Wednesday, 20 April 2011

The Repeated Refrains of Nature

by Chiot's Run

There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.

- Rachel Carson (The Sense of Wonder)

In the spring I am deeply appreciative of the "repeated refrains of nature" as Rachel Carson calls them. When you live in a climate with long cold winters the assurance that spring will come eventually really keeps you going during those long dark days at the end of January.
When spring does come I find myself trying to take it all in, I don't want to miss a bloom, drop of rain or plant emerging from the ground. I find myself stealing any moment I can to get outside and enjoy the rebirth and regeneration that spring provides (not just for the garden but for the gardener as well).
Sometimes it's hard to step back from all the to-do's that come with the spring, but doing so is important. Being able to slow down and enjoy the season is very rejuvenating to the spirit and the mind. We can all use a little warmth of the sun on our backs, a little rain on our faces, and some cool green grass under our feet. Whether you live in a climate with four seasons or no seasons, taking time to notice the difference between them is very healing to the soul - it helps connect us with the earth!

What season are you experiencing in your area of world? What part of it do you enjoy most?

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