Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Alone in the Woods
On Friday morning as Reece disappeared into the woods with his Forest Friday program, I took some time to get lost in the woods, camera in hand.
I walked fast at first, maybe the need to be alone was stronger than I thought, but then, once wrapped in the welcoming arms of the woods, I slowed down. I stopped. I closed my eyes. I reached my arms out and up and I took a deep breath. And then I let it go, and with that release peace and calm washed over me, and as a smile appeared across my face I heard my soul say, "I am home."
I moved forward again, but this time much slower and with intention. An intention to take it all in, to experience autumn and the glory of this wonderful season.I walked for quite some time, but then I felt it, a pull. A pull to stop, to sit, to be. I let myself be pulled and I sat on the forest floor.
A few minutes passed and then the world around me came alive. A chickadee sang, a chipmunk chattered and blue jay said hello. A squirrel came bouncing down from a tree . He stopped in front of me and we looked at each other.
Then he moved, scratching the leaves, searching. He continued this in my presence, I watched, thankful for this opportunity, for this experience of being up close and personal with this creature. I watched, taking slow, shallow breaths, until he scampered off, then a deep breath filled my body. I slowly stood up, moving back to the trail, to my hike, the falling leaves, the glorious colour and this time, alone.
Alone in the woods I find connection to a deeper part of myself. I can hear the voice of my heart with clarity. I feel peace, and I am happy. In the woods, I am at home, free to be exactly who I am and very clear about where I want to go in this life. It is in the woods I find myself, and each time I leave I bring a little more of myself out with me.