The peace of a million year's meditation
When listening recently to Carla Brennan's talk "Nothing To Do" in AudioDharma, I was moved by her remark on the particular atmosphere that nature provides. She said something like:
If you are coming late to a silent meditation retreat which has already been going on for a while, you feel that a "field" has been created by the people that immediately takes you into a deep state of concentration. If you go out into nature, it is like a meditation retreat that has been going on for a million of years.