Tag Archives: psychiatry

An Unexpected Gift on a Summer’s Day

Sometimes the most beautiful thing is precisely the one that comes unexpectedly and unearned, hence something given truly as a present

Anna Freud

And so it was with this little jewel of a lake, which suddenly appeared out of the woods as I was turning the corner on a country road.

Huron National Forest, MIchigan

 

 

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Shinrin Yoku in Michigan

Shinrin-yoku…

is a Japanese word meaning, literally, “forest bathing,” and it refers to the therapeutic effects of time spent in the woods.  We’re very familiar with this concept in MIchigan, though I  don’t think we have such a cool word for it.  These particular trees are in Hartwick Pines state park.  They’re old growth and by a happenstance  have never been logged.

Hartwick Pines, Michigan

WPC, Tour Guide: Mildly Intoxicating Feeling of Beauty

The enjoyment of beauty has a peculiar, mildly intoxicating quality of feeling. Beauty has no obvious use; nor is there any clear cultural necessity for it. Yet civilization could not do without it.

–Sigmund Freud

Nothing quite as serene as  a summer sunset over a local Michigan lake,  the sky lit by a golden glow and a stillness in the air.

Photo Challenge:  Tour Guide 

Newburgh Lake, Michigan

Newburgh Lake, Michigan