Posted on September 7th, 2016 by Dr. Andra Brosh

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I go down to the shore in the morning

and depending on the hour the waves

are rolling in or moving out, for sale

and I say, viagra 60mg oh, I am miserable,

what shall-

what should I do? And the sea says

in its lovely voice:

Excuse me, I have work to do.

~ Mary Oliver


I walk in the woods weekly, and I’m still in awe of what I find.

The trees, the birds, the fallen pinecones and fresh air amaze me as much today as they did a month ago.

When I walk my brain opens up like the sky above me, and everything seems possible.

Things feel limitless in the forest without any real explanation as to why. All I know is that I’m happy to be alive in those moments each week – something I cherish deeply.

When I walk in the woods I feel a little bit scared, but it’s invigorating. I’m learning to respect nature in a new way. Not because I should or even want to.

I respect nature’s boundaries, her generosity, and her knowledge.

When I’m walking in the forest I need to pay attention. I’m on alert, watching my step and listening at the same time.

I hear my own breath, the birds, the rustling in the dense and tangled landscape.

At first glance the branch on the trail looks like a snake makes my heart skip a beat, and stops me in my tracks.

I’m a guest (mostly uninvited) so I’m gracious and aware of how my presence effects everything.

The birds that take flight when I approach, and the deer that freeze and stare blankly ahead uncertain about my intentions remind me to proceed with caution.

All of this brings to mind the idea of a natural relationship. One that unfolds organically and over time. A relationship that is built on mutual trust, patience, respect and dependency.

I’m convinced that a human-nature relationship is the foundation for healthy human-human relationship.

If we could only approach both the natural environment and each other with the tenderness and understanding that’s needed for all of us to coexist peacefully and harmoniously.

It all begins with a walk in the woods.

 

September 7th, 2016

Posted In: Ecotherapy, Relationships, Wellbeing

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