I’ve been spending quite a bit of my time as of late harvesting grapes. Picking grapes occurs in a vineyard, which is (obviously) outdoors, so I’ve been hanging out with Mother Nature quite a bit.
I tend to spend a lot of time outside in general. I live and work on my family’s farm, and I also just really enjoy embracing the outdoors.
One of the people I’ve been working with picking grapes told me that they were feeling a bit under the weather. They told me that working outside significantly improved how they were feeling, and their comment really got me thinking about just how beneficial spending time outdoors is.
I’m not exactly sure what it is about nature that can be so soothing, and furthermore healing, but there’s some sort of unspoken force that exists in nature that seemingly has these capabilities. Perhaps it’s the fresh air, or even the vast feeling of openness that exists in an untouched landscape; whatever it is, I’m a firm believer that spending time outside can do a hell of a lot for both our bodies and minds.
Here a few quotes I found that depict what I’m attempting to get at regarding the power of nature.
“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” – Alice Walker
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” – Rachel Carson
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” – Henry David Thoreau
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir
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