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.

1,095 thoughts on “A Walk in the Park

  1. Yes, the difference is always in how I am, ‘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.’

  2. Yesterday I was looking at a picture of me as a baby. There was a tenderness and joy that melted me and made me reflect on how this changed years later. Why did I allow this beautiful and joyous state of being change? There’s a lot to appreciate today. Attending workshops and presentations from Universal Medicine brings me back to the responsibility of how I feel is the result of my choices. The preciousness of our being is always there – it never left us – and at any time we can make the choice to come back, even when we don’t live connected to this fact all the time.

  3. Pondering on what you have shared Rod, makes me feel that there is always a possibility that numerology could play a part on the way we go about our day and the reflection that is available?

  4. Our mind can be very deceiving in all of the solutions that it’s coming up with. Trying to consider all possible aspects, all areas and come up with the picture perfect solution. Why is that? Why can’t we surrender to what is in front of us and respond that way? Is it because we are fearful that we won’t be able to do it? That we can’t cope? But isn’t that an illusion brought in by our perception anyways?

  5. “Nature doesn’t turn on or off – it’s there – a constant in our lives.” I love walking, walking is an amazing opportunity to connect to wonders both inside us and out.

    1. Just maybe it is how we are that affects what presents to ourselves, ‘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.’

  6. Rod I love your sharing especially this part “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.” as it can apply to basically everything in life. We have no one to blame just an opportunity for us to unfold the future forward.

    1. It is always important to reflect on what our part was in the situation, ‘ the magic of nature and the glory within people is always there – but sometimes I’m not.’

  7. Nature is indeed ‘rich grand and vibrant’ Rod. The cyclic changes it goes through illustrates to us changes that we can also honor in our own day to day life. For example when autumn comes the leaves start to fall, so correspondingly it is a great time for us to reflect on our year and to let go of what we no longer need.

  8. When we learn to see the world through the eyes of the heart, like a small child naturally does, we cannot help but see the divinity all around and deep within us.

  9. Not only does the Kingdom of God live within us, it is immediately accessible the moment we surrender the armour we have used to shield us from such simple majesty.

  10. I love this Rod. I had a gorgeous walk yesterday which was the result of feeling such a strong impulse to be out in the sunshine and amongst the beautfiul colours of Autumn. It was such a joy to be walking with a sense of being an innate part of my surroundings, with everything that I am and with everyone that I came into contact with.

  11. That open, magical walk in the park can be our everyday experience of God, Life, the Universe and everything if we choose and move to that tune…. or we can choose the other. Its a constant question, and we can’t fudge it… just an exploration of our livingness.

    1. Yes likewise, it is very easy to go into our heads and analyse what has happened but the analysis does not lead to true lessons – it leads to hypothesis and theories. Only the body can bring true understanding.

      1. Being connected with our body is very supportive, ‘the answers to those problems or issues I preoccupy myself with always come to me at the right time when I’m connected.’

  12. Resisting the divine being that we are would appear to be a very practiced and favoured activity that most of us do. It is now time to change the script and embrace the glorious beings that we are.

    1. Is it what is going on with us that changes what we experience as Rod suggests, ‘the magic of nature and the glory within people is always there – but sometimes I’m not.’

  13. And if that is difficult we can always learn how to make wiser – or less wise – choices and then use that understanding. Very true, Elizabeth.

  14. It comes down to a choice of living all that we are – which is very loving and powerful or to live in a comfortable, reduced form. This is a choice we have all day, every day and we can move one way or another way, all day.

    1. It is a choice how we live, in every moment, ‘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?’

  15. ‘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. ‘ – great reminder, the answers are given to us. Depending on what we are aligned to the answer is supplied from a different source; one supplies without effort when we are connected and tuned to the everything that is, the other one makes us think we come up with it ourselves and or gives in a similar way but with a different quality that still gives us identification.

    1. Are we thinking, instead of allowing the answer to come to us, ‘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?’

  16. “Note to self: ‘don’t think – experience’” – this is a good note to self, will do the same, thank you.

