A quiet walk in nature always soothes my soul. Especially during these uncertain, often frightening times in our world, it helps to seek out an oasis of peace, calm, and beauty. Just one hour of walking amidst the blessings of Springtime on a Sunday afternoon really lifted my spirits! I hope it will lighten your heart as well, as you walk along with us…
As we left home, we didn’t have a definite plan about where we might walk yesterday. April showers during the past week have made many of our favorite walking places very muddy. As we drove, it suddenly dawned on both of us ~ a beautiful place of quiet and peace where we have walked in the past ~ the 40-acre grounds of the National Center of the Theosophical Society in America. Although the Theosophical Society is closed on Sundays, the grounds are open during daylight hours and visitors are always welcome to enjoy a quiet walk.
So, we set off on our peaceful walk…
We wandered past the historic library building,
under the willow trees, across a tiny creek,
to the Perkins Pond at the south end of the campus.
A few feathered friends entertained us as we watched families of Canadian geese and ducks enjoying a relaxing, afternoon swim. Benches along the quiet pond invite visitors to pause and meditate, or sit and reflect upon the quiet beauty.
As we walked under the tall pines, following moss-covered stone paths,
we meandered from patch to patch of colorful Spring flowers,
deep in thought…
A bright patch of yellow
led us to our next peaceful place.
As we looked up, beyond the daffodils,
tucked in amongst the tall trees,
a sight stopped us in our tracks…
Our hearts smiled, as we carefully stepped
between the Spring blossoms
for a closer look.
We lingered in this peaceful spot for a few moments,
speaking very softly,
not wanting to disturb the stillness.
Then we continued on our walk,
past an area filled with busy bee hives,
a prairie garden restoration underway,
across the squishy, rain-soaked grass,
and past a peaceful shrine
with candles aglow.
In the distance, I could see
the quiet oasis
where we have walked before.
In the middle of the peaceful, grassy area is a Cretan labyrinth. The large stepping stones set upon a field of pebbles is unicursal in design. Entering from the bottom of the labyrinth, visitors can walk its single, winding path from the circumference to the center and back out again.
Many years ago, we walked this labyrinth with a large, meditation group. I have also walked this labyrinth in quiet, private meditation. Since there is only one path to the center of the labyrinth and back out, it helps to quiet the mind while walking.
On Sunday afternoon we walked the labyrinth
on our own,
following the long, winding stone path.
we lost track of direction,
of the outside world,
and although our feet were moving
our minds felt still.
Before leaving the grounds, we enjoyed a stop at the Quest Book Shop. It is a fascinating place to linger and explore, filled with books and other resources for meditation, yoga, health, metaphysics, psychology, and science encompassing beliefs from around the world.
P.S. Thank you so much for stopping to visit today. ♥ Where do you enjoy walking in nature?