I am lucky enough to experience mother nature’s magnificence every time I awake to a new day. We all get to experience the magnificence of mother nature, in every waking moment, but it is up to us to take notice.
I am a busy human like most, and the magnificence I am surrounded by is often lost in the blur of events. The struggle to survive and the struggle to find significance, keep the mind oh so busy. It is only in the art of being present do we have the capacity to appreciate the Universe’s greatest artist, mother nature. So I will talk about a couple times I am present and able to take notice of the grandeur before me.
One moment I am addicted to, and grateful it repeats daily, is the sunset. Similar to the ones before it, but always slightly different. A greater tapestry has never been painted by a mere mortal. A tapestry that evolves over time, the oranges turning to deep reds, the blues turning a dark purple, all fading to a black canvas speckled with stars. A great time to sit with some friends or alone and appreciate the day that has just passed. A moment of rest, a moment of appreciation, a moment of gratitude.
How lucky are we to get this opportunity daily?
How often are we wise enough to notice it?
Nothing is more cathartic than hiking to the top of a mountain and peering out over all the splendor that surrounds you. The higher the mountain the better, as the lack of oxygen plays some neat tricks with the mind. From the top of a mountain you can feel how small you really are, yet how far you can truly go. You get to view mother nature’s magnificence from a vantage point few ever get to experience. The clouds rolling in below you, you look down upon the birds, not up at their bellies, and see the tops of trees that once towered over you in the valleys below. From a mountain top you are provided a new perspective on a world that is so easy to get lost in. A reminder, to occasionally stop and take notice of the magnificence surrounding us, amidst the chaos of our daily lives.
Having lived a full life, there is no one biggest display of mother nature’s magnificence. Some make me smile, some make my cry, some make me reflect on life, some hit me in the face with an epiphany, some are merely magical due to the people it is shared with.
I am an artist practicing presence, and I will be shown many more of these magnificent displays. For that I am happy.
For you, I merely ask that you notice your surroundings.