Standing under the outstretched branches of the chestnut tree,
I look around me and feel a deep connection to all I see.
Each element before me holds a symbolic message.
I get a wonderful feeling of openness and freedom and yet I feel protected, but not hemmed in, by the branches of the tree.
Even though the trunk is not visible, the branches, with their upturned tilt,
encourage me to cast my eyes around me.
The lovely tree shadow in the pebbles tells me that wherever I go
I shall always be protected by a discreet presence.
The new leaves unfurling speak of new beginnings
and however many life experiences I may encounter, they are there to help me grow and move forward.
The little ripples on the surface of the water are the ripples on the surface of life which isn't all plain sailing,
but underneath the ripples there is stability and strength.
As I walk across the pebbles, I approach the evergreen trees in the distance
and through them, I feel the promise of continuity.
I continue my walk on the sunny side of the beach and my eyes are pulled towards the distant horizon
and I am reminded that there are always new possibilities in life
which become more apparent when I lift up my eyes
and take in the bigger picture.
Remembering the bigger picture of life gives me more freedom and opens up my limited vision.
Every detail of this scene speaks its silent wisdom to me
in every possible way.
I am happy to have seen and heard and understood nature's message.
When my heart is connected to nature,
I am connected to myself.