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Nature: Being in and observing nature is something that stimulates and refreshes our sense of well being. The beauty of nature is found all around us; a waterfall, a stream, lake or river, the ocean, the mountains, rolling hills, back yard gardens or a bouquet of flowers.  The smell of the tall pines and the sound of them rustling in the wind.

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily. I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves

and call out, “Stay awhile.”

The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,”  they say,

“and you too have come

into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled

with light, and to shine.”

~~ Mary Oliver ~~