August 18 2007    "The truest measure of our heart is how we create love and hope in the hearts of the children." Kent Nerburn

August 19, 2007  Enjoyment, like praise, is one of the most beneficially healing and naturally occurring states, as children and beasts can teach us. Dr. Maria Jaodi
This morning I was rereading the quote from Dr. Maria Jaodi and I found the source or the article from which the quote was from. Here is an exert…."What kind of secrets exist in a state of wakefulness?  Rumi tells us:

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to
Kneel and kiss the ground. (4)

Enjoying nature is not just a weekend activity, or a one week family vacation.  It is a way of being and doing that pervades everyday life.  Enjoyment, like praise, is one of the most beneficially healing and naturally occurring states (again, children and beasts can teach us).  To bring such a state of creative seeing into our home and offices, schools and farms, would indeed change us from users into appreciators. " 

Colors: tuscany
I love nature. I realized as I was playing with images from an old journal that my favorite colors are pigments from the natural world. I marvel at the different colors of dirt. Justin, my youngest loves shapes and colors of rocks. Megan loves flowers especially snapdragons. Allison loves water and she would prefer to live at the beach.P1000224
 PJ now loves to play outside…skateboarding, snowboarding…As a child he loved animals and was always my child to find critters ( especially frogs and toads). With his vivid imagination he would  make them special habitats. The day I found a huge bullfrog in a square fish tank in the basement I convinced him that all frogs and toads needed to live in their natural environments outside. Our basement and garage were not natural habitats for these critters.

I have been blessed with the life that has allowed me to be a stay at home Mom and raise four children who love to be outside. Now if I could found a way to rent a villa in Tuscany for a month next summer….that would be the most amazing summer adventure.P1030158


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1 Response to Nature

  1. darlene says:

    that would be an amazing adventure … : )
    this whole post made me smile! xo

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