“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”
~ Mary Oliver
With the energies of renewal strong this week, my thoughts have turned to nature and the wonderful restorative effects that being in nature can have on our overall wellbeing.
Sometimes, the simplest way to soothe your soul is to spend a little time in nature – such as a walk along the river, a hike in the woods, a cleansing dip in the ocean, some time sitting on the grass or in the company of animal companions.
Nature has great power to heal and restore us. All we need to do is avail ourselves of that energy by spending a little time there.
Even in the midst of a city we can usually find a spot to hear the wind rustling the leaves of the trees, or feel the sunshine on our face.
Time spent in nature will fill you up, and give you peace. It will restore what is missing, and comfort what has become care-worn or broken.
You can be on your own, but surrounded by birds and flowers and trees. Or you can bring a book, a picnic, a friend…
Nature is also surprisingly transportable.
You can bring part of it home with you, where it can continue to soothe and uplift you.
Potted plants, fresh flowers, incense, essential oils – all of them can help you find or create a better space.
And of course there is always the joy of the Farmers’ Markets.
One of my favourite things about the healing power of Nature is that possibility of re-discovering our sense of wonder. And we all need a little more of that in our lives.
I hope you can find a little soul-restoring time for yourself this week.
Sending you a little sun, sky, stars, moon and nature-world magic, Nicole xx