There's a certain smell to the Pacific Northwest that's totally different than Ohio. It's the scent of pine, rotting leaves, ferns, and wet forest floor.
This morning I struck out on my own to explore a nearby hiking path. I started up the path with iPhone earbuds in my ears listening to Viktor Frankl's, Man Search for Meaning
, until I realized what I was doing.
I was walking through one of the most beautiful forests in Washington State with my mind somewhere else!
The earbuds came out of my ears. The iPhone was zipped safely in my pocket. For a moment I stood in the forest listening, being present to the smell, the feel, and the sight of where my feet were; the beauty of the moment.
The rest of the hike was spent in silence in walking meditation. If thoughts threatened to invade my mind, relentless worms, I focused on the next foot step or my breathing or counting. There was no fleeting happiness; only a deep unshakeable peace.
How could you find peace today? Where and when could you turn off the noise around you and within you?