I have the intention of starting each day in nature, offering a prayer of gratitude or blessing, no matter the weather. I’ve set this intention before but sometimes the bed is so cozy or the day so cold that going outside to pray takes a lot of effort. I’m so glad I did this morning.
It was cool & foggy in the predawn hour. Secluded & silent. The world belonged to me, my cup of coffee, & my dogs. I gave thanks for my many blessings then lifted my eyes to the maple tree praying next to me (or perhaps it was listening to my prayer). I gasped with amazement & awe. The patio light illuminated tiny, perfectly-formed droplets of dew on every blossom & twig. It also revealed countless delicate spider webs, draping the tree like glittering garland on a Christmas tree. Dewdrops are more precious than diamonds, in my eyes.
There is nothing man-made that can surpass the beauty inherent in nature. I’m no poet & my words will never do justice to the magic of being PRESENT this morning.
After breakfast, I walked around my back garden, marveling at the spiderweb “hammocks”, made visible by shimmering dew droplets, nestled in the shrubs, like cupped hands cradling something fragile. I imagine these exquisite webs to be fairy beds. (Yes, I fully intend to keep my imagination & childlike wonder my entire life.)
This morning is definitely one of the most memorable experiences that I’ve ever had. Others including a perfect rainbow arching over my house a month or so ago (how tempting to search for the pot of gold) & a moment in the mountains when the world was black & white like an Ansel Adams’ photograph because bare trees black with wetness contrasted so dramatically with the fluffy white snowflakes that landed on them.
What richness there is around us when we take time to see!