I’m in the third full day of my Wisconsin cabin retreat. I am happy to report that I am getting attuned to nature’s rhythms. Living and walking amidst the woods in northwest Wisconsin has naturally slowed my pace both mentally and physically. I find myself synchronizing with the absence of natural light by going to bed earlier. I’m even driving more slowly in order to honor the beauty of the scenery; it’s almost hypnotically calming to gaze at the fields of green and gold. (What other colors would they be in Packers territory?) I typically listen to sports talk shows in the car but turning the radio on in the midst of such splendor would seem too jarring.
The centerpiece of my retreat, which my hosts, John and Kristin Anderson, have so generously extended from four days to eleven, is hiking the Trego Nature Trail along the Namekagon River. I just completed the seventy-five-minute walk for the third consecutive day and look forward to walking it every day for the rest of my stay.
I make a point to stop on the trail every so often to gaze at the water rushing by. The river is teeming with life and purpose, as is the vegetation lining the riverbanks for as far as the eye can see.
In the world’s audience hall, the simple blade of grass sits on the same carpet with the sunbeams, and the stars of midnight.
Every reddish-gold leaf fluttering down, every loose branch crackling under my feet, every fallen tree has purpose.
Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow, grow.”
Thank you, John and Kristin, for a most wonderful gift!
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ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
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