I’m used to walking fast like most Chicagoans and other people living in big cities. However, since I started practicing yoga, it encouraged me to slow down and try to connect to my inner self while on my yoga mat. 30 minutes of yoga a day is mostly the only time of the day I pay attention to my breaths, parts of my body, and my restless mind. Since the program began I’ve tried to bring that intention off the mat with me to every of my day in Spain. I started observing landscapes and small plants around me as if I were the size of an ant.
1.The world of giant jade plants
Views from high mountains are often so breathtaking that I normally neglect my surroundings such as types of plants. It wasn’t the case during my Montserrat hiking. Although I liked the beautiful views Montserrat offered, I enjoyed the hiking more by looking on both sides of my hiking trail. I got down to the small plants’ level. I observed it and the epic landscape through its angle. It was like a different world that lets my imagination grow.
2. The spotlight
Everything along the coast of Costa Brava looked small when I was out in the Mediterranean sea. The view was beautiful. But the small white houses on the land caught my eye. It seemed peaceful over there. I wanted to capture its charm against the light blue sky and the deep blue sea. It was easy to make those house look insignificant in photos. I looked around the boat and found a raindrop-shape-like subject. Through it, the scene was like a framed drawing. The spotlight was on the houses.
3. Thriving in the wild
Cactus rarely blooms. And yet, I saw many of them while hiking on the legendary Coastal Footpath of the Costa Brava. For some unknown reasons, I often get excited seeing cactus’s flowers. It’s probably because cacti don’t bloom until it’s mature. Sometimes the wait can be 30 years long. Those flowers reminded me of a couple I know that had made a promise of taking care of their cactus for it to bloom. But they didn’t get that far. So, for me, seeing cactus’s flowers is like witnessing a result of care and patience although I know no one waters and loves cacti in the wild.
4. The cat’s lesson
I had a cat as a little kid. No matter how many of people I have met don’t like cats for many reasons, I can only respond with a smile. It’s normal that people don’t understand what I have experienced growing up with my cat. Cats are particular about who they like and I don’t like just any cats. However, when they like someone, they are really sweet, caring, and loyal. So, a lot of times I’m ok with some cats not being friendly to me because I know they may have someone to focus their limited energy on. That is like how I give more time and energy to my loved and important ones.
I have become
I’ve become more aware of my mood and what my body wants by practicing paying more attention to small subjects around me. By doing so, I slow down when there is no need to hurry. I see things that I normally neglect or take for granted. I notice what bothers me. I let go of what no longer serves me as I move forward.