December 29th, 2011
Infinite healing

“What is the value of preserving and strengthening this sense of awe and wonder, this recognition of something beyond the boundaries of human existence? Is the exploration of the natural world just a pleasant way to pass the golden hours of childhood or is there something deeper?

I am sure there is something much deeper, something lasting and significant. Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. Whatever the vexation or concerns of their personal lives, their thoughts can find paths that lead to inner contentment and to renewed excitement in living. Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature–the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.”

Rachel Carson, excerpted from “The Sense of Wonder”, 1956.
(found in, as usual, the Sun Magazine)

Jan 1 2012
12:37 pm
pRiyA writes:

I’ve been a long time blog reader and admirer of your writing. I came across a similar message to all that you advocate at Rima Staines blog especially in her latest powerful post and extraordinarily beautiful symbol. I’d like to share the link with you:

Jan 4 2012
1:38 pm
catbird writes:

Agreeing with the wise Ms. Carson about the healing power of nature’s “repeated refrains.” Watching the year turn is both peaceful and exhilarating. I can be soothed by the expected tides and daffodils while excited by the migrating birds and lightning flashes.

Jan 5 2012
3:35 am
Melany writes:

Truly moving. Thanks so much for sharing this : )

Jan 12 2012
7:51 pm
Sunny writes:

I discovered you today while I was looking through books at a local bookstore. I was inspired and felt awesomeness as I was viewing some of your books. They are amazing and so original that I felt I needed to search you on the internet. Now reading your inspirational writing I know I will become an admirer. Thank you for reminding me that natural does heal. I have lost site of this and need to become one with natural once again. You have come into my life when I need inspiration and guidance. I will be purchasing your books soon and the box set is an awesome idea

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