Finding happiness in nature
When I was young, a childhood friend told me that if I held a buttercup beneath my chin, and my chin glowed yellow, it meant that I liked butter. Now, I tried the buttercup experiment, and sure enough, my chin glowed yellow. It was such a silly little amusement, but I remember smiling to myself knowing that a simple flower could say so much about me. Of course the buttercup glowed a faint yellow beneath my chin because I was out in the sunlight and the manifestation of the bright gold color was only evident because of the sun's light.
There were a few lessons to be gained in the buttercup experiment: trust, was the first. I learned first that I had to trust that the buttercup would glow beneath my chin; and it did. The second lesson was that in nature, all things are possible. The third lesson was that the sun is a remarkable thing that not only brings us the warmth and light to give life to all the earth, but that it has the power to do miraculous things. I smile when I think about this because in my mind's eye, I can recreate the time and feeling of how a lowly buttercup was able to make me giggle and believe in something that I may not have before.
You can learn a lot from nature. Especially when you're sitting in the sunlight, standing beneath a shady oak, or just smelling lilacs as you stroll through a park. You'll find that happiness is all around you if you only open your eyes to it. Didn't you know that the wondrous part of nature is that it can bring to light some of life's most beautiful creations?
The best part is that you don't have to search very far to find happiness in nature. It's in the wind, the buzzing bees, the drifting clouds, and in the cricket's chirp. Happiness is, after all, a mirror image of the life that surrounds us. But it doesn't
just surround us; it's a part of us. That's the beauty of it. We are all interconnected to the glorious creation and wonder that we call the Universe. This great big expand of everything and all things, which is a reflection of who we are and why we exist. And it's the energetic flow of the Universe that bonds all of this life together. Isn't it amazing?
When you smile on one side of the world, it creates a positive ripple effect in the Universal flow of energy. Ever heard the phrase, "Smile and the world smiles with you; cry and you cry alone?" It's true. When you smile, your face lifts up, your eyes light up, and your insides feel all warm and gushy. When you frown, every thing comes to a screeching halt. That's the amazing power of happiness. To delight in happiness is to be at one with nature. And when you're at one with nature, you are at one with the Universal flow of energy. Yes, nature is in all things; smiles included.
If you can't seem to put a smile on your face, you can always go outside and pluck a buttercup. While holding a small hand mirror, place the buttercup beneath your chin. If it glows yellow, you like butter or maybe it'll just make you smile like it made me. J