On Being Outdoors

Last night I went to my local library to participate in a yoga class that they have every two weeks. I went for the first time two weeks ago and really enjoyed it, so I though I would sign up to go again. When I got to the library I noticed a group of people outside, so I made my way over, and sure enough, everyone was circled up with their mats and workout clothes. Our class was being held outside.

The sun was going down casting pinks and oranges into the sky. As we were working to hold poses and balance the instructor told us to pick a focal point, my focal point was a beautiful flower in a garden straight ahead of me. The glow at the days end made the world feel still. And through our last mediation and stretching we were asked to lay on our back. I saw only one star at first, but by the time we were finished stars were scattered across the sky’s dark background.

It was beautiful and peaceful. I have recently recognized the wonder of nature and my desire to spend more time in it. It fills me up and nurtures me in a way other things can not. It slows down time and helps me recognize what is truly important. I am so thankful to have been able to have a night outside, in a place of peace.

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