I recently went for a walk in the woods with my friend as the sun was going down. As we climbed the rolling hill, we spotted two deer about 10 feet away. We stopped. They stopped. We shared a moment. There were no pictures. No attempts at contact. Just four creatures sharing space on earth.
We got to the top of the hill just as the sun was setting. The sky was a beautiful mix of purple and deep blue. From our vantage, you could see the city lights in the distance and the drone of cars on the interstate far below mimicked the sound of ocean waves.
Sometimes we talked, but mostly we just sat.
As it got darker, we moved further into the trees. We laid on a rock just looking up at the stars. We watched the branches dance. We watched the stars fight the city smog. We listened to the nothing.
We both agreed the nothing was the best part.
We went into the woods to get away. To experience a moment in nature. To experience a moment away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There were no expectations. We were not out to solve any problems or have any deep conversations.
We went out to experience life in this moment.
Maybe it was meditation. Maybe it wasn’t.
Maybe it was nothing.
Yet that nothing was everything.