Tag Archives: Spirit

Hummingbird dances

Hummingbird dances

I must confess, I have a split personality. I love the energy of both cities and countryside. I’m torn between two worlds…

Exciting big cities

Big cities are high energy and fast-paced. Sometimes nothing can beat that energetic high from exploring around a new one. I’ve been fortunate to visit some of the great cities of the world – San Francisco, Sydney, Auckland, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Quito, Vancouver, Toronto, … So many cities, so little time. There are many I’d still love to experience. Paris and Rome are two big ones on my list!

But, then comes the drain

However, as exciting as big cities can be when we have leisure time to discover the best of them, it can be extremely draining to live in one full-time. The subway system in Hong Kong is one of the best in the world, and fun to ride as a tourist. But I observed the residents carefully in the time I was there. People constantly sandwiched into crowded places, faces planted in their cell phones. There was little connecting with other people, smiling or even making eye contact. Everyone just seemed to be enduring their own personal grind, surrounded by soulless cement.

Be in tune with body messages

It is very important to be cognizant of the drain on our energy in cities. Sometimes it can be difficult or even impossible for city dwellers to escape to green space for a reprieve from the pollution, noise, and crowds. I realized about a year ago that the traffic noise near my house was constantly making me feel on edge. It was a low grade, incessant drain that at first was easy to block out. But there came a time when I realized it was slowly sucking the life energy out of me.

Find your piece of green, today

So as much as I hate moving (who doesn’t?), I bit the bullet and did it for my physical and mental health. My partner and I are now installed in a new neighborhood, which is a short 5-minute walk to green space with a large park and river. I head there frequently for my “nature medicine”, walks and bicycle rides to calm and feed my soul. I’m feeling in better balance these days. And never underestimate the power of even a little patch of nature to energize. There is also a luxuriant garden around the house. When I feel tired or discouraged, a quick step out the door brings me back to my calm center. And unfailingly, the little dance of our resident hummingbird brings joy to my soul.

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Such simple medicine, but so potent. There’s a great Time article about embracing nature as a mood booster. What Green Spaces Can Do to Your Mood is well worth the short read.

Will you fit in at least a small nature fix today? I urge you to do so…

When city voids me,
I flee to garden refuge.
Hummingbird dances.

unified vision

© Susan L Hart 2019
Photo of Hong Kong courtesy Andrew Haimerl, Pexels

A “new” Monet

How nature heals us

I’m a huge Monet fan, and although I have yet to visit the Musée d’Orsay in Paris (it’s on my list!), I am familiar with many of his works. So when I discovered this unknown one through a fellow admirer, I was both surprised and delighted. And, I was also struck by how it bears an uncanny resemblance to the feature photo on my Jan. 28th post, Healing power of nature in this moment”.

A “new” Monet (my art lover friends say yay!)

Even people who aren’t art lovers at all may recognize Monet’s most famous paintings, particularly his water lily series. His iconic work from the Impressionist period pervades our world. But for hardcore Monet lovers, a “new” Monet apparently is big news. My fellow Monet-loving friends on Facebook corroborated this. They were as delighted as me to discover a not-so-famous image on my wall this week. I am also a huge lover of trees and mellow autumn walks, so this may be my new favorite Monet!

Nature heals us

Nature heals. Trees are magical, and studies about the Japanese practice of forest bathing prove this scientifically. As a side note, Monet loved Japanese prints and collected many to adorn his home. His famous water lily paintings certainly reflect the same tranquility in nature that the Japanese fully embrace. The deep connections between things never fails to amaze me.

So please, drink in the beauty of Monet’s “The Undergrowth in the Forest of Saint-Germain” (c.1882) , and…

Imagine walking into this beautiful forest right now – luminous, intoxicating, luscious, almost surreal. You are caressed and loved by Nature herself. The magical power of Monet’s art and the Earth Mother have been laid right here at your feet.  Take a moment to feed your soul.

Monet, you continue
to inspire a sad world.
Beauty never tires.

Hart Haiku
© Susan L Hart 2019
Related poem: Gaia the Earth Goddess
Painting “The Undergrowth in the Forest of Saint-Germain” by Claude Monet.