Yesterday, while folding laundry, I saw something move outside my living room window. As I stepped closer to check it out, I noticed a doe leaping in place and wondered what the heck was going on. Sitting on the edge of the windowsill waiting for the scene to unfold, I discovered a fox peeking out from behind the scotch pine tree in the middle of the field. Each time the fox’s head popped out, the doe backed up, leaped in the air, and landed in place waiting for him to make his next move.
It took a while for me to figure out their game. When the fox inched closer, the doe backed up, then pranced forward a few steps and jumped in place. Their little dance went on for several minutes before the deer sailed over a stone wall into the woods with the fox following close behind.
As I sat quietly absorbing the experience, I took note of how Mother Nature seduces us into the moment inviting us to abandon the self that runs our daily lives (the personality), and return home to our essence (the soul). This is one of the many reasons we find such peace and joy in our partnership with nature.
Whether I’m hiking in the woods, walking by the sea, staring out my window, or listening to a tree moaning in the wind, it not only brings me home to my true self, it aligns my energy with the energy of nature. That’s when magic often follows. A hawk comes to rest on a nearby branch. Squirrels build nests outside our kitchen window. Geese fly overhead in the middle of the night and enter my dreams with their calls to one another as they find their way.
These are the gifts I will treasure this holiday season as the year comes to an end and life eases up. Windows to the wild, long walks in nature, and visits from feathered and furry friends – all great blessings that lead to the best gift of all – the invitation to come home to ourselves and the moment that matters most – the present.
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