March 28th, 2007
what the body knows

much better now. peppermint tea and lemon ginger cookies in the afternoon.
it’s the first moment of respite in a hectic week filled with deadlines, house renovation, taxes, and company. but i feel strangely rested and purged. i think mainly due to the fact spring has arrived and I can finally let a fresh breeze into the house. is it the spring that begs us to stop for a moment and see that everything is as it should be? at the root of my being i want to clean the winter dust off of everything, and purge my house of anything unnecesary.
how wonderful that our biological urges are still intact in this period of staring at screens all day. somewhere in the depths of our bodies the animal nature breathes and makes us want to go walk on the earth again after the thaw.
how is it that the smell of the earth is like a tonic that calms us into a calm state, even when we are surrounded by concrete and cars? the body knows more about what it needs than we do. it craves flowers and green and air that moves through the trees. it speaks to the trees and the trees speak back, but somewhere along the way we lost the ability to hear the language. but it’s there. i know it.
the average child is able to identify hundreds of corporate logos, yet incapable of naming the species of tree in their own backyard. Yet they still communicate with the tree even if they don’t know it. it must have something to do with the urge to build a house up in the branches, or build a fort in the roots.
just thinking about forts made me want to build one for myself. out of chairs and blankets. i want to hide a pile of books in there and sitting reading for the rest of the afternoon.
and listen to what the trees have to say.

Mar 28 2007
1:43 pm
Sophie writes:

It’s nighttime on my side of the world. It has been a beautiful Spring day. Spring gives me so much energy!
Building a fort…sounds like a plan to me. I will built one now and read some more in a book I read so much about on your blog: If you want to write by Brenda Ueland :)
Have a wonderful Spring afternoon!
Sophie

Mar 28 2007
2:19 pm
Amber writes:

I heard the trees today. They are doing a little springtime sigh and a little springtime dance and that springtime struggle to push push PushPushpushpushpush those buds out. They are holding very still and concentrating.

Mar 28 2007
2:22 pm
d.chedwick writes:

Cats just love blanket forts!

Mar 28 2007
2:51 pm
amanda writes:

a very beautiful post today. thank you. here, the windows are all open finally, and the birds are singing, and in the far distance I can see the beginnings of my little ones tree fort. I do believe that we all need one, regardless of our age. Cheers to tree forts!

Mar 28 2007
7:45 pm
Mae Jane writes:

what a wonderful idea, so nostalgic. i would always build huge forts in my back yard as a kid. i would set it up like a room and hide things in it. :)

Mar 28 2007
10:11 pm
Kate Shuttleworth writes:

A clean, cleanse or change is as good as a holiday

Mar 28 2007
11:07 pm
littlepurplecow writes:

I was so busy pull weeds from the new spurts of grass, that I nearly missed the bloom of our first rose. There is something magical about the birth of spring.

Mar 29 2007
12:53 am
Kymberlee della Luce writes:

ahhhh…yes! I have been LOVING spring here in Seattle and have that same feeling. The air at our local pond smelled sweet this morning like a child’s breath. It’s sublime, isn’t it?
As for naming things, I have never really understood it. I CAN name many plants because I’ve gardened for so long but honestly, I would rather know what they call themselves. I don’t really like the naming much. The members of the Plant, Animal and Mineral kingdoms (and queendoms) are old friends to me, not something to look up in the a book with a long, Latin name. It’s the whisper of the scent dancing on the breeze that matters. At least to me.
Thank you for writing this. I’m so happy that you are enjoying our old friend, Spring. :-)

Mar 29 2007
3:47 am
Friederike! & Sandra writes:

you have spring in your heart… always refreshes me to read your blog. Thank you!

Mar 29 2007
3:47 am
Friederike! & Sandra writes:

you have spring in your heart… always refreshes me to read your blog. Thank you!

Mar 29 2007
9:34 am
Lisa writes:

I think I’ll make a fort tomorrow in my bedroom from pillows and sheets and fluffy doonas. And perhaps I’ll never take it down and always have a cosy place to visit. Ahh, that sounds like a plan…

Mar 29 2007
11:11 am
Sheila writes:

I’m just whispering yes, yes, yes to myself while reading this. You take the words out of my mouth.

Mar 29 2007
11:39 am
amandacm writes:

hi. i just wanted to say.. i’m going through a tough time (break-up with the person i thought would be my life partner) and i stumbled on your blog and i love it. thank you for all the hope and inspiration…

Mar 29 2007
2:40 pm
shirra writes:

thank you for sharing your thoughts! I agree with most everything except that i would say it is not the animal in me but my spirit (or soul). It is the soul that years for spring, and new life, that gets tired of the winter and yearns for green grass and summer breezes. that lifts at the sound of the leaves when rustling in the wind. My soul years to lie in the grass and smell the dirt again!

Mar 29 2007
5:31 pm
d.chedwick writes:

I fell asleep in my back garden, on the ground, in an almost fetal position with a cat curled up close to my heart. Good thing no neighbors could see into my garden–they may have thought I was dead. Sleeping on the ground is so soothing for me. the breeze /sun/earth induces sleep like nothing else.

Mar 29 2007
7:10 pm
Tori writes:

Keri-
I am inspired my yours words each time I read your blog. Spring shows me that life is such a tangible force. Thank you for putting this so beautifully into words.

Mar 29 2007
8:33 pm
Kim writes:

yep

Mar 30 2007
3:38 am
Amy writes:

Ah, yes, there is nothing like those first feelings of Spring in the air! It gives me such a renewed outlook on life and fills me with energy! I really enjoy your blog… very inspiring!

