Recently, a friend who experienced a very traumatic loss, asked me:
"Why does being in nature feel so good?" I immediately replied, "because it's amazing!"
And it truly is. I wasn't surprised by her question, because it's how I felt after losing Isabel. But I am always surprised by how much of what I experience others grieving also experience. There is something about death and losing someone close, that makes you feel so connected to earth, and all its natural elements. All I ever really want to do is be outside, whatever the season, to explore, listen to the sounds, and feel the elements. There is a deep energy about nature that is so healing, it gives us a strong feeling of connection to life, death, and birth. It makes us feel whole and at peace with life. It's a crazy and beautiful thing.
Spring is an important time in life (and in my grief). It's about birth and growth, and everything begins to come alive again, even people. After losing Isabel, it seemed like spring would never come. It wasn't something I was intentionally looking forward to, until someone told me to wait for spring, and that it would bring so much hope, sunshine and beauty back into my life. And it did. I didn't realize how much it would mean to me, but it was everything. It brought much needed peace and energy. Most days, I remember spending all day outside, eating breakfast, lunch and dinner. It was beautiful, and I crave it again each year.
I've posted before about the beauty of simple things that surround us everyday, and how we should take a moment to appreciate them. But why death brings us closer to nature, will always be a wondrous delight. It's something I'm thankful for. Something I look forward to every year. Something that will never fail me. Something that is everlasting. And something that has effortless beauty.
The best things in life are free, a common phrase that really holds so much value. Nature is everywhere, and its benefits reach all of humanity. If you're lucky, and can afford it, you can travel to some pretty extraordinary places, like random waterfalls on a drive up the mountains in beautiful British Columbia.
Embrace spring for its ability to change you, and what nature brings in all its seasons. It really is a magical thing.
Peace & Love