A walk in the park

I was recently walking with a friend around one of my favourite little lakes – one I used to take my children to on picnics thirty odd years ago – when I became aware of something.

At the beginning of the walk, my friend and I were focused upon our environment, admiring and commenting upon what we saw. It was a very visual experience as we enjoyed the presence of a kookaburra, numerous crows, and a variety of water birds including a duck with her five little ducklings.

About three quarters of the way around, we chose one of the benches in the shade of a couple of tall old gum trees to enjoy some silent time together. No sooner had we sat and closed our eyes, that I became aware of the harsh and intrusive sound of an electric saw or some such noisy machinery.

I could hear the birds and the breeze and even opened my eyes to the rustling sounds of a couple of crows investigating a piece of bark close by. Despite all of these pleasant sounds of nature, what ensnared my attention was the racket of the machine.

I sat, observing my reaction to this disturbance to the natural sounds of the park. I remained open and allowing until I realized that all the sounds that were present were natural to that moment.

With this simple recognition, I settled into the silence deep within myself and to my great amusement, within a minute, the machine was turned off. I was left with the breeze and the distant caw of a crow.

There is no disturbance greater than the disturbance of the mind. As soon as that settles, everything else comes to rest.

                                                                                                                 Posted 22nd October 2017 by Sa Silvano

5 Comments
  • Linda Graham
    Posted at 17:42h, 22 October

    Beautiful insights as always, dearest Sa. I am so glad, and so grateful, that you are sharing your deep wisdom with us in this way.
    With much love
    L xxx

  • Nico
    Posted at 05:25h, 23 October

    This is one of the best things I’ve learnt from you Sa… to accept the noises of a moment as they are, not as I’d like them to be…

    It really helped recently when camping with a bunch of guys…. some of whom snored when they slept:)!

  • Sonja Laurence
    Posted at 07:35h, 23 October

    Thank You Sa,
    Such guidance is very relevant to the World of Today…. noisy, fast-paced, which I do find a challenge.
    Thank You
    Blessed Be
    Sonja xoxo

  • Shelley Spicer
    Posted at 08:30h, 23 October

    I love your posts Sa. They are always filled with Wisdom. Thank uou for showing the power of presence.
    Love and light to you always
    Shelley xx

  • Ros Boundy
    Posted at 13:22h, 23 October

    That moment of dropping through that veil, is superb. Thanks for sharing this truth Sa.