If you are acquainted with my other blog, you’ll know that I am very enthusiastic about moving, particularly walking and cycling, in Nature. But sometimes I have to remind myself that it’s also good NOT to move; to stand or sit still outdoors.
This morning I got the perfect reminder. For the past six or seven weeks, I’ve been taking a 30-minute cycle ride each day before breakfast. It’s been the best thing I’ve done for my emotional, physical and spiritual health for a long time. Being in and communing with Nature, experiencing the chilly early morning air, getting the blood circulating, clearing out the cobwebs, freshening up the mind – it’s been invigorating, and something I intend to continue.
One of my favourite routes is through the fields and along a short stretch of a local canal. Virtually every time I take this route the thought crosses my mind “why don’t I just sit down for a moment and be still?” but I disregard it and continue moving. Sometimes, inexplicably, it takes quite an effort to stop moving and do nothing!
Today, however, as I came to the end of the canal stretch and went to turn off through the fields back home, I had a stronger sense than normal that I really had to stop by the canal bank, sit down and be still.
So I did.
For the first few seconds I saw nothing, and then:
It was a super glimpse of one of my favourite birds; a bird, incidentally, that I have only seen once before along this canal, despite coming here frequently over the last twenty years or so.
Had I not stopped, I would have missed it.
It was a reminder once again that sometimes by not moving we can put ourselves in a position to see creatures that we would miss if we’d have kept moving. In a previous post I describe some other amazing experiences with Nature when I’ve made the effort to stand still.
So next time you get a prompt or an intuitive feeling (and I’d love to hear your thoughts as to where these come from!) I encourage you to pay attention to it, stop moving, be still … and who knows what might be coming around the corner!