Do you stop and smell the roses? Or watch for the unusual in busy city life? Recently in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, we had a beautiful sunny day which had to be savoured here in the rainy Pacific Northwest.
I was strolling through a parking lot near the airport and happened to look down at the base of a street light post, and saw these amazing mushrooms growing. What a rare find! These looked like something out of Alice in Wonderland.
It was extra lovely that they remained undisturbed and untouched by humankind. I discovered these are poisonous and are called ‘Amanita muscaria’.
It’s good to take time to notice what is around us, and discover the wonder in nature even within city life. Be curious and explore the world around you with new fresh eyes. Taking the time to give your full attention to the mushroom by studying it in detail is a form of mindful meditation.
Try this sometime outside in nature. Select something, like a single leaf, a trig from the ground, moss on a tree, a bird. Then study it without preconceptions; study it exactly as you experience it with your eyes, your hands, perhaps through smell. Notice the details, the texture, the colour, the smells. Open to the curiosities of something so seemingly basic yet so fascinating to study.