Living in Paradise
I live in the country in an area of fields and forests
The other day, when I went outside in the early
morning, there was not a hint of wind, the air was still. The late summer heavy dew glistened in the first rays of
the sun. The lush green of the fields and trees provided a background for flowers blooming and blackberries
ripening. Birds and insects were using their voices. I could hear loons and bluejays, hummingbird and song
sparrows, bees and flies and dragonflies all going about their business.
As I sat there, being in the present moment with awe in
my heart at the incredible beauty of the natural world, the thought that came into my mind was that I am in
When I look at this experience of Paradise, in
retrospect, I see that, after a good night's sleep, I am physically comfortable in my body, unconditionally loving
and accepting of myself and my intimate people, at peace with the challenges of my life, immersed in my soul's
growth processes and thus able to simply be in the present moment with my surroundings that are ineffably
beautiful, vibrantly alive and thriving.
Toad hops in my garden as I look after the plants. A
snake lies curled under my sheep manure bag, when I lift it. Red tailed hawk rises from the field as I watch. Ants
make a path to and fro from wormwood. Bees buzz in the blooming thyme. Porcupine grazes on the lawn, ignoring human
activity around her. Bats zigzag through the night air. Chipmonks and sqirrels and crows and pigeons and mourning
doves all feel comfortable in this Paradise on Earth, that encompasses all the Beings that choose to live
I know that there are other times in my days when I am
in the fray of human environments and activities, that Paradise is the last possible description I would
Yet, it is because of the stresses and challenges of my
human processes that I am able to perceive and value Paradise when it presents itself into my life. Being
wet/cold/hungry/uncomfortable, caught in traffic/frustrated/misunderstood/impatient/dramatic/tired are all part of
the fabric of life.
But that only makes this moment of experiencing
Paradise all the more precious.
The art of living in Paradise/living in wellness is not
about being there all the time (I suspect that would get boring), but rather about keeping thoughts in perspective
and balance: giving energy to what you want to encourage and experience, acknowledging and understanding the rest
and letting it flow off/away/out/release. To cultivate that inner self-comfort of peace and stillness that allows
special experiences to happen.