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    Yesterday I was reminded of just how much spiritual nurturance I get from nature. Seeing the absolutely beautiful fall colors on the trees just leaves me in awe. I can sit for a long time just soaking it all in. As I sit here at my computer I can see one of my trees turning golden right outside my window and I just find it incredibly beautiful.

    Our backyard has lots of crunchy leaves and the whole thing feels very woodsy with several trees turning color and the camellias beginning to bloom. I love my backyard. I can sit back there and feel like I'm in the country instead of smack in the middle of a large urban city. I feel transformed. I imagine that's how many people feel at church. Nature is my church. It's my spiritual place.

    I get the same sense of joy from my pets. A sense of my spirit, or soul, being lifted and expanded, like a big balloon.

    Anyone else find their bliss in leaves?

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    I've always said I was raised by a grove of trees. Yes, they have nurtured my soul since I was little.

    All through my life, I have turned to nature for help and comfort.

    I love fall......but I have to admit, we have so many leaves to collect that it lessens my joy a bit. But in the end, it makes incredible mulch/compost.
    I'm with you Geila.........I get so much joy from nature.

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    I love our beautiful backyard and enjoy it with my husband and doggies. We have 3 big trees and sometimes I hate the leaves when we are picking them up)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacher Terry View Post
    I love our beautiful backyard and enjoy it with my husband and doggies. We have 3 big trees and sometimes I hate the leaves when we are picking them up)
    I have 3 red maples in my front yard and they look wonderful for a week or two each fall before the leaves drop. I mulch them in place and they just sort of disappear. Our back yard has about 30 mature trees of all sorts and the leaves are overwhelming. I think I'll be mulching back there till January, that's when I think Iris Lillies is right about trees.
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    When we lived in Wisconsin we just left them and it was fine. Now with astro-turf they have to go. The neighbor in front has a huge tree and all it's leaves blow into our yard and stop because we have a circular side porch that traps them. Alan, your backyard sounds beautiful but overwhelming.

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    I agree. Nature is, for me, more spiritual than any church could ever be.

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    I went to a Japanese garden recently, it was fantastic, calming, changing one's whole point of view. Really liking that aesthetic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geila View Post

    Anyone else find their bliss in leaves?
    I sure do! One of the best parts of my old house in NJ was being right next door to a park. It's funny, because my son who is now living there sent me a photo of the same park, which he was inspired to take because of its beauty, and I have so many of those photos. But more than that, I have so many memories of walking my dog through the park throughout the years, watching the trees bloom, then die over the four seasons. I know exactly what you mean about the joy and peace of being among trees. BTW, your yard must be beautiful! So nice to have a retreat right outside your door!

    I don't have a lt of trees in my yard here in VT, ironically, except for a gorgeous mature maple (and a few ashes), but I do have the lake, and I walk down to the dock and watch the water and the sun.

    Doctors in Scotland are allowed to prescribe nature to their patients. I think we should do the same here.
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    Forest bathing is recognized as part of wellness therapy. Just one site covers a whole collection of articles on the benefits.
    https://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/about/science
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    I agree with you all! I love getting out first thing in the morning for a walk and I miss it when I don't. I get to walk past fields and seeing the transitions through the seasons of planting, growing and harvesting... it's just wonderful seeing the changes.

    Nice thread! Thanks for starting it!
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