Nature Therapy

“The next time you feel sad, put away your devices and go and sit by a river. Let it heal you. Go and walk in the forest, the trees will listen. Let the elements hold you. This life is fleeting. Let us tread lightly, we do not own any of it.” ~~Author unknown

My friend, S.a. Tudhope allowed me to use her photo of a creek that flows into Lake Washington in Washington state, USA.

This would be a great place to sit and contemplate. Perhaps to write poetry. Or just to be. We don’t spend enough time just being with no pressure, nor rush, no expectations.

For me, any body of water will do, even though running water is better.

Snake Lake in autumn.

I love reflections in water. And leaves floating on water.

Any tree will do, whether it has leaves or not.

I love the grace and elegance of bare trees, stripped to the essence of their treeness. Come spring, I almost hate to see them leaf out.

What do you do when you’re cut of from woods and water, like I am now. Like so many of us are now. And how some of us are always. You find nature wherever you can.

I’m fortunate enough to have this view from my balcony. This is how I get my nature fix.

To those of us who live in its lap, Mt. Rainier (14,411 ft., 4,392m) is known at The Mountain, as if there were no other. We have many mountains in Washington state, but this is the biggest one. The Monarch. The symbol of our state. The one that’s most visible from urban areas for miles around. This view is from Tacoma, but people thirty miles (approx. 50km) to the north in Seattle can see it, as can people thirty miles to the south in our capital, Olympia can see it.

But sometimes, too often, The Mountain hides in the clouds.

Yes, there is a mountain back there. Not all the white stuff is clouds, some of it is snow.

Mountains, whether you are on their flanks or looking at them from a distance, are also great nature therapy.

For when The Mountain is completely hidden by clouds or just to have something green close by, I have plants on my tiny balcony.

Autumn fern. Its frond are not dying; they’re golden because that’s the nature of autumn ferns.

Sometimes you have to bring nature indoors.

Peperomia. House plants help keep indoor air clean. And help the housebound to enjoy nature.

4 thoughts on “Nature Therapy”

  1. What a wonderful, inspiring post! More, please. As you know, all nature speaks to me. In aspen and birch trees whispering secrets. In the roar of thunder and the flash of lightning. In growing and blooming things. In a quiet stream. murmuring its way to the sea. In scampering squirrels, raucous blue jays, bunnies nibbling in neighbors’ yards. Each shouts the wonder of Creation and brings me peace and joy.


    1. Thanks, Judy! I’m glad you love my photo essay. Peperomia are great plants; they come in a wide variety of sizes–generally pretty small. Mine grew into a two-foot giant. A variety of leaf shapes, too.

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