Becoming One With the Forests, Woodlands and Mother Nature During This Trying Season of Our Lives: My Impressions
Over the past month, I have banished myself into the woods by hiking two, sometimes three times a week in the more remote, secluded areas of the NW and NE corner of Connecticut. No one on the trails for hours on end. I have found these days truly restorative. A fleeting escape from the challenges we are all facing from this medical crisis.
During my hikes, all my senses have become more refined and alert. Yesterday, we were in the NW corner of my home state (CT) on a remote land trust. I came home feeling like my entire being was restored, my soul rejuvenated. Some of the moments where I felt truly immersed in Mother Nature's hands yesterday are highlighted below. I hope you can at some point, find the time to venture into the forests away from the crowds, and experience some of the things I now share with you. Some have coined it “forest bathing”. Whatever you call it, it is the best therapy anyone can ask for during these uncertain days of our lives! I call it becoming one with Mother Nature!
"Come to the woods, for here is rest." John Muir
Listening to the babbling brooks while hopping from stone to stone
The sound of the wind rustling through the pines
The mint colored greening of the forest floor
The sight of maples pushing red buds
The sounds of waterfalls and the rushing Housatonic River
The sound of crunchy fallen leaves on the trail
The feel of the bark of different kinds of trees
A Peregrine Falcon squealing over head circling the bald eagle
The sight of a bald eagle perched on the highest tree ready to fly over the Housatonic! Six foot wing span, totally blew me away! A magic moment indeed!
Views, vistas and overlooks of the surrounding valleys with the Housatonic River rushing below
The smell of the earth and the coming spring everywhere you turn around
Looking up into the forest canopies to blue bird skies and white puffy clounds
Feeling the green moss on the rocks as we climbed up steep inclines to the overlooks
A huge tree crashing to the forest floor, breaking the silence of the hike!
A blessing of a day. May you all stay strong and healthy. God Bless Everyone.
This too shall pass. CT/treehugger