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Rejuvenate | When city voids me, I flee to garden refuge ~ Hummingbird dances. | HartHaiku.com

Rejuvenate | With nature

As I take my daily walks along the river, framed by fragrant eucalyptus trees, I wonder what I would do without this escape hatch, my decompression chamber from the stresses of daily life. I feel in better balance when I return from my walks.

F. Scott Fitzgerald apparently said, “And after reading [Henry David] Thoreau, I felt how much I have lost by leaving nature out of my life.”

Yes, the famous essayist, poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau not only loved nature; he also believed it is an important part of our human experience here on Earth. Thoreau left us a rich legacy of works about life, freedom, and nature.

Here are just a few of my favorite Thoreau quotes about nature:

“I love Nature partly because she is not man, but a retreat from him. None of his institutions control or pervade her. There a different kind of right prevails. In her midst I can be glad with an entire gladness. If this world were all man, I could not stretch myself, I should lose all hope. He is constraint, she is freedom to me. He makes me wish for another world. She makes me content with this.”

“If a man walk in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.”

“He who hears the rippling of rivers in these degenerate days will not utterly despair.”

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

“Wildness is the preservation of the World.”

“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.”

“Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.”

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Quiet | No babel yammer, honk, clatter, clang clink clunk din, just blissful silence. | HartHaiku.com

Quiet | Hear yourself think

The world is a busy place. And it’s not just busy; it’s also very  NOISY. Many of us are caught up in the frenetic fray, by necessity, far too much for our health. And that translates to excessive exposure to noise.

A couple of years ago, I became aware of the low grade day-to-day stress effect that traffic noise in my neighborhood was having on me. I realized that I was feeling constantly on edge from it. I did some research, and was appalled at the myriad detrimental health effects that noise can have on us.

My partner and I took measures and moved to a quieter area of the city, and near a large park with a river where we can take exercise in nature. If that is not possible for you, but, you’re feeling the negative effects of noise, here’s an article with 5 great tips for carving out some quiet time for yourself, (and why you should): 5 Ways to Find Quiet in a Chaotic Day

And I have a little treat for you. Pause for just a moment, and walk into this tranquil scene. Ahh, sweet solitude and quiet. Can you feel it?

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Earth's Moods | Sky dons her mood face, sulking clouds mirror my mind, silent I reflect. | HartHaiku.com

Earth’s Moods | Nature therapy

For many years I have practiced daily walking outdoors. It is a meditative quiet time, where I relax and escape from my monkey mind cage.

Ideally immersing in nature is part of the walk. Daily walking requires a certain self-discipline, because realistically, every day does not offer “perfect weather”. (We all have our own definition of that – if we didn’t, people wouldn’t talk about the weather so much.)

I have walked in cold, rain, snow, gloom as much as I have enjoyed sunshine and bright shiny weather. And I have come to love all of it. Every day, and nature herself, has its own nuance and mood.

Here’s the thing: I love sunshine as much as the next person. And when we’re feeling down, it can be a real mood lifter. But depending on what I’m dealing with in my day, sunshine can feel like a good friend trying to jolly me out of my problems, rather than giving me space and really listening to me.

My observation over the years is that those moody, rainy, snowy, cloudy days also have their own merit for solitude and introspection. They are the perfect back drop to quiet my conscious mind. And there inevitably I find the space for the true answers to come through from my subconscious.

Rain or shine, nature is my therapy. I find the beauty, grace, quiet and solitude I need to transcend the rat race. I enjoy communing with nature, and feeling Earth’s every mood.

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Trill | Oh! Sweet trill refrain, feathered emissaries sing a song of heaven. | HartHaiku.com

Trill | Heavenly songs

As birds cam transcend the ground and fly towards the heavens, they have been revered in various cultures (particularly indigenous) as messengers between Deity and man. What a lovely thought! Feathered beings with wings of angels, speaking to us on this Earth.

I have written previously about the healing effects of forest bathing, but apparently research is showing the postive effects of bird song. For my part, I remember the way my spirit lifted in springtime at the first sound of the robin’s call. “They’re back!”, and my heart sang along with them.

Nature has a language that we understand when we empty our minds and enter a state of simply being. Our hearts assimilate the messages, and our souls delight in them.

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Trill | Heavenly songs © Susan L Hart 2019