Heart Caressed by Nature

Having written about my perceived; or actual wonders of Nature, there is always something that has not been noticed before.

Walking through an ancient building; Winchester Cathedral for example; it matters not how many times one visits this 1000-year-old icon and without actually seeking something previously unseen, suddenly an object or artifact ‘appears’ demanding closer scrutiny. Very special.

What does a 1000-year-old Cathedral got to do with our treasured, natural environment apart from the fantastic floral displays?

When walking around the countryside, every season presents something new; previously unnoticed.  It could be a small waterfall, which during Summer and Autumn, hidden by fauna, with just a gentle sound flowing down into a river,  its water foaming white. There are a small number of such waterfalls that grace the landscape and a pleasure to view for a few minutes.

Perhaps a large plain tree; a few hundred years old giant; a magnet to the enquiring eye during Winter and early Spring‎ where the gigantic trunk presents great crevices, deep into the bark; moss seemingly clinging on as if to keep the tree warm when the climate is cold. On a walk during the third week of March, I strolled past this tree as I have done so many times and was drawn to the majesty of its massive branches, bare of leaves reaching upwards and sideways as if extending a cautious welcome.

There is a gate close by to ensure the tame ‘English Cattle’ do not wander into a particular ‎area alongside the stream. The cattle are actually tame, one can walk up to them and receive a curious glance, stroke their noses but in no way are they frightened by a mere human! The need for space (not galactic outer space) and freedom from the confines of an office; every day being the same; perhaps a monotonous framework of structured routine; escape mode challenges the mind. ‎In a positive manner.

Being released into the countryside blessed with hills, streams, rivers fauna, and flora, birdsong, a splash of trout may be viewed as not really peaceful and quiet.

However overall peace and serenity that Nature offers those willing to be metaphorically carried away by wondrous scenery encompassing joyful sounds of the natural environment. Sounds carry the mind away to another level of consciousness in the realization that there is more to life than a desk and laptop.

Permitting the heart’s release, facilitating emancipation, following the heart,  being caressed by Nature’s empathy for those who acknowledge its glory. A gift to humankind.

‎Pushing aside a cloaked barrier where resistance can be subliminal and in some way trying to protect the individual from the unknown, or perhaps holding back the true identity of life itself.

Life is not a level pathway from birth, but an opportunity to be gathered and enhanced by unknown elements.

Awaking from a dream;  floating into another dream as the senses are transported to a stepping stone, reaching out to the Universe of freedom and inspiration. Stopping for a few moments further releasing the heart to ‎actually feel the enveloping calm and serenity.

A hill in the distance. St. Catherine’s Hill with a copse of trees atop its mount, calls the mind and heart to float upwards; glancing around witnessing ever-changing views; long grass, and a pathway to the summit itself. Standing at the center, a circle of trees at the same time encapturing the walker and also offering freedom to go beyond the fantasy and be enlivened by reality, envelopes such mastery of Nature’s prowess is seemingly creating an environment especially for humankind.

Creation, beauty, elegance, and awesome togetherness that Mother Nature spreads around landscape after landscape,  lent to humankind; perhaps as a caretaker. Can humankind be trusted with a wonderful creation that blesses us with such dramatic scenery; vistas of awesome magnitude?

When strolling beside an avenue of trees the senses are absorbed, the welcoming sky a greeting, the Universe awaits.

Stopping for a few moments;  or was it an infinity of time, where the natural elements take over thoughts, we stare and gaze at what we may take for granted. Ducks quaking swans majestic, reflections in a river, deep down into the center of the earth. Closing our eyes, magnifying the sounds of beauty, enhancing the senses; elevation to another height, floating freely, floating gently, viewing the meandering river from above; suddenly visualizing a strange phenomenon. Am I really floating high in the sky with a tree’s reflection; witnessing a land below, with greens fields to the left and other senses on the right. Imagination and a touch of fantasy are required to free the heart and mind to absorb this spectacle.

Looking at a river, many do not notice the depth in which reflections exist; almost infinity, because typically reflections do not acknowledge a river base. Walking beside the River Itchen (poet Keats favorite) I am totally absorbed by reflections that deliver a totally different perspective. Yes, a little imagination helps but on releasing an imprisoned mindset, suddenly, realization rests upon us, elevating the heart to a transformed view of reality…..or fantasy.

