Life Pairing: Getting out into nature and finding calm and balance in nature. Walking a beach with your feet in the sand and listening to the waves or sitting in the forest by a stream; these are wonderful sources of peace. It’s what the kids these days are calling forest bathing & grounding & whatnot. A summer bonfire at the beach with a friend playing a guitar, your belly full of barbeque and wine, and a feeling that life is good.
Literary Pairings: “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’”― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” —Khalil Gibran, The Prophet
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” ― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
“A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full or wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantment of later year…the alienation from the sources of our strength.”
― Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder