With every walk in nature one receives more than he seeks. ~ John Muir
This summer has been challenging, with its days of endless heat and humidity. I have been suffering from summer cabin fever, rarely venturing from the house unless it is to an air conditioned venue. It is not so much the heat that I mind but I find the humidity to be intolerable. It was with great joy that I awoke to cool, dry morning last Saturday and, wanting to take advantage of the welcome respite, my husband and I took to the woods.
Keep close to nature's heart...and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. ~ John Muir
We are lucky to live in an area of Connecticut that has an abundance of state parks and hiking trails for us to enjoy, many located in what will be our future hometown. We decided to visit one we had not been to before and as soon as we stepped onto the trail we could feel ourselves exhale, opening our hearts and minds to the beauty and quiet surrounding us. Each muscle in my body released the tension it had been carrying; I could feel it flowing down and out into the earth, leaving me feeling renewed.
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~ John Muir
Have you ever noticed how your senses are heightened during a walk in the woods? I could hear the soft rustling of chipmunks scampering among the rocks and leaves and the steady song of the brook running alongside the trail. So many shades of green surrounded me; viridian, spring green, forest, lime and chartreuse, each having a calming effect on my soul. I found myself drawn to the texture of a stone wall, and the rough bark of old tree stumps. There was a scarcity of wild flowers, but the ones that I found enchanted me.
Oh, these vast, calm, measureless mountain days, days in whose light seems equally divine, opening a thousand windows to show us God. ~ John Muir
Whenever I need a break from the busyness of life or the swirling thoughts in my head I find a walk in nature brings me back to center. Even spending a few minutes in my backyard has a soothing effect, pressing pause on my day and allowing me to reset. There is no better medicine than immersing myself in the beauty of the earth.