Some places are so spectacularly beautiful that we are effortlessly drawn into their magic.
Time seems to slow down and we feel a profound inner stillness.
A view can seem so surreal that it brings us a fresh perspective on life. The whole world somehow feels more alive, and more strange!
Our surroundings interact with us and remind us that we are part of this extraordinary vision. Contemplating a magnificent ocean view is a full sensory immersion. The endless gentle roar of the waves, the feel of the salty sea air on the skin, and the unmistakeable smell, are so powerfully soothing.
Interacting with nature in a more dynamic way can also bring about feelings of deep peace. The full body co-ordination involved with outdoor activities such as rock climbing, paddle boarding, skiing and surfing (along with countless others!), can really force us into a state of calm concentration and aliveness.
The adrenaline of a bungee jump or a sky dive, combined with the rushing air and amazing views can only be compared to the feeling of being the hero of a real-life computer game! These were among the most intense natural highs I have ever experienced.
Meditation was rarely my intention with these out-of-this-world experiences; but they did open a doorway for me to experience the immense beauty of the present moment. Seen with fresh eyes, beauty appeared in details I had previously missed. The world became so vivid to me, and I had much more appreciation for the subtle charm of ordinary things.
I realized that peace was accessible to me anywhere, any time.
If we make it our intention to deepen our sense of peace and connection to the world around us, a walk in a local park can be as magical as visiting a more dramatically beautiful place. It may not have such a powerful impact, but if we allow its gentle beauty to permeate our being, the effect can be just as profound.
If you open your heart to the beauty of the present moment, you will be rewarded.
Whether you’re taking a peaceful stroll in nature, sitting quietly in your garden, or swimming in the ocean, consciously connecting with the magic of your surroundings will deepen the feeling of peace you experience. The benefits will continue throughout your day, and beyond.
So my challenge for you today is to become one with the subtle magic of the present moment. Give yourself a minimum of 5 minutes to deepen your bond with a natural environment or a particular aspect of nature. It could be as simple as contemplating a beautiful flower or leaf, or gazing up at the vast open sky. Or if you have more time, climb a hill or follow the path of a river. There are endless possibilities.
Just remember that your intention is the most important thing. When you combine a strong intention to nurture your bond with nature and feel peace in your heart, with a simple action that is in alignment with the intention, you will find that you create a new magic all of your own.
How do you connect with nature? What magical moments have inspired you? Leave me a comment below and share your wisdom 🙂