Mother Nature, Heart, Rivers and Lake

There is much talk of the heart leading our lives where we follow our heart, our sixth sense;  instinct. Phrases such as ‘heart-felt’, ‘break my heart’, ‘from the bottom of my heart’ are much used; as though the heart plays a major rôle in our lives.

With Nature, the heart releases tangible emotions when an observer is moved by beautiful scenery, a riverside or lake; accompanying sounds and scents.

The natural environment; Nature at its best and most influential‎, tempts, motivates a walker to ‘engage’ with the scenery, reaching a state of awe and appreciation.

Naturally, it is personal perception, but walking beside a river or lake certainly connects with the heart; so much to observe.

When presented with the most beautiful scenery; a lake for example, where the surface is so calm, the heart becomes at one with peace and tranquillity offered by such a beautiful presence.

A lake surrounded by elegant fern trees seems to be a natural addition to an already wonderful scene. The ferns seemingly guard the waters with their stately presence. Such feelings and emotions are clearly heart-driven; an expanding influence upon an observer. Gentle vibes generated by such a scene.

The sight of a lake releases inner senses; calmness, serenity. In contrast, a waterfall or fast-flowing river ignites another level of consciousness; a dynamic, fast-flowing spectacle creates vibes that could launch a moon rocket!

There is little doubt that the heart plays an active rôle, influencing a level of emotional rapport‎. ‘Heartfelt’ being ‎an appropriate phrase.

While rivers flow; continuous movement and accompanying sounds, a lake are calm and serene. A lake offers such gentility and fragrant calming of heart and mind. A truly Divine creation.

Where waters meet the dryness of the river bank; perhaps a gentle flow; a subtle sound. Peaceful.

When one has visited a truly spectacular lake or a gently flowing river, during a quiet moment of reflection the mind wanders; thoughts of the beauty and spiritual experience; forever in the memory.

A lake can release an inner serenity; a level of synergy with Nature.‎ During such delightful thoughts, sights and sounds visit as if imagination becomes reality. One is transferred instantly, faster than the speed of light for there is no pause; heart and mind instantly standing at the lakeside. Sitting or standing, just a little distant from the purity of Divine nature, then suddenly you are ‘there’, at one with Nature. The feeling graces heart and mind as no other element can. A serene presence; an angel caresses senses as if calming to the heart

And now to close the eyes, enhancing all so far seen and witnessed. Trust your heart to connect with a surreal dimension guiding you along a magical pathway.

Seeing phenomena invisible with open eyes, but joyous when closed. Senses enhanced. Indeed, another dimension. A dream?  Awakening from a dream only to realize you were instantly transported to a faraway land, where the adored lake awaits.  A renewal of gratitude and imagination. Thus fantasy to the reality of heart and soul.

Does the heart manage the mind? Do we follow the purity of our instincts? A heart-felt almost subliminal presence.‎ A pause for thought, perhaps.

How connected is the heart to Mother Nature and the Universe? The heart conveys, facilitates emotion. Nature and the lake; emotion of delight in its purest form.

Nature’s beauty frees the heart as if opening arms in an embrace of pure love. The heart, a stepping stone to a Universe of light and freedom of senses.

Follow the heart; a true pathway offering an essence of creativity.  A dream that ignites a dimension of not only joy and ecstasy but of calm, serenity, and tranquillity. Such an atmosphere a lake can create. Absorb the magic feeling.

And so the heart returns to the lake; we follow with anticipation supreme to be greeted by a setting sun on the horizon; myriad colors blessing the senses.

Time to sleep, perchance to dream. Awakening to a sunrise proclaiming a new day as Mother Nature prepares herself to offer yet another day of wonder, enlightenment, and generosity.

Beside the lake, dreams come true.


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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  1. Many years back I was visiting l’Orangerie in Paris where Monet’s water lilies are on display. They are in a couple of oval rooms “down below” where the light is more dim that in the upper exhibition halls. In the middle of the rooms are seats, and I strongly encourage using them. They are in the right distance to experience “the middle distance”.
    Sit, let your eyes adjust to the light, and just be. Don’t focus on the paintings, just be. And suddenly you are in Monet’s garden.

    Your writing ” Sitting or standing, just a little distant from the purity of Divine nature, then suddenly you are ‘there’, at one with Nature. The feeling graces heart and mind as no other element can. A serene presence; an angel caresses senses as if calming to the heart” sent me back, Simon. To being, not doing.

    • Dear Charlotte,

      Thank you for your meaningful and delightful experience when visiting l’Orangerie in Paris. Your description brought to life and reality of Monet’s beautiful painting, where you discovered synergy and we’re transported through the garden door to bask in the beauty; Middle Distance part of but not looking at the painting. There artists which transform canvass into a true reality; scents, colors and emotional rapport. One of my favorite art galleries is The Wallace Collection in Manchester Square in London. Some paintings see to incorporate an invisible gateway only visible to those at once with Nature.
      Thank you, Charlotte. I do appreciate our synergy with the natural environment.