In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Inspiration.”
“I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature’s loveliness. My own special self is nothing. I want to be like a flake of glass which nature passes.”
~ John Muir ~
There are many things in nature that inspire me as you will see from this week’s photo entries. These are just a few of nature’s creations that seemed to slow down time as I took in the essence of their beauty. Each is available to all if only we slow down and take notice.
To be honest, I didn’t always notice my surroundings on work days in my mad dash to get the kids out the door and to work on time. On weekends, we were outside hiking, playing, picnicking, or walking. On those days we enjoyed the smell of flowers in spring, walked barefoot in summer, played in the leaves in autumn, and rolled in the snow in winter. We were tree huggers, literally, and I would always stop to touch a rock or pick up a stone.
It always amazed me that others didn’t notice the beauty around them. Even in the city you can see a sunrise or sunset, birds, flowers, weeds growing up through the crack of the sidewalk. When working in New York City, I stopped to smell the flowers at the local flower stand, and watched the sunset as I strolled around the city in the evening. People walk so fast in the city I wondered if they ever slowed down even to eat or did they eat and run every night. Slow down – I would think. Enjoy life!
While living in California I was amazed at the flowers growing on the walls along the roadway. When sharing my observation with a coworker she asked, “What flowers?” She had lived in southern California her whole life and didn’t notice the colorful flowers. While living there I would walk the beach, most morning and evenings there were only a handful of people. I always wondered how people could live so close to a beach and not visit daily to watch the sunset. Where they inside sitting in front of the television watching movie stars enjoying the beach. It didn’t make sense to me and still doesn’t. The ocean beach is over three hours away now but there are still lakes, rivers and ponds nearby to visit.
Is there an area in your neighborhood that you haven’t visited that might stop time for you? Do you get out to see the sunset in the evening sky? Or the sunrise in the morning?
If you suffer from anxiety, take time to think about your life. What do you want life to look like? If it’s spinning out of control, slow down. Maybe you can sit in nature for 15 minutes, watch the sunset, get out to see spring flowers poking through the ground, or the sun shining through the trees. Your anxiety will not be able to keep hold of you if you take control of your life by learning to slow down and enjoy the nature around you. It doesn’t cost a sent to walk barefoot in the grass, in the sand on the beach, in the dirt of a garden. Touch a tree and allow the energy of the earth to heal you. Walk barefoot and allow the energy of the earth to flow through you. Time will slow down and you will feel refreshed and energized.
I hope you have enjoyed natures creations and will allow yourself to view nature close up and personal.
Love and Light!