Where Love Lives – Under the sky, around a campfire, in the soil. #NatureIsCalling

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I’m boosting my creative juices? During May, I am participating in David Suzuki’s 30 X 30 Nature Challenge: 30 Minutes in Nature over the next 30 days. #NatureIsCalling

See my post: A Fun Challenge That Could Make You a Better Writer

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Why will this boost my creative juices? “A growing chorus of scientists and researchers agree: time spent in nature makes us happier, healthier and less stressed. It increases creativity and lowers risk of heart attacks. It even makes us nicer, more empathetic humans, with more meaningful relationships and increased community involvement.​”

Where Love Lives – Under the sky, around a campfire, in the soil.

Athabasca ^1982 3 days, nearly drowned-1I’ve been around. Sometimes feels like a hundred years. Been in many battles, mostly verbal, sometimes health related. Won and few, lost more. Life has tested me, nearly killed me a few times. There is one reason that I’ve not only survived, but thrived in spite of everything. Love.

No, not simply being loved by another human being, or loving another. It has been my love of being outdoors. That’s where love lives. It’s there, unscathed by pollution, untethered by society rules, and blissfully powerful. It’s there, offering healing in a continuous stream of uplifting energy, purifying and renewing. There is no risk that you might be turned away or rejected. The outdoors is always ready to receive you, immerse you in its beauty and loving energy.

skating partyThere is another aspect of the outdoors I learned as a child. It is almost impossible to feel negative or angry when connecting with nature. It’s like there’s a barrier that protects you, neutralizing harmful emotions and thoughts. During my childhood, our family was troubled by conflicts – except when we gathered around a campfire, trekked through a forest trail, or went swimming and skating, or worked in the fields.

It was magic.

J & Kim Sask River roasting spuds

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