This morning I got up very early… now that Summer is almost here, as soon as the birds start to sing their favourite songs, my dog Woody also starts to bark his favourite song: LET’S GO OUT, WAKE UP! So, with one eye still closed and the other barely opened you are there trying to find a good excuse to get up so early. This morning I had the good excuse. The sky was blue, the Sun was shining over Enfield, and as soon as I opened the window I felt that fresh enjoyable breeze and thought: Ok, Woody, you win, lets go out! 🙂
So, there we were at 7am, walking along and enjoying the fresh summer breeze, surrounded by ‘the green’. The park looked so vast… it was all for ourselves. To my surprise hardly anyone was there, and the very few people you met along the way, were ‘happy people’, welcoming your presence with a smile and a cheerful ‘Good Morning!’… while our dogs did exactly the same thing with their wagging tails.
The smell of grass, still wet from the night time frost, the gentle fresh air caressing your skin while whispering into your ear to enjoy the present moment, the white patches of the Moon still visible ‘nel blue, dipinto di blue’. Everything was just perfect. Our senses really are an incredible tool to appreciate the moment to moment experience. And then you turn and take a look at your dog, and he is so happy to be there with you. Smelling, trotting, enjoying every single moment of it… Dogs truly are the best Meditation Teachers I have ever met. They are constantly present in the moment, with no thoughts, completely relying on their senses to get on with their lives and to get on with us human. This is probably why I love Dogs so much: they are incredible beings, teaching you to enjoy the Now, in happiness, with them.
I have never been a morning person… more of a night owl really… but this morning was magical and I really appreciated being there, with my best friend. And while we were heading back home, suddenly echoed into mind the Italian proverb that my husband constantly repeat to me when I complain about the too early morning routine: “Il mattino ha l’oro in bocca!”, which in english will probably be equal to say “The early bird catches the worm”. 🙂 But this morning I smiled and I was happy to hear it.
So, better to get used to this early morning routine, and get on with it… especially while we are aspiring to the country life style. I must admit though, there is nothing better than waking up and start your day surrounded by Nature, while enjoying your morning walk and appreciating to be part of this incredible world.