Standing on the bare ground,–my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space,–all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or parcel of God. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nature holds a myriad of paths towards the divine. And, out there, our living reality intermingles with tantalizing thousands of transcendent realms. Return to the ancestral halls of nature. Release the ego. Revitalize your earthly spirits with a metaphysical awareness.
By becoming, as Emerson says, a transparent eyeball, our sight absorbs rather than reflects the unbounded beauty which awaits us in the natural world. Let the wonders stir your soul. Silence the inner chatter clattering round your gray matter. Breathe out the unreality. Breathe in the actuality. Walk in tranquility.
Our actions, words are a projection of our inner world. We reveal our inner “workings” through interactions with the physical world. In order to increase self-awareness, as you begin to wander through nature consider behaviors you want to change. Each time, ask yourself a basic question about your past actions. Such as: Do you take more than you give? Consider the question for a time before releasing it like a bird into the fresh air. Stop and feel the answer fluttering nearby. Breathe in. Breath out. Stop the inner monologue. Be there in the moment.
Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space? – D.T. Suzuki
We are so much more than the sum of our experiences. Everyone’s life would read like an encyclopedic novel. But each day should be lived as – Poetry. In the Arts, the will-o-the-wisp of inspiration is mused about endlessly. Inspiration is everywhere. One need only to go with the natural flow of things to be inspired. Forcing drives away inspiration. Stop pretending. Start living.
A truly good person does nothing,
Yet nothing is left undone.
A foolish person is always doing,
Yet much remains to be done.
Lao Tzu (LaoZi)
Reduce stress and increase inspiration at home or work. Bring the natural into your working/living space. The straight-edged artificial environment negates nature’s raw tenderness. Arrange a few plants, stones, wood around your living environment. If you cannot place natural objects at work, carry a bit of nature with you in a pocket or purse. Concentrate on the colors textures. Focus on your breath. Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power. Remember – Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams. Peace.