Today’s lesson is simple. Step outside and learn from the ultimate teacher. Nature is our guiding light when it comes to cycles and rhythms. She functions under a perfect ebb and flow of counterbalancing principles.
Heat and cold balance with light and dark.
Growth and decay are fully realised in cycles of the year, as are birth and death.
Nature has all the wisdom you need, packed into plain sight.
We’ve just simply forgotten to look.
Today’s practice is to step outside and spend some quiet time in nature. Even if a public park or back lawn of an office park is all you can access. I am positive that there is going to be some semblance of the natural world available to you today if you open your eyes and look for it.
Sit in a comfortable spot and start to breathe deeply to your lower abdomen. Relax into your breathing and sink into the sounds all around you.
Feel the wind on your face and maybe take off your shoes and wiggle your toes into the dirt. If you have the luxury to fully immerse, get into some clay or bury your body at the beach. Break down the wall and allow for nature’s majesty to touch you and your senses.
Trees 🌳 can get to hundreds of years in age, but the pebbles below your feet are a millions of years old.
Where did they come from?
Were they part of some large rocks aeons ago?
How did they get there?
Now observe the dirt under your feet. Long time ago, certain fungal elements evolved to break down under rock and create dirt.
With the coming of bacteria, Protozoa, nematodes and multiple other life forms, the dirt started to become soil.
This allowed for other certain life forms to take inorganic materials and make them available to the plant kingdom, which then took off and spread across the planet.
Those plants adapted to drink light and create energy from the sun, trapping energy in carbohydrate bonds.
This became the fuel for certain animal to eat, and fast forward several million years, here you are.
The microscopic life under your feet created a long cascade of processes that eventually allowed you to be there as a consumer of sunlight via plants. If you eat animals, you’re capturing the sunlight they ingested via the plants they consumed.
Life: it’s all around you. You’re breathing it in right now as you’re reading this. Millions of bacteria and viruses just entered your lungs and all over your skin. They help you interact with the natural world all around you. They help to depend against invaders. They are part of the ecosystem of your body, which is part of the ecosystem of the planet. This is all going on while you go through your day, millions upon millions of life forms living their lives, oblivious to your bills and petty dramas.
Sit outside in the symphony of nature and notice the oddity scale. On the one hand, you’re this universe of life with bugs in you and on your skin, all interacting as an ecosystem. On the other hand, you’re a tiny speck on a single planet at the edge of a regular galaxy that is light years away from the next.
Up and down it’s all amazing., and you sit in the middle of all of it. You are the focal point where infinity collides into a single point of time and space.
How can you make sense of it all? The only way is to open your heart and fall into the wonder that it induces. This way, we don’t take ourselves so seriously. It helps us think about the big questions and puts into perspective where we stand in the grand scheme of things.
You only get a moment of time here as the person you think you are.
What are you going to do with it?