A Walk in the Park

I just got back from a walk in the park with Ralph (our white Maltese Shitzu dog). People like Ralph.

It’s a beautiful park, with acres and acres of trees, grass and natural bush land located beside a creek. And it’s dog friendly, which means that dogs and humans can frolic around without leashes, provided you take a plastic bag or two (no need to elaborate on the details).

But there’s something peculiar about this park. It changes: some days it’s quiet, as if nature has taken a day off, whereas on other days there’s an abundance of activity.

Take today. It was all happening down there. There was a slight breeze and the leaves on the large trees waved to us. Of course I waved back and Ralph shared his scent with 487 trees to show his appreciation. I didn’t… honestly.

And then there were the birds – so many flying overhead showing off their translucent wings against the backdrop of the sun, while hundreds of others called out and welcomed us to their home.

Throughout the park I saw so many different shades of green and other colourful hues. There is a constant process of regeneration. It is rich, grand and vibrant. Even the clouds danced, evolving into different patterns.

Yes there was certainly something special about the park today which offered a delightful sense of freedom.

I’ve noticed this also happens when I go to the beach. There’s water, waves, sand, seagulls and whatever the weather dishes up. Sometimes it appears to hold itself back – almost in the background, yet at other times it’s effervescent, welcoming and magnificent.

And it’s the same in shopping malls. There are those days when people appear to be more rushed, with very little eye contact – almost as if they are hiding. Then there are days when there is more eye contact and engagement which overall makes for a much more pleasant shopping experience.

So what’s going on here? Why does nature put on so many different aspects? Why do people change so much? Could the weather have something to do with this or global warming or the phases of the moon or some sort of electrical interference?

Or is there something else?

Could it possibly have something to do with me? Mmmm. . . after due consideration, I am afraid there is nothing or no one else I can blame it on. It all has to do with me.

When I’m in my head thinking, focussed on something I have to do in the future, or trying to fix a problem or solve some sort of issue, then nature and people fade away into the background. However the magic of nature and the glory within people is always there – but sometimes I’m not.

Yet when I clear my mind, like today, and simply take in what is around me and connect to it all, it is transformational. And the remarkable thing is that the answers to those problems or issues I preoccupy myself with always come to me at the right time when I’m connected. So why waste all of that time brain bashing rather than simply enjoy what is presented to me, wherever I am?

So it really comes down to my choice as to whether I want to be open and connect with that or not. And if I choose not to do so, then how much am I missing out on? (I feel there is much more than I can currently comprehend).

Nature doesn’t turn on or off – it’s there – a constant in our lives. It’s up to us as to how we experience it. It’s up to us as to how we experience people. Perhaps that lies at the heart of many of our problems: do we think far too much, rather than simply experience what is there before us?

(Note to self: ‘don’t think – experience’).

Serge Benhayon’s presentations at Universal Medicine events have shown me how I can open my eyes and my heart to all that is around me (and beyond) and for that I am most appreciative.

So the next time I go for a walk, my experience will be a reflection of where I’m at. If it’s not amazing then the only person responsible will be the one who looks back at me from a mirror.

After all – it’s not merely a walk in the park. It’s divine.

by Rod Harvey, Marketing Manager, Gold Coast, Australia.

1,069 thoughts on “A Walk in the Park

  1. Time outside, enjoying the air and the trees is something that is very easy to underestimate. It rejuvenates us, starts our days with a steady breath, and offers a reminder of the grand person we are.

  2. A beautiful reminder that what we see and feel in the world around is but a reflection of our own internal world.

  3. I have noticed that the days that I am in my head and upset about some personal issue, all I tend to see around me in people and situations are negative things that I then react to even more. Whereas the days that I drop the self-judgement, merely focus on my body as I work and move throughout the day, I tend to also have more understanding of others, see their beautiful essence (even through some negative behaviours) and it seems like Nature is putting on more of a show for me as I notice all kinds of magical things.

  4. Thank you Joel for the valuable reminder of how the quality of how we are living comes through what we are choosing to connect to, in every moment, as in every moment we have the choice to connect to love or all this is not of love.

  5. Love this. When someone we love is about to pass over, we often have no hesitation in expressing all the love and appreciation we feel for them, yet we take day to day interactions with each other for granted. Most of the time other people are background noise, irritation, enemies, comic relief or entertainment and always take my a back seat to our internal dramas. We rarely connect to the gorgeousness of the people in our lives until we believe we may not see them again.

  6. Love this Rod, don’t think experience, yes, and that’s on offer for us always, no matter what’s going on with us, nature is ready with her bounty and people too. You remind me that when I get serious and stuck in a problem I’ve lost my connection to all around me, and we’re part of that larger all, so I’ve also lost connection to me as well as that bigger picture.

  7. I love you’re note to self: ‘don’t think- experience’. Once we get out of our head we see, hear and feel the whole world is in communication to us.

  8. I have a similar ‘note to self’ – ‘don’t think…feel and sense’. Makes a world of difference to my experience of the world around me. And I have much less anxiety than I used to because I don’t get so caught up in the old habits of over thinking.

  9. “(Note to self: ‘don’t think – experience’).” – Love it! It is so true that how we experience the world is dependent upon how we feeling and where our focus of attention is – “the magic of nature and the glory within people is always there – but sometimes I’m not.”

  10. What we see is dependant on the lens through which we look and this lens is fashioned by the way we move through life – either in love or against it.

  11. “Nature doesn’t turn on or off – it’s there – a constant in our lives. It’s up to us as to how we experience it.” We may not like the responsibility that comes with understanding the truth of this, but true it is nonetheless.

  12. We do actually know when we are choosing to be open or can’t be bothered to talk to anyone, as we avoid eye contact and tell ourselves that we are not up to chatting with anyone. Then on those days when this is the case, and we feel closed off, something magical happens when we do start to have an everyday conversation with someone unknown to us – it changes how we feel, and we then become more willing to engage.

  13. ‘when we embrace our true power, life becomes rich and beautifully simple.’ Thank you Joseph Barker. I know this is true and is just what I needed to hear this morning. I can so easily bow down to what is not absolutely true for me. The absolute truth is where the power lies.

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