It is perhaps in seeking a large refill of inspiration that has made the weekly nature walk a lifestyle habit for me. This week, I happened to make a list of some of the sights and sounds that were sources of inspiration on Friday morning.
A narrow bridge between two small mounds of grass. Blackbirds showing exquisite flight control in the midst of a swift breeze. The play of light and shadows under partly overcast. transitioning skies. Remnants of last night’s campfires in fire pits. Lunch tables in the grass, arranged in a circle. A white tailed deer who sighted me and bounded away in the forest. A windmill by the water that alternates between stillness and speeding up to the pace of the wind. A hare that sighted me and scampered across the path to the apparent safety of his brood.
And there were so many more elements that filled me with inspiration in the short walk. Every single element had a lightness, a simplicity, a nonchalance, a spontaneity about it; perhaps that is what made them unique, never to be repeated sources of inspiration. It is when we encounter the unexpected in nature, when we get glimpses of the infinite possibilities of life in our daily living, that we get filled with inspiration, don’t we?
I often wonder if my weekly walks are to remind myself of the truth that the greatest source of inspiration lies within me; nature simply reflects my remembrance of that source. How about you? What are some of your sources of inspiration? What are some qualities of those sources that keeps you returning to them? How do you stay inspired between ‘refills’ from your source(s)?
P.S. Join us for our weekly gathering and twitter chat, Sunday May 21 at 9amET / 1pmGMT / 730pm India ~ share your inspiration. Namaste ~ @AjmaniK
Looking forward to exploring and sharing “sources of inspiration” that most of us in Spirit Chat have discovered over the years, especially as you say, the ones that we keep returning to because they are ever present and accessible. My hunch is that Nature, for many of us, is one of those sources. And what is it more precisely about Nature that inspires, gives us breath and life? I have, and am grateful for, many sources that continue to inspire me and this little community that you have developed is one of those weekly doses of inspiration that is a great way to start a new day, a new week. Thank you for this!
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Saturday greetings, Gary! Yes – I am among those fortunate enough to have ‘easy access’ to Nature for inspiration… and there are many other sources like books, music, communities, conversations and such… I often think about keeping the sources as accessible, as clean and pure as we can… grateful for all those who did and do the same for me…