I was sitting on my bench in the garden this morning, just me and my couple of bellies when I had a ‘Nirvana’ moment. The sun was shining and although there was a bit of a cool breeze, everything was just lovely. It’s quite rural around these parts, it’s just over 2 miles to the end of the road and there is the occasional traffic that passes through, but not too often. I had just finished a mug of tea, the first of many of the day when the sound of silence suddenly hit me.
Immediately, I was thinking just how lucky am I. Sat here in paradise wanting for nothing at all. The morning had started with me perusing the usual social media haunts, especially Facebook and Instagram. I don’t know why I do it, the negativity and downright nastiness, not from everybody, but from a lot of people leaves me drained and upset at times. So fresh air and a mug of tea were required.
The stillness was just beautiful. Then the sound of birdsong, a huge variety of tweets and whistles, Swallows, House Martins and a few Red Kites flying overhead. The colours of the flowers in full bloom are so gorgeous. I could be anywhere in the world, but I am home and there’s no better feeling. All the earlier aggression and negativity were gone and the feeling of happiness was in control.
I can’t remember a time when I sat down and felt so at peace with everything. I’ve heard about it happening to others on many occasions, but never to me. The only way I can describe it is it must be the closest thing to heaven that anyone can feel. Well, I hope that’s how heaven feels when I have to check-in.
The rest of the day was as lovely as the morning up until the clouds moved in around 6:00 pm. We even ate lunch in the garden, I had cockles with bread and butter and my wife had a salad sandwich all washed down with another mug of tea. After a little bit of tidying up with the strimmer, I went back to my bench and sat there until the rain moved me on. At times, Debbie joined me and we both talked about how fortunate we are to be living this life.
There’s something about being in and with nature and sitting with Mother Earth that is unlike any feeling I have ever experienced. A warm sun, blue skies, flowers with beautiful colours and the birds and bees all combine to make paradise. As Louis Armstrong sang, ‘What A Wonderful World.’
I always put a link at the end of my posts, but I wasn’t sure this time what I could post. So here’s a link to a website called Gardens of Heaven.