Simple Pleasures: Michelle’s Favorite Things

| April 3, 2012

Written By: Michelle, The Green-Mother

“The earth falls away
for emerging buds
in winter
warmth and wet
new beginnings nourished;
To push on
ever upward
soak in the warmth
and glory
until to become
Tulips in spring”

Poem Written By:

Maria Malone

April 3, 2012

I consider myself to be a simple country girl. I enjoy the small but meaningful things in life. I am not into fancy cars, nor do I own a trendy wardrobe. I tend to be driven, and attracted towards things that nature produces. Today, I am grateful for the tulip garden Peter planted for me a few years ago. It symbolizes many things for me. It helps me feel  in harmony with nature. and I am able to find inner peace while admiring it. It brings on many feelings of joy..

I have been waiting all winter for this. My tulips have finally started sprouting out from under the ground. This is a special time of the year for me. It means renewal of our souls, new beginnings, and of course, spring cleaning. All evidence of winter has vanished, and the buds on the trees are blooming everywhere. After a long winter of hibernating indoors, it is finally time to get myself outdoors and enjoy our flowers. I find myself happiest when I am outdoors, connected to Mother Earth. Spring is filled with promises, lazy days on the patio, and the laughter of our children.

Peter, my husband, has the green thumb around our place. He lovingly tends to our flowers, and makes sure they get the care that they need all summer long. I am guessing it is therapeutic for him. He takes care of them, and we both enjoy them together. It connects us both to nature, and it allows us to feel more connected to our beautiful planet. A few years ago, Peter purchased a little table, and installed it on our front porch. It directly faces my tulip garden. It is very calming, and soothing, to sit at our table and enjoy the scenery. This time is usually used to meditate, and count my many blessings.

  A recent research study conducted at the University Rochester demonstrated that people who spent more time outdoors close to nature reported feeling more mentally and physically invigorated. This supports my own personal theory as to why I feel most content when I am outdoors, as close to nature as possible.

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