I have been feeling very introspective this last while, and craving the chance to be a hermit. It seems as though many of my spiritually connected friends are also feeling this desire – actually, more of a real need – for complete solitude, and a disconnect from the outer world. A yearning for time spent alone with our own thoughts, and to move, speak and listen in our own time and at our own pace. I suppose what we really want is to just slow down.Listen to the birds in the morning, and the peepers at night. Watch the branches of the trees sway in the breeze. See the sun rise and set, touching a different spot on the horizon each dawn and dusk. Observe the sights, sounds and smells of Nature as she takes in a deep breath, preparing to explode with new life at any moment. Allow the world to pass you by, as people rush to check off the next item on their to-do list. Detach from the frenzied chaos that is the modern lifestyle.Nature pays no mind to the ticking of the clock or the numbers on the calendar. She blossoms at precisely the moment when she feels the time is right. In this moment, follow Nature’s example, and slow down long enough to rekindle your lost connection with Life.Remember who you are ~ a beautiful member of the natural world.