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.