Awareness of presence in nature

Inner peace - Black Lake, MontenegroIt’s summer solstice time again. Here in this part of the Northern Hemisphere, where there has been quite a lot of rain, nature is looking richly abundant. It’s good to be up early in the mornings, while it’s still quiet, and breathe it all in, and feel presence in nature.

It rained last night. The morning is damp and misty, warm now as it is summer at last, with the smells of the rain on the ground. There’s snails crawling up walls and plants, and lots of bird song, exuberant. In the moat on one side of this old village frogs are croaking. There’s a distant sound of cocks crowing too. The church clock chimes the hour.

It’s good to stand still and take it all in. I can stand next to a tree or a shrub and feel it’s energy, smell its smell, see its bright green leaves, damp with moisture, and sense its strong presence, powerfully alive.

Thought is suspended. I am just aware, and noticing my inner response, powerfully alive too, with a strong sense of presence.

It “rolls through all things”

William Wordsworth, in his poem composed by the River Wye above Tintern Abbey in Wales, wrote

“And I have felt
A presence that disturbs with joy
Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,
And the round ocean and the living air,
And the blue sky, and in the mind of man:
A motion and a spirit, that impels
All thinking things, all objects of all thought,
And rolls through all things.”

Thought is suspended. One is just aware, an expanded awareness, beyond words, beyond thought, without thought. Pure presence.

Awakening people tend to have an intense awareness of things. A reminder. It’s something to cultivate. Now’s a good time to do it.

Walking in nature is one way to cultivate connection to consciousness.

Happy solstice.