We happen to arrive at these parts by accident. These heavenly flowers beside the watercourse reminds us of Ophelia in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Because of the gentle flow and the abundance of white flowers around, we can’t help but have such scenes flash in our heads.
We were initially trying to do the Bedelands Nature Reserve Circular Walk in Burgess Hill, West Sussex but because we weren’t particularly mindful of directions, have decided to just have a wander around. Upon reaching the far corner of the Nature Reserve, we should have turned right to follow the edge of the walk that runs parallel to the railway line, but instead, we crossed the railway and head on to the main road, walking down about 50m to the right where the next Public Bridleway can be spotted. Going up this seemingly private looking road, you will soon come up the Theobalds Historical Trail. From here, we just wandered around as long as there is a public footpath. Off we went until we reached what seems like a road from Ditchling to Haywards Heath. From here, we decided to keep left and start turning back, past houses and farms. We found a small path that loops back beside a stream, it then became a more prominent bridleway until it was in the woods. Once we’ve seen the familiar looking white flowers beside the stream, we knew we were back in familiar territory.
Nature, and/or being surrounded by nature supports our practice of mindfulness. We don;t do serious yoga/meditation or any of that New Age stuff but mindfulness seems to fit our lifestyle. It is very revitalising and refreshing to soak in nature. Sometimes when we are deep in the woods, we are reminded of the Japanese’ practice of forest bathing– where you soak in all the energies and sensuality the forest can give you.
Boardwalk inside the Bedelands Nature Reserve. You can imagine this is quite waterlogged during the rainy days.
Focusing on the small details of nature can give you an appreciation of life. That nature lives on, with or without you. The world will keep evolving despite it not satisfying your notions of perfection or not. Being at one with nature has alot of benefits, one of it is the melting away of your modern-age narcissistic tendencies. The world doesn’t revolve around you you know.