"Nature"...Latin: natura, "birth"

Thomas Cole, Georgia O'Keeffe, Ansel Adams, Leonardo da Vinci, Henri Rousseau, Mark Twain, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ravi Shankar, Henry David Thoreau, Mary Oliver, Jacques Cousteau, Emily Carr, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, John Denver, John James Audubon, Robert Smithson, John Muir, Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, Van Morrison, Theodore Roosevelt, Antonio Vivaldi, Julia "Butterfly" Hill, George Winston, Pearl Buck, John O'Donohue, Jane Goodall, Thich Nhat Hanh, Rachel Carson...the list is endless. The list of influential individuals, artists, writers, leaders,  whose work and remarkable lives were so powerfully impacted by Nature, by our earthly surroundings, by mountains, seas, rivers, forests, deserts, meadows. The ability and freedom to seek out inner harmony, replenish ourselves, rebalance busy lives in the peaceful solitude of any of these places is a great privilege of which I am always grateful. There is nothing more healing and nourishing than remaining frequently connected to Mother Earth's sanctuaries to retrieve strength from air, water, plants, trees and all the beauty they offer.  It can transform our minds, our souls, our love, our patience, our abilities, our compassion, our inspiration, our motivation, our potential.  I hope everyone is able to take some time soon and place yourself somewhere that speaks to you so you, too, can find perspective, guidance, creativity and deeper meaning.