It is another perfect day for a walk in the woods.
I am taking the day for hiking in Nevada. I am going up Kingsbury Grade, through the woods, and then down to Nevada Beach.
It is so serene… the smell is so refreshing… silence and solitude… and then, suddenly, I am transported to a different dimension. There is no distance… no near or far… space is an illusion. Time slows down, and I realize that I am not separated, but that I am one with everything else.
I know what you are thinking. 🙂
Yes, I am in California, and… No, I am not smoking anything.
Back in 1997 I traveled to Utah to attend a week-long experience on principle-centered living with Stephen R. Covey. Back then I wrote a letter to my sons the day I arrived in Sundance, after a walk in the woods of Mount Timpanogas in the Wasatch Mountains.
Sometimes it is necessary to be alone in silence, and think. Today I have done just that. Today I took the trail to the waterfall. The one who arrives first does not win. The one who wins is he who enjoys the stroll the most.
We must walk slowly, in silence, and look at everything… the flowers, the sprouts, the tree trunks, the stones, the shadows, the sun through the leaves, the little insects and the huge sky.
We must look at the smallest and the biggest things. We must look at what is near and what is far.
Listen to all sounds: the river, the wind, the dogs barking in the distance and the grasshopper. Touch, feel, and understand that the little pebble contains the whole world. Feel the sun’s warmth, the breeze, and the cold in the shade. See the reflections of the sunlight on the water. Breathe in. Smell.
Look at the trees, humble yourself, and become one with nature.
Sometimes we need to be alone, in silence, without distractions, and just be.