May 1, 2011

Let Nature Recharge Your Creative Batteries

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive. ~Eleonora Duse

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~Lao Tzu

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. ~John Burroughs

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~John Muir

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. ~Rachel Carson

The woods were made for the hunters of dreams,

The brooks for the fishers of song;
~Sam Walter Foss

Yesterday I spent the morning at the local botanical garden, sketching and taking photos, visiting with other artists.  It was a good reminder that not everything in my life has be about business, I can take a break.  I didn't realize how burned out I was feeling until I spent an afternoon not worrying about things. 

Reminders to myself:

Take care of yourself - spend time in nature - walk - sleep well - eat good - laugh - spend time with loved ones - let go of a few worries - trust in bigger things - breath.


Heather said...

Beautiful photos. I am so glad you did that- I also spent a day two weeks ago and it has refreshed me immensely. I can't imagine how overwhelming being prepared for the bead shows is for you. You chose the best of medicines because nature not only heals it inspires. Spring is my favorite time of year because everything starts over- I can too.

Jenni said...

Beautiful photos and words Heather. I think we all need to 'move away' from studios, indoors etc and enjoy our world around us, nature is SO inspirational... and beautiful. Thanks for sharing your day with us.

TesoriTrovati said...

Can you bottle some of that peace and send it my way? Or maybe just stop the hands of time so that I could take a deep breath and suck it all in? All around me is a blur. Thank you for these gentle reminders.
Enjoy the day!

mairedodd said...

beautiful and necessary... i am so glad that you got some time 'off' that day... funny, how we fight the down time and yet it can invigorate us tremendously... providing inspiration and energy...

Charlene said...

What a beautiful post - nature does restore and center us and bring out our creativity.