In the UK we have a bank holiday weekend, giving some of us an additional day of leisure. For me – and perhaps also for you – it has included time to enjoy the great outdoors.
I experienced the beauty of barley fields blowing in the wind, soft rain falling on me, woods full of towering trees – and a badger in the full light of day happy to be observed.
Albert Einstein is attributed as saying, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
I wonder if the wisdom from nature is not so much knowledge as perspective. Observing nature reminds me of the happenings of all of life, not just my life. Observing nature reminds me of the intricacy of creation, and that I too am intricately made. Observing nature reminds me of the beauty all around, and that there is food for the soul within it.
Join me and take a moment. Take a moment to celebrate life in all its fullness, intricacy and beauty. It is not that there are no hardships, confusions or ugliness. It is just that we have a different perspective when – like Einstein – we look deep into nature.
This is Mindful Monday on 27 May 2019.
Look out for an opportunity to join Sara Shailer and Julie Hill for three evenings of mindfulness on three Monday in June and July. Over three evenings, we will explore how to live in the present moment, how to learn from the past while living in the present, and how to help create the future while living in the present.