Today my dog and I went for a walk on a trail we found recently along the French Broad River. As of this week Asheville is brimming with green everywhere. As soon as we turned from the street onto the path, I felt a transition. The sun was shining brightly over green grass all around me and my favorite yellow wildflowers. I took a deep breath in and appreciated the spring beauty. As soon as that beauty sunk in my energy changed immediately. The appreciation of beauty does that to you. It brings you fully into the present moment. Past and future don’t exist when you’re absorbed in beauty. As I walked it got more and more beautiful.
Beauty was oozing out everywhere.
I was walking around in complete awe and wonderment, stopping often to soak up the energy of each place I walked through.
This little place had me so smitten, I had to sit down and become part of it for a while.
The whole place was rejoicing in new life and the beautiful day: the trees, birds, squirrels, grass.
Joy was just brimming inside of me and my dog.
When we got up and walked away from that beautiful place, we were so full of joy that we started running and playing. Not much further down the path, I looked across the river and saw deer in a big grass meadow.
We stood there and stared at each other for a while. I watched them, and they watched me. There were four of them.
Wow. I felt like I was in a dream. I felt open, pure and clean, and part of the world around me. The energy kept building and building until I was in a state of pure bliss. Nothing really matters, I thought. This is what matters. I thought I had a nice taste of what enlightenment feels like. I reveled in the experience and sucked up every part of it.
The peaceful energy is still with me. I still feel a buzz from it. It was literally probably one of the best experiences of my whole life. Through my healing process, I’m opening up more to the world around me, and I experience so much more joy. My experiences turn into profound healing experiences.
This is a beautiful planet. Humanity is sick, but we’re healing. Nature is everything. We have to go back to it if we want to experience what it’s like to truly be alive and be human. As I watched those deer, I observed their purity. We can be like that.
Nature is always a big part of my life, but after what I experienced today I plan to make it part of my sadhana. I’m going to wake up at 6am tomorrow and hike a spot that I really enjoy. A morning hike sounds so refreshing.
I’m in awe of people who live in nature. I’m infatuated with the show “Live Free Or Die”, and a friend who I met while travelling lives outdoors. She has a blog if you’re interested. What I experienced today must be how she lives every day.