I went for a car ride tonight by myself and remembered how glorious the sounds of summer nights can truly be. I rarely allow myself to soak in that concert of nature because I always have both the radio and the air conditioning blasting while driving. I’m also usually buried somewhere in my head about the week that was or the week to come.
But tonight I remembered the relaxation that can be gained by simply opening your ears to the symphonies that are played each and every night. One doesn’t need tickets, just a willing heart and an open mind.
Fond memories of my childhood came flooding back to me of peace, quiet and freedom from responsibilities. I recalled summer reading on the couch of stories that transported me to other lands, all with the summer backdrop in my ears from the open windows that reminded me of the coming morning’s complete freedom from responsibility.
Connecting with nature is a luxury we rarely allow ourselves to feel. But there is no cost and the dividends are extraordinary. Rather than anxiety brought on by my ears completely overwhelmed and bombarded with constant harsh, electronic stimuli, I am feeling complete and total peace, ready to calmly and clearly take on the week ahead.
Open a window and try it out, you’ll be glad you did.