Among the greatest of all the many lessons I learned from My Very Old Dog came during our early evening walks. As he aged to a point of fragility, I had to focus all my attention on watching him, in case he stumbled or needed some help. I stopped taking along my Android.
After about a week of this, something simple but extraordinary occurred. I heard “conversations” between various types of birds which had previously been background “noise.” Different kinds of sage and other native bushes and flowers, even different varieties of freshly-cut grasses were no longer smells but fragrances.
I noticed that my ability to practically zero in an a distant object became more acute. I found myself returning home refreshed, relaxed, connected and somehow more whole.
Even though he’s now gone and I no longer have those walks, I’ve made time to grab what I came to think of as a “Peace of Green.”
It’s simply a walk into the closest area where there is all green, where there is not within sight any other person or anything manufactured.
Here is a “peace of green” which I taped during a visit to Fredericksburg, Virginia in a forest abutting the Rappahanock River. It helped me.
Perhaps this short “peace of green” will relax you too – even from a tablet, phone, laptop or PC.
In the weeks ahead, there will be other “peace of green” videos from other parts of the country.
- Ashland and Fredericksburg designated ‘Virginia Main Street’ communities (virginiabusiness.com)
- Jim Crouch: Skydiving is a peaceful sensation (coolinterviews.wordpress.com)
- Virginia Vacations (socyberty.com)
- My Personal Recipe for Peace (writersite.org)