Nature can empty our heads and give us peace of mind. Being in nature can be a meditative place. Yet, my thoughts are usually going a mile a minute, which sometimes is good to solve a few things. Most of the time it's repetitive and useless. I feel like I don’t take advantage of the usefulness of the moment. I like to apply as much as I can an exercise proposed by Eckart Tolle. It is to focus on one simple thing, like the sounds, the surrounding colors, the smells, or my breathing, just to get out of my head and to live in the moment, even if it is for brief moments at the time. Then, while walking in the wilderness of Idyllwild one day, where I go every weekend, I had an epiphany. Looking at Tee, as she was running around, sniffing, stopping in her tracks… one paw and tail up in the air, scrutinizing the horizon… She was right there, in every moment, being fully present with the environment. All I had to do was to mimic her. I looked at what Tee was looking at, and paid attention to what she was smelling. I was not in my head anymore. Tee was in the moment. And now I was as well. Tee is always in the moment. She's always out of her head. That’s Tee's teaching!
- Frank Bruynbroek