“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” —John Muir
Source: Thought for Today
This is a wonderful quote. It speaks to slowing down and being mindful of the world as we move through it. When I was teaching, I took a week or so to slow down.
When I was in Spokane, I found the walking I did benefited me, whether it was on campus or along the river which runs right next to the campus.
Nature helps me the space to be quiet. It took me back to other times, when I was a boy growing up in rural Alberta and after we married we lived in small towns in rural British Columbia.
I think, as we grow older, we find anchors that help us pay closer attention to the world, both the inner and outer ones as they continuously converse.