“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” – John Muir

Moments of awareness … moments of pleasure … moments where the inner noise fades away into deep calm. Yesterday I sat on the deck of a close, loving friend. Her yard offers a collage of nature … color, shapes, texture, and sound. Sitting there I was serenaded … offered special moments inside an auditorium of unanticipated opportunity.

I listened to the trees sing their chorus of peaceful bliss, directed by the wind. Each separate type of tree, each with their own voice, each with their own place, limbs, leaves, and style added their unique song to the blended whole. A symphony of natural rhythms and sounds. Their peaceful song filled my heart … and as my heart filled my soul soared. Their blended harmony surrounded my soul. It sharpened my awareness. It triggered feelings of deep calm and love. I felt my inner peacefulness so much deeper than before. It was such a loving gift … and all for free … it just required listening with awareness. A lesson proving useful in many ways.

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