Mar 30 2007
7:45 am
a writes:

Amazazazazazing post!!! :)

Mar 30 2007
8:16 am
Mary Richmond writes:

nice post. i think i agree with the commenter who mentioned that naming might not be necessary. the world has a way of communicating with us, nature especially. maybe names are unimportant. it’s the ultimate anti branding….the problem is remembering to get outside, and especially to get our children outside. unfortunately, we have taken the ability to roam outdoors by themselves away from our children because of irrational fears the media has fed us. (do you know about 100 children are actually abducted each year in the whole country and that most of those abductions are by family members or people the child knows??? the media would have us believe leaving a child alone is dangerous…and they’ve made parents afraid)
nature is part of us and we are part of nature. we need nature. when you feel centered and alive after being outdoors you are tapping into the feelings of our ancestors….i’m so afraid we are stealing this from ourselves and our children with all our indoor, technological life….no wonder so many people seem ill or crazy, huh? sorry to go on–your post made me thoughtful ;-)

Mar 30 2007
8:25 am
keri Smith writes:

hi all,
i too would agree that naming is not necessary, (i am referring to naming in a scientific sense). i was using that example as a way of demonstrating that children have more of a relationship and dialogue with brands these days than the nature in their own backyard.
i like to give the trees my own names. (myrtle, jim, thaddeus).

Mar 30 2007
8:25 am
keri Smith writes:

hi all,
i too would agree that naming is not necessary, (i am referring to naming in a scientific sense). i was using that example as a way of demonstrating that children have more of a relationship and dialogue with brands these days than the nature in their own backyard.
i like to give the trees my own names. (myrtle, jim, thaddeus).

Mar 30 2007
8:56 am
candice writes:

I was lucky enough to have a stepfather who rescued me and my sister from a situation. I was a shy, frightened child and he was a quiet, hard-working man. He taught me all the important lessons of life. And he taught me the names of the trees. By age 10 I could identify trees by their bark, not just leaves. I went on to teach myself the names of the birds, plants, and stars. I was happiest when I was outside in the treehouse he built me. I feel sorry for my great-nieces and nephews whose play-world is confined to television, computers, Disney Princess dolls, and noisy plastic trucks.

Mar 30 2007
9:40 am
Kerri P writes:

true, true, true.
I have been cleaning out closets, and drawers, little by little, for a week…an urge I just could not suppress any longer in spite of having more pressing things to do. Each spring, as soon as the ground is dry enough and not too cold. I lay down on it. I cannot want to feel the earth anchored beneath my body, and look up at the heavens… getting a dog three years ago helped me to reconnect with nature. I had forgotten its therapeutic value.

Mar 30 2007
11:56 am
eb writes:

this post is so refreshing – also need that purge and cleansing – still quite cool in northern VT – but its coming… – about the names – there are so many – in different languages, qualities, aspects, senses – I am thinking of “Smila’s Sense of Snow” and all the different names for snow in northern climates – so many songs to celebrate the energetic extensions of ourselves spinning out into ever expanding circles of love.
so enjoy you and your work
eb.

Mar 30 2007
2:45 pm
A.E. Roman writes:

This is wonderful! Thank you.

Mar 31 2007
7:56 am
evden eve nakliyat writes:

very very nice information thanks..
realy nice blog.i will come every time here.thankss..
mr koyicu…

Mar 31 2007
9:02 am
delila writes:

Beautiful writing Keri!
Spring is a start of an new, it always will change us, even if we would not want to…
That is the course of life the divine energy which surrounds us.
Here is my nature related blog is you want to take a peek:
http://www.sepia-art-studio.typepad.com/naturalist

Mar 31 2007
10:01 pm
Deb G writes:

After a little gardening and a little reading while sitting in the sun, I took my first nap of the year on the porch swing today…. It’s a celebration of sorts.
Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your perspective on things keri. Thanks for sharing!

Apr 2 2007
9:13 am
Ilya Burkaltsev writes:

heard the trees today.

Apr 2 2007
3:27 pm
Ingmar writes:

unrelated to this post but noticing the layout of the text on your page/s. is it meant to all be on the left side? is the banner meant to go along the entire top of the page? i found that cranking my text size up to largest seems to help. what is your text size, etc. set at? or what screen settings would you recommend we view your site in? just wondering. it does look good with the text large like this. i remember natalie goldberg saying something about the size of paper (or screen) you’re writing on affecting what/how you write. anyway, have a good one!

Apr 2 2007
5:28 pm
Kelly writes:

Mmm…I love this entry.

Apr 3 2007
5:13 am
Kat writes:

found little baby catkins out on a tree in the dune conservation zone this morning…i wish people wouldn’t walk over the zone though :-(
http://feliciasullivan.com/?p=576
I think this is in line with journal wrecking/living out loud…i’m going to do it (as well as find some trees, my coastal town doesn’t seem to have many).

Apr 3 2007
9:25 am
hannah writes:

I love making forts, or dens as we call them, having 3 small children now is all the excuse I need, if we want to build one in the sitting room, or even better the garden, we just get a pile of blankets, rugs, clothes horses and chairs and go do it!!!

Apr 3 2007
3:56 pm
skya writes:

This post reminds of what I find so fascinating here- that its not just me that appreciates and understands keri’s perspective on things, I read everyones comments and imagine all different people with all different lives, all lying in their gardens or hidden in their dens, even if it is in their minds! I feel like I’ve been let into a secret club, its a very nice feeling.
I was feeling bit lost a few weeks ago, so I went to my favourite trees and they spoke to me- only here do I feel comfy saying that. They really did, and I’ve felt so calm ever since. But I do believe you have to learn how to listen too. But I think everyone here seems to know how to listen.
Thanks Keri


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