Did I go to a big concert?
Did I attend a holiday party?
Did I purchase something expensive?
Did I travel somewhere exotic?
Did I achieve a great accomplishment?
Instead, I headed with my husband to a park nearby, and we gathered chestnuts.
It was nearing dusk; the kind of wintry gloaming where the air is moist with rain and the earth smells dank. We headed toward the river, to where a mighty chestnut stood. Scattered underneath were thousands of prickly green pods, burst open with their treasures: glossy brown chestnuts.
We gathered them up, and we experienced it fully: the slick feel of the chestnuts, the muddy ground, the trees in presence all around us, the sky faint and grey, the drizzle of the rain.
It was a nothing experience, really. The kind of thing a lot of people might find strange or odd or peculiar.
Yet I have found that these small moments open me into euphoria: these moments that take me out of self and into Self, where I find myself fully enraptured.
You can find and create these moments in your own life easily, as you create more space in your life, so that the season can find you.
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