The healing power of nature

Yesterday I left my guidebook behind and went walking with no destination in mind. Climbing a path up a mountain I left the shops catering to tourists, along with the other tourists (and locals) behind.
A beautiful orange and black butterfly landed nearby and I found myself in a game of hide-and-seek, ending with my new friend landing twice on my hand and fluttering away, dancing in the air, and leaving me smiling. The wind exhaled, softly waving Tibetan prayer flags that were draped from the trees. Birds hopped on the forest floor making crunching sounds on the drying leaves.
I was finally alone and without a schedule to keep, breathing fresh mountain air and rejuvenating my body and mind. Sometimes there’s so much going on, so many places and things to see, so much to do and so many things “not to be missed” that it’s easy forget to stop and take it all in and just be aware of what is right in front of you.  May this be a friendly reminder to go outside, breathe deeply, feel at home and forget you are a traveler for a short time.

Posted by | Comments (4)  | November 28, 2008
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4 Responses to “The healing power of nature”

  1. daniel Says:

    I always feel honored when something else that is so alive wants to spend time with me. Be it a butterfly that lands on my hand, a squirrel that stops at me feet to stare up to me – anything like that. Great post. Made me smile. Thank you!

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