Gratitude is the easiest yet single most powerful source of inspiration that any person can access, no matter their location, vocation, or financial situation. It’s very simple… pay attention to the beauty and miracle of life that is all around you. This attention will create abundance. And, as this Buddhist proverb says, “‘Enough’ is a feast”. Join us on Day six of Nature’s Gifts… a gratitude meditation.If you would like to skip down to our wildlife story click here.
Acknowledging the good you have in your life is the foundation for all abundance ~ Eckhart Tolle
My invitation to you, right now, is to come with me to the wildness of Africa, on a walk through an open clearing as the sun shines down and warms your skin. Just for a few moments, transport yourself from wherever you are right now and journey with me to a place where birdsong and the distant call of a lion will show you all the simple things there are to be grateful for. Let this mindfulness practice be something that you do for yourself today, something to regulate your nervous system, pump yourself full of dopamine and wire some new neural pathways (all things that meditation and gratitude practices are so good at doing).
Finding a quiet, comfortable space where you won’t be interrupted for the next 14 minutes is all you need to do to create some space for gratitude in your day today. And, if you love this one, be sure to try out some of our other mindfulness practices on our 7-day mindfulness challenge and 7-day animal wisdom challenge.
My soul honours your soul.
I honour the place in you where the entire universe resides.
I honor the light, the love, the truth, the beauty and the peace within you
Because it is also within me.
In sharing these things we are united.
We are the same.
We are one.
With large green wings,
she is graceful as she flies.
She carries marks upon her back,
like two feral eyes.
Antennas are like tiny ferns,
feathery and pale.
Her tail is like a swallow,
yet delicate and frail.
Watch her on a summer night,
while crickets sing a tune.
She flutters through the darkness,
by the light of the moon.
Enjoy her while you can,
you may only get a peek.
For sadly life is short for her,
she only lives a week.
Whilst you find yourself present and full of gratitude, it's the perfect time to bring out a little creativity with mindful colouring - download this here .
Lessons from the Wild – Ranger Matt Rochford
At Londolozi, I am fortunate enough to be in an incredibly stimulating environment, surrounded by nature night and day. An enormous expanse of unspoilt wilderness, never failing to satisfy my inherent child-like curiosity.
There’s no substitute for the value of being in tune with the bush, or for the experiences gained by spending time with animals and observing them in their natural state. The leopard, being particularly mysterious and elusive by nature, has often eluded me. This has urged me to look deeper into the secret life of these beautiful cats. I yearned for a more insightful understanding of my surroundings when out in the bush because I knew this would help me considerably when trying to find them. My focus became attempting to understand how the bush responded to the presence of a leopard. I shifted my attention from the leopard itself to observe everything around them. The behaviour of birds, the sounds of other animals, how the lie of the land and its features shaped their movements, where and how they move and why etc. I sought to turn what initially seemed like haphazard events unfolding around me, into patterns I could make sense of.
Through doing this, the most important thing I’ve learned from nature is that it speaks a wordless language. It taught me that you should let everything in the bush be your teacher. From the dwarf mongoose, the elephant, the monkey, to the fork-tailed drongo, the insects, to the faintest impression in the soil or a kinked blade of grass, all share snippets of a great story being told. But only those who are open to it and who are in tune with nature can receive it. A language whose words are intricately woven throughout the entire fabric of the wilderness. The more time I spend out here, the more intimately I get to know the bush and the more familiar I become with this language. Being in tune with nature is within itself its own special reward. It does however come with the benefit of helping you find one of the most beautiful animals in the world too – the leopard.