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.

1,019 thoughts on “A Walk in the Park

  1. I loved what you shared Rod, especially these words, sometimes when I go for a walk I am up in my head and miss out on so much of the joy that is on offer in nature, ” 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.” my experience will be what I choose it to be.

  2. Rod this is a beautiful reflection of life and how we in turn play a much bigger part on how the whole environment around us then interacts or disconnects from us. I love observing the world around me when I am out and about and interacting with others and when I am not as conscious of what is going on I ask myself why is that so? Am I in a rush or anxious or stressed about something??? We always have a choice to re-connect to who we are and in turn re-connect with the world all around us too.

  3. I agree – no matter how hard I try blaming someone/something for the way I experience my day – it always comes back to me. It actually makes life much simpler – if I don’t like what I am experiencing, what needs to change is me.

  4. Beautifully said Rod. “Nature doesn’t turn on or off – it’s there – a constant in our lives”. It is us that turns off from ourselves and when we do everything around us, including nature takes on a different view, and a different feeling. In disconnection from ourselves we lose our connection to our world, to the truth and to the many joys of life.

  5. “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?”, a pertinent reminder to me today thank you Rod. Those simple words supported me to come back to me and realise that I have the choice to get out of my head, and into my body and simply enjoy the experience that is right now.

  6. It is so easy to get lost inner heads, thinking about what has past or what we need to do….it ignores our body and is a dis-service to ourselves to treat ourselves in this way, being in conscious presence enables choices to be made, awareness to be felt and no need to live in the past or future and it is so much less exhausting….and it means we get to appreciate what is around us in that moment.

  7. I love what you say and how you say it Rod. All that is true, the ‘magic of God’ never ever disappears. It is only us that do so by withdrawing from such beauty and choosing instead to be run by a part of us that is not syncing to the majestic whole that we are a part of. We as a humanity have much to re-sync to and it is far more simple than we realise – it is quite literally a ‘walk in the park’.

  8. This reminds me of how simple responsibility can be when we choose to be aware of reflections. Being aware of reflections = not imposing on anything on the outside, including the weather, that often gets a bashing from humans expectations of it.

  9. Rod I love your joy-full humorous expression in your blog,complete with an incredible revelation- how we are within is how we perceive our outer world.

  10. Rod, this is a brilliant article, I love this; ‘the magic of nature and the glory within people is always there – but sometimes I’m not’, I can feel the huge difference between me being present with myself and appreciating nature and people and being in my head and not connecting with people and not noticing the amazingness of nature.

  11. A walk in the park can be quite wonderful and usually it comes back to how we are in the present moment that determines this. When I am preoccupied or just not with myself , I stop and focus for a minute on my feet again then feel myself connect again. What a difference this makes as I then open my Heart also.

  12. Beautiful sharing I love it what a great realisation “the magic of nature and the glory within people is always there – but sometimes I’m not.” So true and it brings our energetic responsibility to the forefront of our choices and the outcomes we receive.

  13. Surrendering into a moment, all that it offers, whether that is in nature, in conversation with someone, at a meeting or in a quiet moment alone, allows us to be more aware of everything that is going on and therefore more able to access the richness and learning on offer… it make sense to me to be in life in this way.

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