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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Opening Our Senses to Beauty


Photograph: “Just a Glimpse” by P. Grodecki


In the past week, I received a very inspiring e-mail from a person who is very dear to me. I always enjoy reading e-mail from my friends and loved ones and messages such as this one bring a smile to my face and send me on a philosophical journey.

I have written before on the topic of noticing beauty, but feel that we can never tire of inspiring stories that exemplify the importance of staying in the moment and truly opening all our senses to the magnificence of the world around us. What is beauty? I suppose the answer to this question is unique for each of us. However, I think many of you may agree with me that in the midst of our busy lifestyles, it is often easy for us to miss the experience of something magical unless it is specifically pointed out to us. The following story emphasizes this point. In the busy rush hour commuter traffic, children were the only ones who were in awe of the musician. And as I have written before, on the topic of seeing our world through the eyes of children, the observation about children stopping to listen to the music and watch the musician can remind us of just what we could be missing when we allow our minds to be occupied by daily worries. While it may certainly be more important to us to be at work on time, by allowing ourselves to be present in the moment, we open our senses to inspiration and allow ourselves to become inspired. And one moment of inspiration can create magic that trails us throughout the entire day, everywhere we go, and in everything we do.

So, let’s remember to take a deep breath, open our eyes, our ears, our minds, and simply go with the flow of the moment, allowing ourselves to be inspired and, in turn, inspire others. And when we arrive at our morning appointments, we can continue to be present in the moment while allowing the beauty of the moment that has passed to infuse the ‘now’ with its magic, thus creating a domino effect. Live for the day and enjoy each moment, consciously appreciating all that surrounds us, allowing it to become us.

Affirmation: “I am open to seeing, hearing, feeling, and being beauty.”

Without further ado, here is the e-mail I received, which I would like to share with you.




Violinist in the Metro

From The Effective Club


A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule.


A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk.


A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.


No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.
Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats averaged $100.


Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of an social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

Life's Detours




Photograph: 'Exploring a New Road'



I would like to apologize for my prolonged absence. I have been silent for too long. With this month’s newsletter, I will explain my silence and turn a new leaf in my communication with you, the loyal readers of the Nature’s Secret Whispers newsletter.



Currently, I am undergoing a very positive transition in my life. This transition has influenced me in more ways than I could ever begin to describe. As I prepare to expand my role in this life and begin a new journey, I feel the effects of this transition physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. As with every journey, however positive, along the road, we face various challenges. And as the road rises up to meet us thanks to our positive outlook, we are also met with exciting opportunities that continue to present themselves. With the many thoughts and emotions that we experience with each step we take, we do not always remain completely focused on our major goal. It is easy to stray off the path. And sometimes, we simply need to take a break in order to re-evaluate the choices that we have made that run parallel to our one major goal. After all, as we work with a life-changing experience, it is important to continue working in harmony and introducing and matching our new goal to our original goals and ideas, provided that they continue to serve us with purpose. Such reflection and evaluation can only take place when we allow ourselves the time and space to sit quietly with the situation.



So, I took a detour. I confess I felt guilty for taking time off from my usual schedule, feeling that I had failed myself and many other people who had certain expectations of me. Moreover, I decided against calling this detour precisely what it was. I kept promising myself that I will return to my normal routine in a day, which turned into another day and then another day, followed by many more. As time went by, however, I realized that I was attempting to control my schedule while taking a break. Instead of allowing the new road to unfold before me and show me the path that I am meant to take, I was attempting to control the road and make it curve a certain way, against Nature. And then, I allowed myself to be carried along with the flow – a state at which I consider myself to be quite good but which somehow managed to slip through my fingers for a short while. Slowly, I remembered to trust in Nature and let go of fears and doubts to which I was holding on. I was in the moment, being carried along with the wave, not fighting Nature’s course. And the result is wonderfully regenerating and inspiring.



Here is what I learned from my experience of taking a detour to learn more about the path that I choose to walk, or the path that continues to choose me:



- Often, detours choose us. When our souls call for us to take some time out of our normal routines, it’s important to go with the flow. If we fight it, we only make the experience more challenging for us.



- Although in today’s world it may be difficult to take a break without imposing time restrictions on ourselves, we cannot tell Nature when to begin working Its magic and send some Divine inspiration our way. We need to ‘sit with it’ and truly let go, allowing the magic to become us, instead of attempting to control it.



- Let go of fears, guilt, and worries of ‘what if.’ In consciously deciding to take a break to re-evaluate our paths, it’s important to remain completely open to whatever may unfold before us. If we hold on to certain ideas about the next steps we wish to take, ignoring any other ideas that may surface before us, we impose limits on ourselves and, therefore, do not allow ourselves to truly explore and for our potential to ripen.



- Detours are a blessing. Each of us needs a chance to escape ‘reality’ as we know it and be one with our true selves. Embrace this time and remember that it’s okay to take a break, to try something different, and to then get back on the main highway, or take a smaller road less travelled. There is no right or wrong answer if we follow our intuition and let Nature guide us.



After my much-needed detour, I am back on the main highway, with a few changes that I felt guided to make in several areas of my life as I continue to work toward adapting to my new role and the wonderful responsibilities that go along with my new goal. Perhaps you have also recently (or not-so-recently) taken a detour to engage in re-evaluation and reflection. I would appreciate it if you would like to share the lessons that you have learned throughout your experience. Please feel free to leave a comment here, or send me an e-mail to katia@naturessecretwhispers.ca I look forward to hearing from you. If you are currently taking a detour from your usual routine, I hope you will allow the road to open before you and take time to observe the new scenery, embracing all that it has to offer. Enjoy the journey!




Affirmation: “I am open to new experiences and, with Love, embrace all that unfolds before me.”