Hunting for Beauty

The measure of your life is the amount of beauty and happiness of which you are aware.      – Agnes Martin As I was rushing out the door today, I noticed my clematis had bloomed. It was in the shape of a heart. Sometimes I play a game with myself, looking for messages in nature … More Hunting for Beauty

Scented Escapes

In our bones we need the natural curves of hills, the scent of chapparal, the whisper of pines, the possibility of wildness. We require these patches of nature for our mental health and our spiritual resilience.  –  Richard Louv Yesterday I was getting that frazzled feeling you get when you’re thinking about everything that needs … More Scented Escapes

I’ve Tried Forest Bathing, and You Should Too

Are you picturing a big soaking tub in the woods – or dreaming about skinny dipping? Forest bathing isn’t as exotic as it sounds, but its health benefits are compelling. In 1982, Japanese scientists coined the term shinrin-yoku (which translates roughly to “bathing, showering or basking” in the forest) to promote a national health program. … More I’ve Tried Forest Bathing, and You Should Too