I consider myself extremely lucky to have a nature reserve virtually on my doorstep, which is the obvious choice for walking my two dogs, so twice a day we escape the house to have a hike through the woods and over the heath. Working from home is convenient in many ways, but it would be very easy to become caught up in your own little bubble if you can’t escape regularly. Although I love all the seasons, spring and summer are definitely my favourites, especially when the weather is as glorious as it has been the past couple of weeks. I love being out there, walking barefoot, as it makes me feel closer to nature.
I always feel at home and welcome among the trees and wildlife. There are many different kinds of birds and animals like foxes, badgers, squirrels, moles, and all sorts of little creatures scurrying in the undergrowth. Only today I saw a blue jay and a woodpecker with their lovely colourful plumage. I often see a family of albino squirrels – a mummy, daddy and a baby – who are either pretty tame or extremely curious, because they will often sit in one of the trees looking at me and the dogs. Especially the baby will happily sit and watch, only about three feet away from me, as if laughing at my silly dogs, who are all excited and would climb the tree if they could, just for the fun of chasing it. I’ve seen foxes basking in the sunshine in front of their den, and young badgers scurrying around in the bushes near their set.
When I walk into the woods, I always greet my friends the trees, because they always make me feel welcome. I thank them for their beauty and the oxygen they supply us with, for their shelter from the rain and wind, and their cool shade on hot days. I have always felt their love reaching out to me, and if it hadn’t been for my dogs distracting me, I’ve often felt I could have communicated with them. A few days ago, I had a wonderful, very magical experience which filled me with joy.
I was walking barefoot along a path, with gnarled oaks, a gorgeous maple, several graceful willows and a large holly along one side, and budding hawthorns, delicate rowans and silver birches along the other side. I often talk to them as I walk past, because they are so beautiful and I enjoy being near them. I was walking along, daydreaming in the warm sunshine, when I felt the trees reaching out to me. I closed my eyes, trying to connect with them. I felt their love, as their auras stroked mine – a delicate caress, like the gentlest of breezes in my hair. I slowly walked along with my eyes closed, just enjoying the feel of them for a while. Then all of a sudden, I started seeing the light of their auras. They were yellow, gold and different shades of green, with edgings of pure white light that blended with my own aura, which was mainly purple and blue. I became aware of the birds, like small bright lights of pastel colours in the branches of the trees. It was absolutely magical, like entering an unbelievably beautiful world of Love, Light and pure Joy.
Then one of my dogs brushed against my leg, and I involuntarily opened my eyes and looked down, which broke the spell, and I came back to ‘reality’, which was a big disappointment. I have tried to get back into that magical world, but I haven’t been able to so far. I feel extremely blessed for having had the experience, which still leaves me in awe just thinking about it.