I spent some time during the last few days
being in the woods.
I think I am better for it.
How can one not be?
I was alone mostly, but occasionally with others.
I walked mostly, and at times road a bike.
The circumstances did not matter
the woods held their magic.
I stopped often and paused in the stillness
to breathe in
and look around
at the small slice of the universe within my view.
During one pause I noticed a slender tree
right next to me, near the trail.
I reached out and placed my hand on its smooth bark
gripping it lightly.
I felt a connection with this living being,
another creature in our universe
so unlike me but flourishing anyways
despite me and others like me.
I recalled an affirmation recently learned:
just for today, I will be kind to all living beings.
And for the rest of that day
You can hear an audio version of this post at link to audio file narrated by my friend, Rich Bodurtha. Contact Rick for voice over work at firstname.lastname@example.org .