Sometimes answers we are looking for are right in front of us, but in a busy daily life, absorbed in routines and habits; it is easy to become blind.
When is the last time you have really listened to yourself?
When was the last time you allowed yourself to do nothing but observe?
To cultivate a deep awareness of your surroundings?
To surrender yourself to the present moment?
If you now tell yourself that you do not have time to sit still and cultivate awareness, you are among those who need to do so the most!
Taking time to meditate, will give you that time.
A useful meditation exercise is to find a quiet place in nature.
Look around you.
What do you see?
What are you drawn to?
When you have found that thing that attracts you, ask it, “What is your secret?”
Then listen with your heart.
What are the sounds, what are the shapes, what are the feelings that reach you?
Observing nature can grant you more than just a pretty view for the eye. Nature is full of wisdom.
Take for example the ocean.
Let’s ask the sea together, “Dear ocean what is your secret?”
The answer of the ocean:
“I have so much to give from. There is enough of me to be of service to all: plants, animals, and human beings. I invite everybody in, and surround them with my presence. I am a source of life, a source of food, a source of joy. I cool you down when you are warm, I let you ride me, and I let you explore my endlessness. You can float on top of me and use me for transportation, or you can dive into me and feel me more closely. You can stare at me as long as you like. I share my beauty with you, and keep nothing for myself.
I am the glue that holds the world together. I touch all continents, and without judgement, I offer everybody what I have to give. I reach up and fade into the infinity of the sky.
My waves will sing you a lullaby to keep you calm, but sometimes they play heavy metal. Opposites must be balanced.
Though I can be caring, and carry you far, I forge respect.
I show my essence in various disguises. I take on many forms. I can be still as a mirror. I can be powerful. My strong waves can carve out the sand of beaches with my force. I can turn into playful rings. I can sway softly, or wave brutally. I can even go through the body of a whale, be blown into the sky with force, fall back home and return to the shape I had. I can be dark, blue, turquoise, green, brown, white, and red. Sometimes I mirror the colors that surround me. Sometimes I put on my silver dress and dance in the moonlight. Yet, it is always me. I am the same, no matter how I look and what I act like.
You can likewise take on different shapes, and still be you. Your outer can change, whilst your inner essence stays intact. As I can, you can embrace and be valued for all the forms you take on. Each form of you has a specific quality, you just need to figure out which.
And like me, you can make yourself available to the world. You can without judgement give what you have to offer. Make yourself useful, appreciated and limitless.”
Thus, dedicating a bit of time in nature with nature can be very rewarding.
If you're lucky, you become aesthetically recharged, learn about yourself, and find guidance to live rather than just moving along through life. Natures greatest gift is awareness.
Maria is a RYT200 and Reiki II practitioner from Yandara Yoga Institute. She has practiced since she was a teenager, but as she moved to a bigger town in 2011 she discovered that yoga is much more than asana practice. In 2014 she began to practice daily, which transformed her life. To Maria yoga is philosophy, mantras, meditation, and ethics. Yoga is a life style. It is a choice to be a happy and loving person. Last but not least, yoga is an art form. It is a way to find elegance and to connect with the inner self.
Besides from being a yogini, Maria is a master student of social anthropology, a travel enthusiast, and an amateur cook and blogger. Connect with Maria on Facebook!
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