‘Now open your eyes as if it was your first time,’ she said.
And the colors emerged, shapes and planes and movement
The whole world was electric and quivering and so was I…
In this body, the void is far, far away.
So far that sometimes we can’t even contemplate the journey towards emptiness,
to a place of pure imagination.
But we are here and we are quivering with life,
beating like all the other beings dancing around the circle.
The senses, they convey us into the world as if we are royals in a palanquin,
and emerging we witness reality
as if for the first time.
Written by Ben 'Crow' Page, Certified Forest Therapy Guide, council carrier and alternative educator based in Southern California. He is the founder of Shinrin Yoku LA, an organization dedicated to transformative nature therapy and contemplative practice in the wild. For more information or to schedule a walk, visit ShinrinyokuLA.com or email Crow at firstname.lastname@example.org.