This was a big one for me because I am absolutely an animal lover to my core… yes, I am one of those that cry when that damn ASPCA commercial comes on with all the all the sad and abused puppies 🙁
I don’t know why it’s every time! So, now I just flip the channel quick whenever it comes on lol.
So, getting back into nature… I have noticed that I am more into nature more now than ever! I have much more respect for Mother Earth and her environment. This dawned on me one day while standing on my back porch watching this Orb spider build her web.
Apparently, they rebuild their webs every day starting at dawn. So here I am, standing there, coffee in hand, watching this spider in amazement. She was so tiny but working so damn hard to get that web finished by day break so she could catch something to eat.
By the time she was done, it was one of the biggest webs I have ever seen!
The thing is, I’m terrified of spiders! Or, at least I thought I was… guess it really was all in my mind right? And when I mean terrified, I mean having a spider come down on me while I’m driving.
I ended up flying across 3 lanes of traffic to pull over on the side of the highway, jumped out of my car and FREAKED out! lol… It was a great day let me tell ya 🙂
This was years ago… I’m telling you this because as I sat watching this spider I realized, I’m no longer afraid of them.
Now, I’m not saying I’m not leary of them still. But the fear is no longer there. I have a love for them just as I do for all Mother natures animals.
I believe this is all due to my practice of mindful meditation and the awareness of my surroundings.
This has actually made my life magical. And once you get your mindfulness meditation practice down, your life will be magical as well.
Now you don’t have to go trotting through the forest to enjoy nature. I live down here in FL. When I take a walk I’ll find myself enamored by the local ponds and their foliage. Stopping to look at how green the lily pads are, the fish hopping out of the pond.
I’ll notice the birds, and listen to them chattering to each other. We have a lot of cranes and ducks down here that hang around the ponds. They walk around looking for fish or food.
I’ll start noticing their colors and how beautiful they are. I’ll watch them eat, and think of how they are getting nourishment from the earth.
I can go on and on but, I think you get the idea 🙂
The next time you outside try it. Look at the trees and just absorb the colors of the trees… really concentrate on being in this moment only in life.
Think of nothing else! Bet you they’ll be the brightest damn leaves you’ve ever seen 🙂
Do this every time you go outside. Take stock in your surroundings, don’t just put your headset on and walk aimlessly through this beauty.
You will miss the abundance around you.
Oh, and make sure to take your shoes off every once and a while and walk barefoot in the grass… Close your eyes and take the time to feel the sensation of the grass and Mother earth’s energy beneath your feet.
Imagine it’s traveling up your legs spidering out as it goes upwards.
It spreads into your arms, filling your chest, then swimming around your mind. Feel it’s warmth as the energy vibrates through your body.
Be AWARE of this. Be open.
Once you have practiced your mindfulness meditation techniques for a while, being open and more aware of your surroundings will come easier than you think!