We thirst for an emotional tide to wash over us and cleanse our mind.
Maybe it is peace of mind or a small inkling of what Siddhārtha Gautama felt was enlightenment. Scientists may tell us it is a releasing of endorphins that saturate our system. If we are lucky, at one time in our lives we have all felt it…if only for a moment.
Imagine, if you will, all cares and worries being replaced with a deep and satisfying breath. A warming, comfortable ray of sunshine on your face. Your eyes closed, relaxed.
One moment. One gratifying moment of your day. Your life.
What does it take for us to repeat that one moment? Is it necessary for us to endure a lifetime of study, reflection and sacrifice? Must we adhere to strict rules of diet and exercise? Are we left to realize our fleeting moments are random or involuntary?
It’s been a while since I’ve gotten all existential on you. It’s probably been since spring, when the weather was cool and the days were filled with the fresh aroma of new life blooming across the landscape. I would not fault you for rolling your eyes. Sometimes I read what I’ve written and roll my own eyes. But in reflection, I notice a pattern…
My moods ebb with the seasons. That deep and satisfying breath comes with a chill in the breeze, a change in the colors and the cacophony of rain and snow and wind. Mother Nature comes alive from her slumber during summer’s blister and offers a seasonal rain to wash away the laziness and invite us into her home.
The blue’s are bluer, the yellow’s are yellower, the red’s are redder…
Autumn explodes unto the senses. The inviting calm before the winter storms gives free pass to those willing to explore just a little bit further. The beeping and honking of machines man made begin to slowly lilt and fade, becoming but a memory from our former selves. The day becomes timeless, endless. The walk along a quiet path becomes an adventure for the ages, a journey into a world of unimaginable wonder and inexplicable beauty.
Shade covers our face and offers a life affirming chill before we continue on and are welcomed into the open arms of the sun. A chirp or a caw rings out like a chorus and the warming bark of a nearby tree fills our senses. Mother Nature watches over us, and we can almost see her smile…
The deep breath.
Our one moment.