Mindful Living travel

Stop Stand Stare

Life moves pretty fast. If you dont stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it

One of the greatest things I love about travel is slowing down, looking around, observing and allowing time to control me. The interaction that comes with this experience is precious. Sometimes, there’s no conversation and often, none needed.

During a trip to Ranchi last year, I visited the Hundru Falls. Gorgeous place.

I spent three hours just taking in nature, listening to the waterfalls. The sound of the water cascading down from a great height is both mesmerizing and fascinating. I just sat there on a rock feeling totally at peace.

Take a deep breath and meet the moment. Stop stand stare #travel #inspiringquotes #mindfulness

 

Before setting back, a little stall with an interesting person offered a welcome green tea with lemon and honey. Feeling powered up after a well-spent 6 am to 9 am, it was time to head back.

On the way to the parking lot – it was an 800 step terrain and a most enjoyable trek (here’s where I met the girls mentioned in Girl Power), I once again stopped at the vantage point from which the falls were visible. For a last fifteen-minute look. The view from there is incredible – all kinds of trees, some lush, some bare, both beautiful, pebbles all over with water trickling or rushing through, and plenty of bird sound, though not many were visible. All blessed by the gentle sunlight shining down on them.

Finally I could linger no longer and reluctantly retraced my steps back to the car, when just off the track, I noticed a flash of red. Two children had come out to play.

Stop stand stare

It is always wonderful to watch children, and this occasion was no exception. I simply had to stop and look.

They were absolutely in harmony, enjoying the mud. Siblings.

Stop stand stare

The older kid, while keeping an eye on the little one, sat comfortably, sifting through the mud. Naturally, I had to get a closer look.

stop stand stare

She turned to look and her expression was priceless.

stop stand stare

In the meantime, the little one struggled to climb the step to the area where her sister played.

stop stand stare

So cute to see her wobble there before attempting to go.

stop stand stare

I loved that the older one did not help the younger one and patiently waited while she crawled, slid back, tried again, and again.

stop stand stare

….and finally made it – stood victoriously and shook the mud off her hands.

stop stand stare

They did notice me watching them but weren’t bothered about it. I was hoping to catch them smiling, but they were too busy with their own activity – raising mini dust storms and generally having a great time.

Of course, the older girl turned to look at me every once in a while.

stop stand stare

I confess I worried about all the mud they got on themselves and thought – oh, their woolens will have to be washed. Their mum would probably scold them. But probably also laugh it off. She would not stop them from enjoying their play, anyway and somehow I was sure about that.

What a pleasant experience to watch children do their thing.

How wonderful to stop, stand stare.

Life moves pretty fast. If you dont stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Life moves pretty fast. If you dont stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. So stop stand stare #inspiringquotes #travel #mindfulness

What are you doing about it?

Do you take time to stop stand and stare?

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7 Comments

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    Sanch @ Sanch Writes
    November 20, 2018 at 8:07 am

    I think being in nature is one of those moments where it is easy to stop and stare and just be. It’s one of the most soothing things ever. Having said that, I’m trying to do a bit of that even among people and crowds. Just watch, notice, observe and take in the little details
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    Shalzmojo
    November 20, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Stopping by and pausing to take in what life is showing you is something we all seemed to have forgotten. Travel is become all about running through an itinerary – I have been taking trips by myself to just stop and stare!

    Love this post Vidya and those two girls made for a lovely photo op!
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    Dev Joshi
    November 20, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Really nice & thanks for sharing

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    Shilpa Gupte
    November 20, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    It’s while in the midst of nature that I just stop myself, my thoughts and take it all in. And, that is the moment when I so wish Life came to a standstill, at least for some time! In our busy lives, rarely do we find time to stop and look at all the beauty around us. Oh, I do stop and stare at the full moon! 🙂 One of my fav sights!

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    Rajlakshmi
    November 21, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Awww how adorable they look in red woolen clothes. Loved the warmth in your post… The way you have described the falls and the life around you. Inspires me to take in the beauty of the world 😊
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    Rachna Parmar
    November 21, 2018 at 10:48 am

    I love to watch people and things. But like you said, I don’t do it often enough. It really is joyful and sort of liberating in a way. Must make a not to do it more. 🙂

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    prab
    November 23, 2018 at 5:36 am

    wonderful reminder, forgotten for a while and i should do that more often..

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