It was a breezy Spring day. Roaming around with my lover surrounded by trees, birds and fresh air. We had been walking for 30 minutes and I felt my heart beat begin to increase. We were headed to the water fall at the Botanical Gardens. It had pretty much become our backyard. Our favorite place within the entire garden. We walked, we climbed, we laughed and we embraced. The fresh air kissed our faces. By the time we made it, I felt a weight on my shoulders – A strange sense of heaviness… I was exhausted. It was about 10:30 in the morning and I hadn’t had any breakfast. It was obvious that my energy was depleted but I wasn’t fully aware of this. As I sat on the bench, admiring the water fall, observing the tree branches flow to the invisible waves of the wind, I couldn’t tell what was wrong with me!
After a few minutes of subtle discomfort, my partner handed me a peeled tangerine. As insignificant as this may seem, it was profound in many ways. As I began savoring a piece, the flavors bursted in my mouth and in my body (literally). My senses began to heighten and my vision became more clear -it was pure magic- Life was being given to me in that moment and I felt every ounce of it. As I ate more, I felt myself becoming more alive through my mind, body and spirit. It’s a feeling that was truly unexplainable, however it made sense in every way. In that moment, I understood a truth I had never grasped before. The divine connection. The feedback loop of giving and receiving. The ubiquitous duality that resides in all things. I understood nature in a way I never had before. I felt alive, connected and exactly where I was supposed to be in that moment within this expanding universe. The chirping birds sang as I listened. They fed my ears and soul. I reflected, and as I did, I felt like an animal, in its natural habitat. Before the city, before the artificial noise, before the destruction. This was my home. And in that moment, there was nothing more significant to me – I was left in awe – This was more than just a nourishing fruit, more than just visiting a waterfall. This was life, passion, purpose, joy and gratitude. I knew I was healing. Nature had kissed me with its Universal Intelligence and I was present to receive it.