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Open our minds to enjoyment.

English: James Watt's house "Heathfield&q...


If we opened our minds to enjoyment, we might find tranquil pleasures spread about us on every side.  We might live with the angels that visit us on every sunbeam, and sit with the fairies who wait on every flower.  ~Samuel Smiles


This morning the sun was shining and the air had warmed, nature beckoned me to come outside. Sometimes we have no choice but to answer. I gathered up Tuck and a hot cup of coffee and found a lovely spot in the sun upon a chair I had made. Things had been a little scattered this past week and thankfully all was accomplished. My mind was already swirling with all that still had to be done. Whenever I am feeling pulled in all directions I end up like a boat in a storm being bounced around and not getting to where I needed to. I instinctively knew the connection to nature had to be honored and strengthened.  So I sat quietly sipping my coffee and allowing nature to unfold around me. My mind settled down and I started to breathe a little deeper. As you drop the barriers the surge of energy you can feel is uplifting at the very least. Off in the distance I heard a bird cry and then one closer called back. I saw in the tree tops a large majestic hawk sitting as if he was watching me. Then I noticed the mate come in closer. I sat watching as they maneuvered their way to my yard. They constantly called back and forth to each other until finally stopping in a tree not more than 20 ft from where I was watching. All three of us studied each other and there was a sense of a non-verbal communication between us. Several minutes went by till suddenly the spell broke and the pair of hawks took flight swooping down and over my head and up into the sky.


The thrill of the moment and experience lingers on and I would not have had the pleasure if I had not opened my mind and heard what was being whispered in my ear. Go outside and you will be a part of something very special. What have you shut you mind to experience? What tranquil pleasures have you missed?




Laurie is a US-based nature botanical artist known for her detailed whimsical flower watercolors. Using only the finest quality materials her paintings murals and custom painted furniture are investment pieces that will bring nature home for decades to come.

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