To marvel is to be filled with wonder or astonishment. And it certainly doesn’t take much to experience the marvelousness of nature, even if it means just taking a few moments to notice what’s around you.
I’ve written a lot about taking walks in nature, and as I approach the halfway point of this self-care challenge I’m discovering that nature is a core component of my personal self-care strategy. I need to feel connected to the natural world to be my best and to feel my best.
While hiking one of my favorite trails over the weekend, I noticed a couple of red headed woodpeckers. They’re certainly no strangers to our neighborhood, as I often hear them pecking away, sometimes from a distance and sometimes right in front of me.
They’re so loud that I sometimes mistake them for a neighbor hammering away on a project, until I shift my gaze upward and find the culprit pecking away. Who would believe something so small could make such a racket!?
Seeing animals thrive in their natural habitat is such a treat for me. It makes me happy.
Marveling at the beauty of nature is one of the simplest acts of self-care that I can undertake. It helps me reconnect with myself and the environment, and it reminds me that it’s not all about me.