Human. Nature.

Wow! Traditionally, this is not something you would hear from a Chicago resident in the middle of March, but I am loving the weather!

Sunny. Clear. Seventies.  WA-hooooooooooo! Bring it on, Mamita Naturaleza!

Honestly, I can’t get enough of it. And, from the looks of all the people in the parks, at the beaches, and on the running trails and the bike paths, I am not the only one. The urge to get outside is impossible to resist when Spring rolls around. The good weather seems to bring out so many of our good qualities.

We feel more sunny, like our optimism is programmed to follow the thermostat. We choose to engage with the screen of life rather than the one on our television or computer. And best of all, we actually take a moment to soak up the beauty that is all around us. It’s like our ability to appreciate what’s been there all along goes into full bloom when Spring rolls around.

And, just between you and me, I have a sneaking suspicion that there is something more than the cabin fever of being cooped up for the winter driving that impulse. Because truth be told, nature brings us back to life all the time, not just in Spring. I’m not talking about the busy, happy lives we make. But Life. The energy that beats at the core of who we are.

The human-nature connection speaks straight to the heart of our human nature.  Don’t ask me how, but the beauty that surrounds somehow has a way of connecting us to the beauty that’s within.

The calm. The expansive. The appreciative. The genuine.

I’ve heard it said that the only zen you find on a mountain top is the zen you bring. And I guess that’s true, but still … The majestic beauty of a mountain top… Or a sunset… Or a moonrise… These things awaken something in us.  Something that, in my opinion, lies dormant for entirely too much of our lives.

It awakens our ability to thrive. Nature is always thriving. And it’s always teaching us how to do the same.

Take, for example, the trees and how they show us that the more willing we are to root ourselves into what is solid in life, the more likely we are to weather even the toughest storms.

And the leaves, that remind us not to fight the tide of life’s turning seasons because like it or not, things change. And if you let it, change can bring out a beauty that’s been hidden deep within.

Even that which follows those beautiful changing leaves – the dreaded dead of winter – holds incredible wisdom for us. The reminder that at times, we have to shut down and go deep within to gather what we need to grow into the next phase of life.

When you look at it like that, how can nature not put a smile on your face, right? Ralph Waldo Emerson said,  “Earth laughs in flowers.”  I agree. I say perhaps it’s time we all learn to let a blade of grass get us high without having to smoke it.

© 2012 The Book Of Duh, Merry Carole Powers and Sarah Feit Cornett

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