Thank you for your words, about meditation and thought, all very helpful to me. I have tried meditation with a mantra in the past but not for a long time.
Today I walked amongst nature and the trees, and I do get a different feel from the trees, and I was wondering what a tree thinks or if they have thoughts. My sense when walking through the trees today and at other times is they are very still, and wise and old. I often am drawn to nature as I feel it reflects my inner state or where I may be at peace in myself if this makes sense.