A Moment of Zen with a Cattle Egret
Some weeks are easier than others, and this wasn’t one of the easiest — but as the magnet on my fridge dictates, sometimes ya just have to pull on your big-girl panties and move on with it. During such times, I make it a point to run to Nature — it doesn’t matter if I’m visiting the wetlands, hiking up a frenzy, or simply planting in my little yard — anything to re-focus my attentions to something I thoroughly enjoy.
As the mind races, there’s no better place than a natural environment, one in which you can really ground yourself, breathe more freely, and just observe…. These walks have allowed my best walking meditations. And of course there are always the critters to remind you that life isn’t so serious, after all.
I don’t need the most elegant display to snap out of it, even if it’s temporary. This lone cattle egret was in the company of a group of ibis in our protected wetlands, who were busy grooming for the night ahead. Amid the flurry of their activity, there he sat, content in the setting sun. Thanks, little egret, for my much-needed moment of Zen….