Welcome to the Bella Grace / Grace Notes Blog Hop! I hope you’ll take some time, grab a cuppa, and relax into some musings straight from the heart and mind of, well, me! Settle in while I reveal what keeps my senses in balance in this high-speed world.
To have my senses put in order
The path winds through thick forests and over rocky paths before it gently opens to a green pool of water. At first glance, I feel the tension in my shoulders subside, and a long exhale releases all the stresses of the week from my body. I am here. I have reached the source of all my understanding at the edge of this water, where I have sat in contemplation too many times to count. It is the place where the greens of nature meet the soothing waters of the earth, and blend in perfect harmony to sing directly to my soul. My senses come alive here, and my heart is known.
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. — John Burroughs
This soothing pool of mountain waters knows all my secrets. When facing my worst troubles, I return here, like a child to its mother, and feel all the parts of me come back into balance. My senses are heightened and gently caressed by the cool air dancing off the creek flowing from the bluff. The bedrock where I take my seat is my foundation, firm and unmoved, while the trees provide a filtered canopy above to shelter me just enough to feel comfort, but allow enough healing light to gently drift downward and land softly on my skin.
I feel alive here, in this most natural surrounding, unobstructed by the outside world, unadulterated by modernity, unaltered by anything but the wind and water that call this place home. The bluff where I rest has not changed in thousands of years. The trees enveloping me have grown and transformed and been reborn in this same place for centuries. There is a stability here, a rhythm that is lost in the outside world. It is dependable, incredibly strong and yet exquisitely fragile.
When the noise of the world becomes too loud, I hear the woods calling. When the pressure to compete in the every day overwhelms, the cool waters beckon me closer. When the movements of my life are twisted and pushed into an unrecognizable identity, the bluffs know me by name, and the wind seems to whisper, “Rest now. You are safe here.”
It is here where I understand the full depth of the term Mother Earth. It is here, in the soft green of nature, where I come back to myself. A walk in these woods is the most powerful medicine I know, and a place where my senses come alive. Here, in the embrace of this uncluttered setting, all the noise of the outside world falls away and I hear only what is truly important.
To enter, add a comment below about how you find the beauty in everyday life. (Contest open to U.S. residents only. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 22, 2016. Winner will be selected by drawing, likely including the random choice of my trusty Schnauzers, George and Stella, who love everyone equally. Winner will be contacted by email.)