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Nature’s Healing Balm

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“What a joy it is to feel the soft, springy earth under my feet once more,
to follow grassy roads that lead to ferny brooks
where I can bathe my fingers in a cataract of rippling notes,
or to clamber over a stone wall into green fields that
tumble and roll and climb in riotous gladness!”

~Helen Keller

 

 

When spring gets into full swing….where the flowers are coloring the landscape, and the warm breezes drift around me carrying intoxicating scents….I am calmed, I am rejuvenated, I am healed.

 

 

And it isn’t just in spring….it is anytime I am in nature really.  I have a strong need to be here where I can observe a special world that moves to its own slow rhythm and pace.  Being surrounded by the constant noise of machines and voices, the smell of exhaust from engines, the bright light of screens, and the endless push, push, push to get things done, I need a place to go where I can feel a healing balm descend on me body and soul.  Where I am reminded to breath slowly….to look and listen…to take in the world around me with every sense I can muster.

 

 

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But there are rules when I enter nature’s world….and these rules must be observed if we are to get any healing effect from it.  You must surrender to this world in silence….open up your eyes and ears.  Breath deep, and drink in every smell.  Feel the temperature, the air and light on your skin.  Be there in the moments that present themselves.  And for heaven’s sake, bring no electronics with you…well maybe a camera from time to time to capture a bit of it.  We cannot notice this special world when we are engaged in looking at a screen or talking to another person.  This is a world to enter alone.  To give ourselves to fully.

 

 

Recently, I have been keeping a digital journal of Moments of Fulfillment in my garden.  Moments I am beginning to write down in a journal and on my other blog, monthly.  The moments that bring light and lightness to my heart.  Where I feel at home, and at peace.  Let me show you a few of these moments that have been a healing balm for me this spring.

 

 

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When a sky, this color, presents itself, you must capture the moment in your mind as you sit and gaze on it….just by looking at its magnificence I am instantly calmed.  And the tears that well up in my eyes, at its miracle, match the raindrops still on the branches of the tree.

 

 

 

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Sitting on the Wall Garden, I can watch the first pollinators roll around in the crocus pollen…they are drunk and high with their first drink of spring.  And the high is catching.

 

 

 

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The tiniest of bulbs are now popping up all over the garden.  And because the landscape is so bare, you can’t help but notice them…..in blues…..

 

 

 

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And pale pinks….nestled in and among the new growth and spent debris of last year’s garden.  Hardly noticeable sometimes unless you stop and look closely.  Even getting down on hands and knees.  Sometimes I will even lay upon the earth and stare at their beauty.

 

 

 

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There are surprises around every corner.  A clump of dried grass is so much more upon closer inspection.  The thought of new life, or life that never came to be.  Pondering the mystery brings me solace.

 

 

 

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And visiting nature after a refreshing rain can bring its own special beauty.

 

 

 

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One of the most incredible sounds is the sweet song of the spring birds.  Calling to each other.   Whistling a tune.  They just seem so happy, that each time I hear their songs, I break into a smile that lights my heart.  For me there is no better healing balm than nature…whether in my own garden, or in a park across the street, or a nature center across town.

 

 

Where do you find solace and healing?

 

 

 

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Special Note:  The pictures here are of the recent early spring in my garden.

 

 

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I leave you with a few additional words the healing power of nature.  I welcome you to download this photo and share it.

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All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2016.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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14 Comments

  1. April 14, 2016    

    Nature is where I find heartbalm and solace too.
    And wonder…

    • April 14, 2016    

      Such a soothing place to be….definitely the wonder of nature is amazing!

  2. April 14, 2016    

    I have always loved being in nature…but it wasn’t until I fell in love with photography that I began to notice all the little reasons as to why…thank you!

    • April 14, 2016    

      I concur….once I started photographing nature, I saw and appreciated so much more!

  3. April 14, 2016    

    Beauty abounds here, Donna. Your images and words are cause for much awe. Thank you, for sharing your inspired self and your beautiful vision of the world with us.

    • April 14, 2016    

      My pleasure and thank you for such kind praise Hannah!

  4. April 14, 2016    

    Best places for me:my garden and the beach in winter when the wind and waves are both high.

    • April 15, 2016    

      Sounds heavenly Susan….I wish I was cloe to the ocean!

  5. April 15, 2016    

    Beautifully written Donna. A lovely meditation. I love to walk in natural surroundings — beach, forest, swamps (prettier here in Florida than the name sounds).

    • April 15, 2016    

      Thank you so much Sallie! I am sure it is amazing there where you are….enjoy nature’s solace!

  6. April 15, 2016    

    Spring has really and truly arrived, and it never fails to fill me with wonder. Such a joy to walk around the garden each day and see new green shoots emerging from the earth.

    • April 16, 2016    

      I have been drinking in the scents here and watching native wildflowers spring up….and the frogs have returned. Spring is here and I am so grateful for it….so glad it has found you and your garden too Jean!

  7. April 16, 2016    

    Ditto on nature. If I couldn’t take my walks and bike rides through the woods, I don’t know how I’d survive the brain fatigue and frustration. It is my calmness cure. Of course, walking the dogs can put a bit of frantic moments into the mix but at least the dogs also make me laugh and point things out to me that I otherwise wouldn’t notice. Their joy and enthusiasm are contagious. So I guess dogs bring solace and healing along with my horse too.

    • April 16, 2016    

      I agree Maery…animals are great solace!

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