Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Nature Nerd Wednesdays

Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays, your mid-week nature break to reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature. Take a deep breath and enjoy...
“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”
― John Burroughs,
Leaf and Tendril
Sunset at Snoqualmie Falls.  Lainey Piland photo
One of the amazing things about nature is the way it confronts us daily with indelible moments of beauty -- as brief and brilliant as a sunset or as sweet and shifting as a breeze perfumed with the fragrance of blooming flowers -- all the while challenging us to take notice. Do we appreciate and consciously register these "free surprises" or do we let them pass by without a thought?

Learning to tune in to the intricacies of the world around us, "the rewards of the simple life," creates a grounded feeling that can temporarily pause the fast-forward tempo of our lives. Trust me on this one: stop for awhile and give just one thing your singular focus. Observe a spider weaving its web, watch the stars appear one by one from the gathering darkness of the night sky or listen to a bird singing its little heart out in the early morning.  You'll feel as though you've spent an hour when in reality no more than ten minutes have passed; leaving you firmly rooted in the present moment and, in the words of John Burroughs: exhilarated... refreshed... thrilled.... elated!

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