A walk in the park and I thought, “Oh, yes!  That’s why they call it a park!” and “Oh, yes, That’s why they call it mindfulness!”

Where would we be without parks?  In a vacant lot?  Trying to walk leisurely over rocks and boulders?  Holding the breath passing filthy landfills, instead of breathing in fragrant lavender of a park garden?  As I strolled the park one early morning, taking in the green of the grass, the tall trunks of the trees, the beautiful colors and fragrance of the blossoming flowers, I realized not only why we have parks, I felt how important it is “to park” our mind.  That is to go to the park, to be in the park, to park and just be.  

The concept that comes to consciousness is “stop and smell the roses” (or any other flower that might be in your space).  

Mindfulness, I thought, is also be an opportunity “to park” - a time to stop, focus on breath and embrace awareness. In the still presence of my park experience came an insight and simple truth about the nature of mindfulness.  That is, you may be able to remember the scent of roses, however, you can only “smell the roses” when you stop to be present in the here, now, moment.

The intent, purpose, direction is forward as we create better balance on the path of progress and peace.

“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it,
will direct us aright.” – Henry David Thoreau

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