a hug.  Simple things that can bring us great happiness.

Nature can teach us that happiness, the beauty of life doesn’t always come and give us a big slap in the face and say “Hey I’m here”.  It can be subtle, you have to sometimes get up close to see it, but it is there, all around us.
Getting deeply in touch with nature can be a great antidote to a busy mind. For me it just helps me to reset, to become grounded again, to just be me again.

Nature – a great teacher in this journey of life. Try standing barefoot on the grass or just pause and take a look around, let nature help you to feel grounded again.

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Have a super day!