Good morning everyone. It’s always so lovely when you drop by.
I’ve noticed that when I’m surrounded by nature, I feel better…instantly. The pine trees, large grassy areas and the lake always, always, always make me take a deep breath and let go of the stress. Lately, though, I’ve been wondering why that is.
I was watching an old TV series on Netflix the other day called Rectify. The main character, Daniel, is a guy who was wrongly accused and spent time in prison. When he gets out into the light of day, he struggles mightily with adjusting to life outside the bars. Daniel is an avid reader and he likes to quote his favourite authors.
In one episode, Daniel states, “Thomas Aquinas said, ‘God shows himself to us in nature’. Now, I’ve searched Thomas Aquinas quotes online for that particular one and could not find it anywhere. But I love it just the same! I think it speaks to why nature is so healing and leaves us feeling serene and calm. If God shows himself to us in nature, then it makes sense that we feel his serenity and his peace.
Please take care of yourself this week.