Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. – Albert Einstein
I remember a story about Buddha’s teaching. Buddha one day gave his students a flower and told them to look at it. While most students wondered what their master was teaching through this silent task, one of the student looked at the flower for a while and then smiled deeply. He understood the meaning of this lesson.
Across the ocean, Einstein who did not believe in an organised religion left us the quote above. Different time, different language, and the message appears the same. So can we learn something from this?
Perhaps we could begin with actually taking time to look into nature.
Yes, I mean STOP doing whatever you are doing and look into nature for, say 60 seconds or so.
It’s probably new for most of us to consciously stop and experience something; something that does not offer an immediate gain of some sort, something that is outside of the box.
But if you didn’t need a reason to stop,
If you didn’t need to plan to stop,
Can you just stop and take a conscious breath now, just because?
Stop and notice a tree near a bus stop for a start, or a single weed on side path flowering, a cobweb after a rain, a bird in a tree, and a lady bug, a rock, a piece of wood, stars, ground under feet.
And if you could, only if you could, notice everything else that surround you right in this moment while you maintain your focus on what’s in front of you. Remember to keep breathing~
What can you see?
Are you breathing?
What can you hear?
Take another breathe.
What can you feel?
What else can you find in your experience?
Are you beginning to relate to Einstein yet?