For too long now I have confined myself. I haven’t touched the pebble, or laid my hands on the tree, or admired the colors of the feathers of the duck.
For too long now I haven’t seen you in the clouds, or in the reflections on the pond. I have not felt you in the morning breeze, or sensed you in the empty spaces.
For too long now I haven’t allowed the squirrels to look me in the eyes, or listened to what the birds had to tell me. I haven’t heard you in the whispers beyond the noises.
For too long now I have not felt you gently kissing my feet as I walk. I have not noticed the leaves dancing with the wind. I have not seen you in what is dying and what is being born. I have not reflected on the impermanence of all.
For too long now I have not seen you shining in the drops of water on the blades of grass.
I have not been paying attention.
I haven’t felt that you and I are one.
But today I am out again,
feeling lighter and bigger,
feeling free and connected.
I am here, now
~ Piero Falci
An invitation for a mindful walk in nature.
Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect and write, and who not only aspires to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches Mindfulness Meditation and Mindful Living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He leads mindfulness silent retreats and organizes Silent Peace Walks. He lives in Florida, USA. Join his Mindfulness Meditation and Mindfulness Living sessions at Yoga Source in Coral Springs (Sundays at 9:00 AM) and at Shiwa Yoga in Deerfield Beach (Thursdays at 6:30 AM and 12:30 PM)
Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store
– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”
– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”
– “Silent Peace Walk”