Inspiration short #20: Go into the woods

by Danielle Charles

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

 – William Shakespeare

I think we need to escape into the woods every now and again.   Something happens there on those light dappled paths with the breath of wind in the trees and sound of silence immersed beneath every stone that is not just helpful to but needed by our spirits.  It is a requirement for our sanity. We need it just the same as we need food or water.

We need not the studies that tell us being in nature improves our happiness, our health – adds a sensation of vibrancy to our lives. We know this. We need only make our way down that woodland path to know it.  The whispering of the wind lulls our minds and the streams carry away our troubles on their rippling currents. The shadows of the trees lift the weariness from our shoulders. And somewhere along the way, maybe in the way the light flickers upon a leaf or the call of jay echoing in the stillness,  we find ourselves again. We leave feeling as though all of the axis of our self and our spirit have re-aligned themselves. We find our way out of our heads and back into our hearts.

 So go out into the woods. Go there as often as you can.