I’ve rediscovered two things that bring rejeuvenation to my heart. And I’m drinking them in deeply.
I’ve been getting exercise by walking in a nearby park full of old trees and nimble squirrels. As I walk, I listen to music on my MP3 player, and soak in God’s creation as I sing praises. After just a couple of days, I realized that I was getting far more than the benefit of walking and worship. I was getting nature time.
There is something about nature that works healing in my soul. It doesn’t have to be Yellowstone to achieve this calming effect on my heart. The trees, birds, and blue sky that I see in the backyard are enough. In Last Child in the Woods Richard Louv talks about the healing quality of nature, and I’ve certainly seen it in my own life.
This week something on Twitter (of all places) reminded me that creative pursuits are also very healing for me. At this transitional time in my life, I really need all the healing and wholeness I can get. I believe that although God works that healing in my heart, I have a responsibility to put myself in the pathway of that healing as much as possible.
So I’ve given myself a two-part assignment:
- enjoy nature several times a week
- make something creative every week
What do you think about my apron pictured there? I took my sewing machine out of my mom’s attic, and repurposed a thrift store denim bustier (!) and a tablecloth into this colorful apron. I had so much fun designing the apron, fiddling with the cloth, trying it on and adjusting it. It just makes me happy to wear this in the kitchen and to think that I made it.
What activities refresh you? Do you make a deliberate effort to do those things when life is stressful?