  17. Do we think our way through life, or experience it? How we experience others and the world at large is a great reflection of how we feel about and experience ourselves, and our relationship to life.

    1. Yes, our experience of life and people is a great reflection of how we are, ‘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. ‘

    2. The reflection of where we are at is available for us to see if we are open to seeing it, ‘the next time I go for a walk, my experience will be a reflection of where I’m at.’

  18. Yes.. love this reminder and inspiration that nature is a constant offering of abundance, so if we’re not feeling that, then where are we? And if we’re not connecting to and feeling that abundance then what are we connecting to and feeling, instead?

  19. Walking with nature always reflects back to us in many ways, and when we are truly connected we are able to pick up the messages that nature holds for us too.

  20. People behaving differently in my experience is mostly due to changes within us but it also can be due to outside influences – pre-Christmas people may be even more stressed or have more goodwill than normal. After a major flood people felt much clearer as another example.

  21. ‘Note to self: ‘don’t think – experience’’ It’s so simple isn’t it! If we want to be with life in a different way, more complete, more content and with greater settlement we just have to get out of our heads.

  22. So much in the blog to consider, especially because it is the norm for many of us to look to the outside for the reason why something is happening, without looking first within and realising it is actually that which has more influence on our reality

  23. ‘Nature doesn’t turn on or off – it’s there – a constant in our lives.’ And if you choose to not be open, not only you are missing out but we all miss out when you turn off the volume of what can come through you. Lets not turn off but be a constant in our own life just like nature is reflecting to us all of the time.

  24. The beauty of nature and the glory of people, as aspects of life that are always there. This is beautiful for its simplicity and the fact that there is always a choice for how we perceive life to be and for how much we embrace what is divine in the everyday.

  25. The way we are feeling within ourselves as well as our beliefs or ideals can for sure colour or taint the way we perceive the world, as it can also taint the way we see ourselves. Also places can feel different on different days truly as well – as in not because we are projecting but because there is a different sense to it, so it is great to be more aware of when it is something we are projecting or truly picking up on…

  26. “My experience will be a reflection of where I’m at” – this is so true in every aspect of our life, and how empowering is that when we start accepting responsibility for our own experiences and start considering to make different choices.

  27. It is a very liberating moment when it finally dawns on us that we create our own problems.

  28. All I can say is thank God for nature. Seriously, where would we be without it? When you are down and or out or have been hurt by people the spectacular beauty in nature is always there remaining consistent to remind us all of the beauty within.

  29. We often want the ‘me time’ and switch off to being open to others, preferring to walk around in a bubble. I know when I do this I create a barrier between me and others that is is more exhausting than when I am open and transparent I notice how much more alive and lighter I feel.

  30. I absolutely love this Rod, how we are affects everything! It’s empowering and a pretty big ouch at the same time!

  31. “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.” Love this Rod. Everything is a reflection for us – and we too are a reflection for others. What imprint do we choose – in every moment? Responsibility.

  32. It’s up to us to create our own life, our own version of reality. We can have a beautiful life where we welcome the challenges and see them for what they are, a confirmation of our strength, an opportunity to learn. Or we could contract, withdraw and take every attack personally, every negative look to heart and live in misery for eternity.

  33. What a humbling way to be, when we constantly look and reflect our own part in life and see how things are, the way we could respond to things and be super honouring of what we are feeling. Looking inward is a self evaluating process because we start to see things in a different light and we let go of things and start to have more space to be all of who we are.

    1. I have enjoyed your fascination and observation of the skies in photos you have posted before, sometimes I haven’t seen what you have and others I have. It is sweet and honouring to pay so much attention to that which is around us reflecting away.

  34. Rod it is very true, it’s all to do with where we are at and our receptivity to the beauty of nature and people that is ever present. And, it’s also our openness and receptivity to the beauty within ourselves and whether or not we are connected to that.

    1. Oh that’s another nugget! The receptivity of the beauty within, so much is the simple acceptance of our own divinity and innate beauty.

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