The Beauty in Nature
I’ve come to a place in my life where I am looking for more. More of what, I don’t know. We all go through this phase; it’s a part of growing. What’s next for me? What can I do to feel more fulfilled in my life? Maybe meditation!
So, to see if there was something more to it, late last year I started to meditate. I found out, to my surprise, the benefits of meditation are many. It took a while to get the hang of it because at first I think I tried too hard when all I needed to do was sit, relax my body and clear the noise out of my head. Once I accomplished that I was able to actually enjoy the thoughts that penetrated my mind. Since starting to meditate I have become much more relaxed and I tend to easily see the beauty in things. I don’t think that I ever noticed these things before, or maybe I did, but forgot the joy they brought. Well, it’s time to re-explore. It’s time to open my eyes and see the beauty in nature.
I don’t particularly care for the cold weather, but lately, even though it’s winter I’ve acquired a fascination with all of nature. When we talk about beauty and nature in the same sentence it’s usually concerning sunshine and flowers, but there’s much more to it. I have learned to look at a snow covered city street and seek the artistry there. If you told me, even a couple of months ago, I would see anything worth noting in a city street, I don’t think I would have believed it. I wouldn’t have thought there was attractiveness let alone beauty in snow. But there is and I’m happy to say that I can see it now. A couple of nights ago we had a light snow fall and when I woke the next morning the first thing I reached for was my camera to snap a few pictures. I am not good with a camera and the pictures aren’t great, but years from now when I look at those pictures I’ll remember seeing the brilliance of the still morning that I saw in that snow. Seeing the beauty in snow has made me ponder a few other things. It has awakened something in me that I haven’t felt in a long time. A real sense of peace and contentment settled upon me.
A long time ago, or at least it seems like a long time ago, I took a home study writing course and one of my assignments was to write a descriptive essay of a summer thunderstorm. When that memory came back to me, it was like awakening from a sleep and using my senses for the first time.
I can vividly remember describing that thunderstorm. Sitting quietly, I could feel the hot sticky wind beating against my face. I reminisced about the clean fresh scent that the earth disperses, and of the rainbows showing their band of colors in the stillness, that is felt after a thunderstorm.
We look for beauty in many places. There’s no need to keep searching, just look outside your door and you’ll be amazed at the allure that awaits you there if you just look for it.
Whether you try meditation, (which I do recommend) or not, look for more in your life. Keep growing and seek fulfillment in all that you do. Especially try to see all of the beauty that nature presents to us.
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“About the author: Kathy Zengolewicz, ( http://www.kathyzengolewicz.com ) is an author, a coach and a grief counselor working out of her home office in Philadelphia, PA. You can contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org