We’re halfway through the challenge!
Congratulations on making it this far! If you haven’t been able to complete every challenge, it’s ok. Just join me whenever you can. I, myself, have fallen a day behind on writing, but I’ll catch up!
So Day 15 … What a lovely challenge! Maybe my favorite so far.
For most of my life, the ocean was my place to connect with nature. So beautiful, so powerful, so mysterious. It awed and inspired me. If I was having a bad day, I’d go down to the beach and watch the waves and run my fingers and toes through the sand and remember how insignificant my problems were in the scheme of the universe. The ocean gave me perspective.
But then I moved to the Sierra mountains. And that’s when I fell deeply in love with trees.
John Muir, who had a profound connection with the Sierras, wrote: “I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!”
I think that explains it. Representing both stability and freedom. Exuding life-giving energy. Trees rock. So, even though I live on an island surrounded by a gorgeous sea, I chose to sit with trees for this challenge.
I found a small forest and closed my eyes to listen to the language of the woods. Birds — at least three different kinds — calling back and forth. Bugs — more distracting than peaceful — scratching and buzzing around. A soft wind asking me to open my eyes and watch the leaves dance. And then, with eyes open, I studied the sunlight and admired how it plays beneath the forest’s canopy. Every part of my body smiled.
Henry David Thoreau said, “I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.” And I have to agree.
I’d love to hear how time in nature affects you.
Day 16: Write Down Your Happiest Memory
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