One of my earliest recollections of witnessing the beauty of nature was as a young boy growing up in Thailand. I was probably a preteen or early teenager at the time. One afternoon, while I was making my way back home, walking along one of the many narrow earthen dams that runs throughout the rice fields, I took a moment to look up. The rice stalks in the fields had been growing for several months and were long and slender. There was a gentle breeze that made them sway and move like waves of water. This ocean of green stretched out in all directions as far as the eye could see. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of this scene and still to this day I remember how special it felt to be immersed in such an incredible setting. Since then I have had the good fortune and privilege to have other similar experiences with nature.
Over the years I have also come to the realization as many people and cultures have professed, is that the earth is truly a sacred place with a spirit and energy that encompasses everything around us, both living and inanimate objects. It is not always possible or practical to have this view of the planet, but if we can find some time once in a while to just embrace this notion and reconnect with nature, it can re energize our spirits and fill our souls with hope and optimism for the future.
" If you look the right way you can see the whole world is a garden." ~