Sometimes you just need to get away from everything. Work, crowds, the internet, TV, shops…. Leave your cell phone at home. Hook the leash on the dog’s collar (or borrow someone else’s dog), and find a quiet place. A place with wild grasses, wind-whipped trees, rocks with crevices wrought by some glacial razor in a long ago millennium. Listen. You’ll hear the whisper of the earth. Look. You’ll see colours only nature can create, and, if you walk softly, wild creatures.
I am on Vancouver Island right now, and it is a place of exceptional beauty. Today on my winter walk I saw deer, and a bald eagle, and two sea lions skimming through the glass-like water of the Georgian Strait, the snow-topped Rockies in the distance. A V of Canada geese flew directly over me and the dog, so low that I could see the web of their feet. I stayed longer than I had intended, standing on top of a rock looking out to the grey water of the Strait, watching the sea lions playing with a trail of moonlight.
Walk softly and you will hear the earth speak to you.