“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”
― John Burroughs, Leaf and Tendril
|Sunset at Snoqualmie Falls. Lainey Piland photo|
Learning to tune in to the intricacies of the world around us, "the rewards of the simple life," creates a grounded feeling that can temporarily pause the fast-forward tempo of our lives. Trust me on this one: stop for awhile and give just one thing your singular focus. Observe a spider weaving its web, watch the stars appear one by one from the gathering darkness of the night sky or listen to a bird singing its little heart out in the early morning. You'll feel as though you've spent an hour when in reality no more than ten minutes have passed; leaving you firmly rooted in the present moment and, in the words of John Burroughs: exhilarated... refreshed... thrilled.... elated!