I often wonder, who was sitting here last? What kind of thoughts were going through their minds while looking at this view? Were they happy? Sad? Angry? Were they with someone they loved? Hated? How many tired souls sat on this very bench just to have a moment of silence & tranquility? Why do we as humans enjoy such views so much that we’ve built (almost) timeless bench? Why does our entire being feel calm and at peace when we adopt nature’s beauty?
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” – Albert Einstein
Coming across this quote had made me realize the answers to my questions. We are so connected with nature, with the universe, to the point where it changes our entire mental state once we embrace it (i.e. feeling calm when at the beach watching the waves dance back and forth, or simply letting a cool breeze take your worries away). Through this adventure of my connectedness with nature, I realized how passively I have been living; only focusing at what I had in hand.
It’s hard when you are trying to keep up with the demands of every day life, but embracing life, embracing the universe, embracing this natural beauty, had made me feel this wholeness that I’ve never felt before. It’s very fascinating to say the least!