The healing power of nature has been intriguing me of late. Solitary walks in the woods and on the beach were essential to my spiritual and emotional well being during my recent battle with cancer. I've starting thinking about all illness and stresses of modern life that would also respond to the healing salve of nature.
Lately, I have been really enjoying Terry Tempest Williams' newest book, The Hour of the Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks. In one chapter she speaks with an Iraq war veteran suffering from PTSD, who now volunteers for the National Park Service. "Came home pretty messed up...There was a lot going on with me, wild places can unwind the mind. You calm down a bit."
Here are a few lines from a poem she wrote:
Nature quiets the mind
by engaging with an intelligence
larger than are own.
Mindful of different ways of being
Our awareness as a species shifts--
We recognize the soul of the land as our own.
Picture: Enjoying the beauty of Dinosaur National Park