"Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness."
~ Eckhart Tolle
I went on a snow-shoe hike through our land recently, experiencing my surroundings through the lens of nature's stillness.
We're so busy in our day-to-day lives - we're always moving from one thing to the next, always on our way somewhere or ticking something off our to-do lists. The sad thing about all this rushing around and goal-oriented activity is that we can easily lose our sense of wonder and awe about what is all around us. I'm talking about the way young children look at things, with a sense of imagination, appreciation, discovery and curiosity. In the stillness of nature, I see things around me differently. It's as if the stillness gives me a fresh set of eyes - maybe the eyes of a child - and I notice things in a whole new way.