When summer becomes warm and wet, lush and green and abuzz with insects on the wing, it's hard for me to leave this beautiful reality. Why would I want to trade any of my time in this soothing natural setting for any part of the unnatural world? I find a harmony that best suits the rhythm for my life right here.
In the winter, the harsh elements of cold and darkness close in around me. I become restless and long to go somewhere else. In the summer season, I feel the instinctive need to stay here and let all the elements of warm summer days comfort and teach me. Teach me how to better cope with the harsh realities of winter.
We live our lives at a pace that is conceived by us and driven by our concept of need. We have forgotten that Mother Earth has already set a pace for our lives in keeping with her best interest. Our unnatural needs have driven us to set a much, much faster pace, which causes friction to the natural balance and tempo. We were intended to be a benefit to the Earth, not a problem.
These inspiring summer days draw me closer to the Earth than any other time of the year. Being a part of what nature intended has given me logical answers and a way to the real truths that are always provided. It's time for us to examine the uneasiness that hides in all our spirits. It's time to confront the denials that cause uneasiness, friction and pain. It's time to realize that Mother Earth would ask us to slow down. The simple act of using our senses can help us pay better attention to what's going on around us. It can be as simple as watching fluffy clouds form in a bright blue sky. A bird's song can be well worth a moment's pause, as is the scent of a beautiful flower.
Slow down and pause, feel the breeze through your hair and the rain on your face. Taste the unique sweetness of a summer berry ripened by the sun, then ask yourself, what more can I really need? Nature provides me with all I should ever need.
Today the pace I set was slow, or was it? It seemed like I was just relaxing in a lawn chair and letting the world go by around me. The thing was, some of the world was going by me very fast. "Zoom! Whirr, whizz!" These were sounds the hummingbirds made as they buzzed and hummed all around me. The red bee balm is in full bloom, and the little hummers seem to be everywhere. Zip-zing! A blur of wings, twitter and chirp as the hummingbirds sing. How could watching something so fast be so relaxing? I think it's because I know I could never keep up such a pace, so why bother to deny it. Just let it go and enjoy the show—up and down and all around, in and out and round about, here and there and everywhere. Then only to pause in mid air and hover to taste the sweet nectar of summer. Again, nature reminds me how to benefit from the simple act of a reflective pause.
As we go round and round on the carousel of life, know that a part of you is able to pause and look out at what is going by around you.
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