It is hard for me to put into words what it means to me to walk amongst trees. When I am walking towards the forest, the anticipation already puts a spring in my step. Then, when I am in the forest, amongst the trees, something so joyful happens: I feel I am entering a world I know, there is this exchange that happens, a wordless communication, it is as if I am receiving and giving a huge hug. It is a truly wordless, deep joy and happiness. I feel so grateful and honoured that I can be and walk amongst these gracious, living entities.
Let the magic begin…when you walk in the forest with a sense of wonder, you see every day something new, something unexpected. This picture shows today’s magic.
When I am walking, I sometimes forget that my surroundings can be very silent. I hear my own footsteps, the sound of me breathing in and breathing out and the pitter patter of the dog. It is when I stop, wait and listen that I become aware of the silence surrounding me. I hear the sound of silence. It is amazing that this vast area in which I am walking can be so silent. The vast silence surrounding me mirrors the vast silence that is me. It makes me feel so connected, so at home, so at peace.
Today’s beautiful, coppery carpet of autumnal leaves. Walking through these nurturing colours warms your heart.
Today I ventured into another part of the forest. Everything felt so peaceful today. There is no other word that I can think of today to describe it. There was this overwhelming sense of peace. Entering and being in this forest of peace triggered an intense sense of peace in myself too. There is no other word I can use today. Just PEACE.
This is Zara, my dog. Today I want to honour this beautiful, kind, loyal companion. Every day she is jumping up and down, she is over the moon when we go walking. We walk together, we enjoy our walks together, on the lead, off the lead, it does not matter. There is this bond, so WE go for long walks rather than I and the dog. She is a real gift, she is so much part of our little family and I feel so grateful that she is in my life.
Another grey and rainy day. This used to depress me, this continuous greyness, day after day. My daily walks with the dog have changed this. I go out, walk and enjoy the beauty of any weather. Greyness takes many forms and when you are out there, you experience its many hues. Today it all felt so soft. There was almost no wind and the little breeze felt gentle, a bit damp and so soft. Looking around me I saw how the low grey clouds hid, covered trees and houses for them to reappear a bit later again, for these clouds are always moving. Sometimes we also hide and cover ourselves in a bit of a cloud, withdraw, to reappear again, to show ourselves again in our full glory.
Apart from my daily early morning yoga practise, I take the dog for a long walk most days. I love walking and not only me. Here in the region people walk, in walking groups, with a purpose and -most importantly- just for pleasure. People make their daily walks. So I meet people who are walking to collect nettles for their pigs, are on a walk and take some snacks for the donkey in one of the fields. People walk and collect mushrooms, walnuts and chestnuts… This habit here in very rural France is not a sign of going back in time, it is the expression of a very satisfying action: walking. Walking calms and relaxes the mind, strengthens the body, invigorates the spirit. When walking surrounded by nature, one becomes part of this living universe, one starts to resonate with this environment of trees, plants, insects, birds, etc…As a walker your presence gives something to them, their presence gives something to you. A true exchange happens. It is beautiful, transformative, something to be grateful for and most of all something to enjoy!!
It is a beautiful, murky morning. Sharing some pictures and thoughts feels important to me at this moment. The act of sharing gives me most pleasure. I remember so clearly the feeling when my paintings were exhibited. Painting is such a solitary activity and then allowing other people to see them is a bit overwhelming and at the same time so joyous because you share. Although this is a very anonymous medium, I do also get the same pleasure: fleeting thoughts, a moment of beauty, colours, emotions..they are offered to you and that is a nice thing to do.