We’ve had more rain during this first week of March then we normally have for the entire month. I mean the kind where fish swim across the road and cars are floating instead of driving. Enough already!

Today, however, dawned with a beautiful pink and blue sky, no wind and warmer temperatures. I had to get out outside and what a joyous gift awaited me. It was a feast for the senses. I swear the air was perfumed with the earth coming alive. Birds were singing as if in celebration. As I walked and looked around, I saw pink cherry blossoms, flowering white tulip tree blossoms, daffodil’s saying “good morning” with their cheery yellow flowers. As I looked up, there were the spring green buds on the trees that in a few months will offer their cooling shade. It seemed to have happened overnight.

As I took deep, cleansing breaths, it just felt so good to be alive. I realized again how profoundly healing nature is.

It doesn’t matter if we live on a park-like estate, have a small yard, or a deck or patio, we can create our own version of an outdoor paradise and feel connected to the outdoors with all of its bounty and the healing power it gives to our mind, body, and spirit.

This week, I’m sharing with you some exquisite photos and quotes that I guarantee will lift your soul and remind you of nature’s constant renewal. They remind us, too, of how our lives are constantly being renewed as well. As the long winter turns into spring, we also get a new start.

So take a break, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, take a deep breath and let your mind enjoy a little journey as you view the photos and read the beautiful words. You’ll be glad you did!

“There’s something very important to me about having a kind of relationship, with plants and animals, that can be transacted wholly without language. The warmth of one’s body is a form of communication. The stroke of one’s hand is a means of communication. In the garden those forms are heightened. I have a tendency when I’m walking in the garden to brush the flowers as I go by, anticipating the fragrant eloquence of their response. I get a sense of reciprocity that is very comforting, consoling.” — Stanley Kunitz, The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden

“Gardening, as compared to lawn care, tutors us in nature’s ways, fostering an ethic of give-and-take with respect to the land. Gardens instruct us in the particularities of place … For if lawn mowing feels like copying the same sentence over and over, gardening is like writing out new ones, an infinitely variable process of invention and discovery. Gardens also teach the necessary if un-American lesson that nature and culture can be compromised, that there might be some middle ground between the lawn and the forest … The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.” — Michael Pollan, Second Nature

“One’s sense of one’s self as the center of one’s life, all life, dominates and we forget that, despite the striving, anguish, limitless sensations and desires, we will become the earth itself. A life feels so large and sprawly, so magnetic — it attracts people and objects to it — and when all is said and done, despite the flares of helplessness or angst, it feels sufficiently controlled: it is impossible to imagine ourselves reduced, anonymous, disconnected.” — Diane Ackerman, Cultivating Delight

“The earth and our own bodies, by casting shadows, seem to be the opposite of light. But if you have gazed up through the leaves of a tree at the sky, if you have watched the jeweled crests of waves, or held a shimmering fish in your hand, or lifted you palm against the sun and seen ruby light blazing through the flesh of your squeezed fingers, you know that matter is filled with fire. Matter IS fire, in slow motion … The resistant stuff we touch and walk on and eat, the resistant stuff we are, blood and bone, is not the opposite of light but light’s incarnation.” — Scott Russell Sanders, Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World

“The essential thing is not so much that children should grow up (although they must), as that grown-ups should not lose altogether the innocent sensual pleasures that we knew at our beginning. We should be able to find our way back to the bright discovery days of the world as it was perceived and known in childhood, when every day brought new things to experience and learn … There is nothing like a garden to stimulate and satisfy each and all of our senses.” — Allen Lacy, The Inviting Garden

“To tip a weed from the earth is satisfying. There is a pale, crackling sound heard in the head and felt in the hand as the tenderest root fibers break from their holdfasts; then a bright, cheery crunch as the clump itself gives way. I like the weightiness of the clump; I like the way the weight lightens as the soil, shaken out, beaten out, spatters its sustenance back to the ground. There is a fine sensation of murder.” — Sara Stein, My Weeds: A Gardener’s Botany

“Compared to gardeners, I think it is generally agreed that others understand very little about anything of consequence.” — Henry Mitchell, The Essential Earthman

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy

Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around

Images courtesy HOUZZ


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