Describing the absolute joy and indeed respect for what is there for all to witness is a privilege. To spread thoughts, feelings and total empathy with Nature releases a heart that always desires freedom but requires a stimulus for elevation to the Universe of the natural environment.

When freedom of strolling beside river presents such an opportunity, grasp it with alacrity; join me in an imaginary walk that raises the spirits, frees the heart, and envelops the Universe of life itself.

Float high with clouds in the sky;  viewing an imaginary vista that possesses the ability to transform the human spirit to a level of paradise never thought possible.

A‎ view from above,‎ as if floating in an imaginary hot air balloon, glancing through misty branches, in reality, a river-tree reflection, in fantasy a spectacle released by a free heart, caressed by Nature’s beauty.


Simon Lever
Simon Lever
Prior to his retirement, Simon engaged in software and services sector search and recruitment for American companies around Europe. He has retained the enjoyment of engaging with people from other countries and cultures. His energies are now directed towards voluntary community activities, journaling, and exhibition stewardship. He is a Featured Contributor for BizCatalyst 360°. As an Exhibition Steward, at the 1000-year-old Winchester Cathedral, he is responsible for guiding visitors from the world over, around the award-winning 'Kings and Scribes Exhibition', which includes the 900-year-old Winchester Bible. The exhibition introduces visitors to Winchester's historical significance as a former capital of England. Simon's journaling activities are published on BizCatalyst 360° and accompanying posts on LinkedIn, He acknowledges the inspiration afforded him by Carol Campos of Massachusetts: Life Strategist, Writer, and Intuitive Business Leader who introduced him to writing with feeling; from the heart. Simon's forté is creative writing; the accent on the natural environment, transforming feelings, emotions, sights, sounds, and scents of Mother Nature's landscape; hills and rivers and woodland into words, transporting the reader to the locations. Essays include accounts of his life in former days. Instinctively writing in such a spontaneous manner, descriptions become life-like. His often emotionally charged writing, whether describing a surreal 'Son et Lumière' at the Grand Place in Brussels to experiences acquired during European business travel. Journaling and Exhibition Steward activities are his key sources of inspiration and creativity. Kindness is ever more important, where he is a promoter of Shelly Elsliger PPCC's 'Decide to be Kind' Campaign. Simon champions Positivity, Empathy, and Kindness and has been described as a 'Beacon of Positivity'.

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    • Dear Kimberly,

      Thank you fore your encouraging comments. Especially now you are in Costa Rica, you have a magnitude of scenery including the sea and more. And walking along the sand………as long as your take some footwear! There is beauty all around us if time to stop and stare. Thank you my friend.


  1. Dear Charlotte,
    I so very much appreciate your comments. There is indeed a distinct difference between naturally created sounds and those engineered to ‘sound’ like the real thing. I know one thing, you would be transported to another level of conscious awareness. The descriptions come alive even when sitting at home visualizing them. The scent of grass, sound of ripples, birdsong. Then atop St. Catherine’s Hill a new dimension. The copse of trees; feel as though you are there. The views are spectacular.
    Yes, 70% water. The moon drags the seas to and forming the tides……Kindness is indeed free.

    Thank you everso for taking the time to reply.


  2. A beautiful description, SImon. To have such nature available right outside your door must be a blessing.

    Reading about the soundscape, I was brought back to a science fair many years back. Not your normal school science fair; this was in the big hangar on Moffet Field and Steve Wozniak was one of the speakers.
    One of the booths examined sounds as they vibrated in water. Like when you throw a rock in a pond, ripples form when the energy from sounds enter the water. But the difference between natural sounds and man-made sounds were astounding. The sound of an engine – or even the artificially reduced sounds when electronic recorded music is compressed to not waste space on the part of sound the human ear can’t hear anyway – brought on the most hideous forms. This was in contrast to birdsong or a waterfall – or just a good old fashioned drum skin.
    As humans are 70% water, giving our bodies and brains time out – literally – where natural sounds can restore the vibrations in our cells seems like a good idea.

    Like kindness, it is free.

    • Dear Charlotte,

      You always amaze me with your descriptions. We seem to be either walking alongside the River Itchen or floating above its water. There is not substitute for real Nature. Humans are made of 70% water. Perhaps that is why the moon can have an effect as it does with the tides being drawn in and out of the land.
      Thank you Charlotte. Always appreciate your comments, my friend.