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Beautiful Moments: Enchanted Forest Edition

There is an enchanting beauty found along the simplest paths of life. Mostly this is a metaphor, but sometimes, if you are open enough, it is literal, too.

Last Sunday on an early-morning walk so cold that our fingertips were icy-cold bits of numbness, I had to dance and skip alongside Mel to keep from becoming too chilled.  Despite the cold, however, we walked for hours, and along the path we encountered some wondrous little surprises that enchanted us both.

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Mel admiring the view. Photo by Brandi Lust

 

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Why You Need to Touch (or Hug) a Tree Today

“You didn’t come into this world.
You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean.
You are not a stranger here.”

– Alan Watts, Shirin Yoku website

As I become aware of what actions, behaviors, habits and practices are life-giving for me, I find that I am drawn to spend more and more time in nature.  In the mornings, I feel compelled to breath deeply the air as I leave the house, open my window when I am commuting, slow down enough to bask in a moment of sunshine before I enter a building.

The more time I spend in world of nature, the richer my interactions become.  A sunset will fill me with a sense of emanating warmth.  Mornings of low-hanging fog over dewey grass will fuzzy my sense of here and there.  Soft blankets of grass will move me to visceral connection, my fingers (or toes) moving through the strands.

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