Tag Archives: psychology

As a Stranger, Give It Welcome

The power of the suggestive is much greater than the statement of reality.
C.W. Mundy

 

And so it is that dappled sunlight reflected on a brook can touch you with a feeling of serenity that will re-visit you later, perhaps unexpectedly.  If this seems strange, then as a stranger give it welcome.

Matthaei Gardens, Michigan

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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

 

 

Glow at Day’s End

There midnight’s all a glimmer and the noon a purple glow
And evening full of the linnet’s wing.

W B Yeats, Lake Isle of Innisfree

There’s nothing quite as relaxing as a drive along a green belt road to take in a sunset mirrored on a local lake.

 

Friday Proverb: Not Provoked

The discretion of a person defers his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a provocation.
Proverbs 19:11

Apparently, Scripture anticipated social media by about 3,000 years.  One antidote to provocation is to drink in the serenity that Nature offers, as in the dappled light and subtle reflections captured along  this Michigan creek.

Fleming Creek, Michigan

 

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