I wander out to the forest
Find a nice log to sit on
Plop myself down, face toward the sun, and close my eyes
With eyes closed I listen
The wind moving through the trees
The trees creaking and groaning
The squirrel chattering
The chickadees chanting
The bee buzzing
The crow’s flapping wings as it flies by
The coyote calling to its friends
“The tendency nowadays to wander in wilderness is delightful to see. Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.” —naturalist and author, John Muir
I was sifting through papers I’ve collected, throwing some away and pausing to reread other. One such paper I reread was about wilderness. Wilderness and wild places have had a profound impact on me. So, with the reread I decided it would be worth sharing.
Wilderness – The Importance of Wilderness to Spiritual and Mental Health
I set up my hammock at Ashley Lake and spent the night in a thunder storm. It was very loud and wet with lots of flashing lights.