Bernie Rowen-Ross tells us we need to take time to be still, and
observe the wonders around us.

The sun is warm on my skin as it pours its light onto my arm, the sky is blue and I can hear birdsong. As I look out the window, a beautiful blackbird is chirping happily, and the ubiquitous wood pigeon is cooing in the distance. Yesterday I watched a family of jackdaws enjoying some peanuts that I had placed in the bird feeder. This feeding frenzy gave me pause; I thought about the gift of being able to observe nature and enjoy the activity without having to engage with it. 

I recall, as a nine-year-old child, the day my father died in an aeroplane crash. I didn’t know what to do with my feelings. I walked from our house into the Namib desert, about four blocks away, sat on the sand, and watched tiny insects go about their daily lives. There was peace in that observation, a peace of ‘knowing’ that life continues without us no matter what. I watched the horizon, sand blowing, as the shape of the dune shifted. 

On this beautiful planet, the life that surrounds us constantly, the trees that change colour through the season, the sky that is seldom the same from one hour to the next, the sea that is never entirely still – what a marvel and joy.

I think it is healing to give yourself time to observe, and Mother Nature would probably heal herself if we didn’t try to change anything; if we simply observed without feeling the need to control or change nature. Honouring nature is not in our culture; in most Western cultures, there is a sense that ‘we have dominion over the plants and animals’. If we could have a sense of awe regarding plants and animals, we would not be in the ecological mess we find ourselves.

When we can nurture nature and feel the interconnectedness of all things, we would take time to observe the wonders that abound right within our close neighbourhood. In silence, we can hear life buzzing around, with life-giving bees, the beauty of birdsong, the swish of the sea, the rustle of the breeze through the leaves. What more do we need

Enchantment lies in everyday moments if you are observant

– Amy Leigh Mercree

Bernie Rowen-Ross is an Ayurvedic Counsellor and Psychotherapist, she consults via Zoom
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