I woke at five thirty this morning. Instead of staying in bed trying to get back to sleep, thinking about pointless stuff, I got up. I grabbed my camera and drove out to the canyons in the Cape Range National Park.
Driving up the gravel road in the dark I had no idea where I was headed. All I knew was that I was going enjoy hanging out with Mother Nature and try to capture some of her beauty.
I found a spot to park just as the sun was coming up, and probably just as Jill was getting up for work. I always really enjoy sunrises and sunsets and today was no exception. The perfect sight to bring me back to the present moment.
Even though we have been travelling, I have still been working full time. So it was nice to just spend some time walking around without any plans, following my feet.
Eventually my feet found this track and they decided to follow it.
It didn’t take long for my mind to slow down, but there was still al lot of chatter going on. So I stopped and sat down. Focussing on the littlest things like the feeling of the breeze on my face, the songs of the birds, and the patterns in the rocks distracted me from my chatterbox mind. And with my mind silent, I was me again. The real me. Happy and content.
So happily I walked on, not a care in the world. Enjoying chillin’ with Mother Nature. Before long though, my mind started up again. But after being in my blissful state it was much easier to shoosh it. I really saw how much of my time I waste being cooped up in my mind. Not living, but thinking. I really prefer how I feel just being present in the moment.
All of a sudden the earth in front of me stopped. And then it started again a few hundred metres away.
Contemplating how long it took for a little creek to eventually wear away the earth into this canyon really put my life into perspective. The Universe doesn’t care how much money I have, how important I am, what I look like or what I do with my life. It just wants me to happy. And I can only be happy if I’m present.
So I decided then and there, that I would just be more. Sure my mind will get carried away with itself most of the time. But like I learned today even spending a little time in the present makes it easier to get back there. And just like the rain wore away this gorge, making a habit of being present will wear away my distracting mind.