“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” -Albert Einstein
I find it interesting that Albert qualified this sentiment by saying, “he who can no longer.” In using this qualifier he recognizes that every single last one of us did indeed stand “rapt in awe” at one point or another in our lives. Perhaps we can’t remember because it happened so long ago, but we have all had this amazing experience of being enthralled by a sight or event. Some of us no longer have memories of these spellbinding moments, but many of us do recall times of complete captivation.
Most of these memories are of beauty, and more often than not, of beauty in nature. Some are very simple. When my grandson was not quite a year old I carried him out to the garden. He was straddled on my hip and we were looking at the full blooms of a magnificent mature rhododendron. A plump, fuzzy black and gold bee swept up to the flowers. The bee was buzzing in and out of the blooms gathering pollen. My grandson was rapt in awe, enchanted by this industrious bee. And then, suddenly, I saw what he was seeing. This was not just a gift to my grandson, but to me as well, for I also saw that bee as if for the very first time and it was absolutely astounding, amazing, and thrilling. I was transfixed, completely captivated. All I experienced in that moment was the bee. I was completely there. It was a moment out of time. My grandson, the bee, and I were in the present moment. I am so thankful for that experience because since then it has returned. There have been many times when I have been transported by beauty, simply by being in the present moment.
Bring back your awe! Let Mother Earth carry you into her garden to show you the mysteries of nature. See things for the very first time and you will be amazed at what you have been missing. Sit beside a stream in the woods and watch the water cascade over a rock. Let nothing intrude. See it. Be amazed by it. Be there.
Watch the sky, a forever changing canvas of cloud formations, sunrises, moonrises, star shows, and rain showers. Let a snowflake settle on your tongue. Be present.
As you begin to look at nature anew, you will begin to be energized by the beauty of it. Express your gratitude for this gift of never ending splendor.
Get out into nature more often. Whenever you spend time in nature it’s like taking a vacation. Touch the trees, thank them for all they do for this planet and for you. They breathe for the earth. They clean our air. They give us paper and houses and furniture. They are beautiful. Notice the perfect cycles of the seasons, the simple elegant synergy of nature as it is.
Shinrin-Yoku is a Japanese practice. It translates as forest bathing. Studies have shown that a 50 minute walk in the woods can improve cognitive function. In another Japanese study, subjects who walked for two to four hours a day during a two night, three day forest visit increased their natural-killer cell activity by 50%. This means the activity of the powerful lymphocyte cells in their body which naturally fight infections, illness, and cancer was increased by half. That’s pretty amazing. People who took two to four hour walks in the city had no increase in their killer cell activity. If you need more reasons to spend time in nature, check out the post-Nature is Our Nature.
“Look deep, deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” -Albert Einstein
Make it a habit to be present in the natural world. Take walks in the woods. Be mindful that you don’t walk only on pavement. We need to walk on the earth. Go barefoot outside whenever you can. Walk barefoot in the grass, in the cool water, or on a path of leaves. Doesn’t that sound delicious!
Be present when you are outdoors to all of the gifts the earth offers us, from the sandy beaches that help us see the limitless horizons available to us, to the magnificent mountains which reveal to us the heights we can obtain, to the flowers which remind us of our own beauty and our ability to bloom in the toughest of circumstances.
You may have been born in a crack in the sidewalk, but you can grow into a mighty oak.
“Stand rapt in awe” of nature and then “stand rapt in awe” of yourself! You are part of the mysterious. You are the spirit of the universe. You are awe worthy!
Naturally fabulous affirmations:
I express my divinely inspired creativity.
I am able to see the beauty and wonder of this miraculous earth.
My positive thoughts are powerhouses. I am so very grateful for my truly wonderful, unique life.
I need only be myself. I am perfect as I am.
Time to visualize your perfect life. Enjoy!