One of the reasons I enjoy living here is that it offers a sense of perspective. Looking across the hills and valleys towards the Welsh mountains I realise I am Lilliputian. Tiny and inconsequential, a speck of star-dust on the face of our beautiful blue planet.
On a clear day the sky goes on forever as do the rolling hills; the air is fresh and filled with birdsong. In winter it is crisp and bracing, in spring and summer the light scents of apple blossom and wild flowers carry on the breeze. There is no-one else around. I am alone with the oak and the holly, the cirrus and the skyline and I imagine that I hear our planet breathing, I feel its heart beating. In that moment I am enchanted, I know I am privileged to spend time here, to take in the vista and connect with nature in all her glory.
Take a small vacation. Venture out of the metropolis, break free from the cities, their dirt and smog and urban sprawl. Leave the asphalt jungle, the street lights and the 7-11 far behind. Dare to become Lilliputian and forget the material world for a while – it’s over-priced and over-rated anyway. Travel to a place where the sky goes on forever and the stars shine like a million diamonds then imagine you can hear the Earth breathe and feel it’s heart beat.
Let our beautiful planet into your soul and in that moment peace and tranquillity will enchant you too.
Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk.
We will enjoy our walk
without thinking of arriving anywhere.
Our walk is a peace walk.
Our walk is a happiness walk.
Then we learn
that there is no peace walk;
that peace is the walk;
that there is no happiness walk;
that happiness is the walk.
We walk for ourselves.
We walk for everyone
always hand in hand.
Walk and touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom under our feet.
Kiss the Earth with your feet.
Print on Earth your love and happiness.
Earth will be safe
when we feel in us enough safety.
Thich Nhat Hanh