Saturday, February 06, 2010

Peace, Clarity, Calmness

I'm generally not a big fan of snow. Surprisingly, I was excited at the prospect of a Nor'easter that was on target to hit my small town this weekend. I was yearning to be snowed in, to have the excuse to not go anywhere, a reason to tap into my inner hermit and just hibernate. Several inches of snow fell over night quietly covering my little world while I slept. There is something magical about a thick blanket of freshly fallen snow, the way it creates a stillness and softness.



Instead of going out to curse the snow for prohibiting me to get to one place or another, I was able to fully appreciate the simple beauty of Mother Nature's efforts. I took in the sight of evergreen branches sagging under the weight of the heavy, wet snow. I noticed the way the snow decorated the barren arms of the tree and lazily drifted against the brick wall across the street. I stood in the middle of the freshly covered street just breathing in the cold, crisp scent of winter.

 

There is a great feeling of solitude while taking it all in with only my dog for company. While I didn't go far, being out communing with the elements brought me a sense of peace and clarity, as it usually does. Being outside this morning helped put my senses back in order. My thought process slows down, my mind clears, and I slowly feel my weary spirit become fully restored. I stood in the middle of the street for several minutes, hugging myself against the cold. I simply closed my eyes, aware of nothing but the sound my own breathing, almost immediately feeling a penetrating calmness settle over my soul.



"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength  to the body and soul." ~John Muir

21 comments:

Kyla Roma said...

Snow can be a real hassle, but if you have no where to go it's amazing. I love how it dampens the sound in a place so you really feel like the world is less echoey and huge, and more small and cozy.

I'm glad you're centring yourself in the middle of all that beauty.

Leah said...

Ahh mindfulness, a beautiful thing.
Glad you were able to appreciate Mother Earth's power rather than curse it.

chickbug said...

I'm jealous! We go absolutely nothing in NYC and I LOVE snow. Happy you were able to enjoy it!

MeLaNiE said...

Awesome pictures!! If it snowed like that here, we would be shut down for weeks haha :)

Erin said...

Ohhh, your pictures are so pretty. I'm not a fan of snow when I have to drive in it, or walk through a slushy mess....but I love watching it snow when I'm all snuggled up at home.

fuchsiag said...

What beautiful photos! I hate the snow after Christmas, when it just sticks around for another few months making everything difficult - but when there's a fresh snowfall and everything is quiet, soft and white, and there's nowhere I need to be... it's beautiful. I feel like I'm in Narnia or something :)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I love those pictures - they are beautiful. And I totally know what you mean. Snow can be so peaceful. I really would not mind a huge snow storm. I'd love to be snowed in for a day or two, even if I had to work from home. It would be nice.

I love giving into my inner hermit... One of my favorite weekends in January was the one where I did not see anyone all weekend & just rested & knitted & read. It was so wonderful - I need another weekend like that to re-charge my battery!

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

I LOVE the snow. I think it's one of the most beautiful things ever. Sure, it can be a hassle and put a damper on plans. But snow weekends can definitely be a blessing in surprise too! Glad you had such a wonderful weekend :-)

Ashley said...

You've made me want to go for a walk in the snow. All the rain we've had here has covered the nearby mountains with snow. Maybe I should take a field trip.

Mandy said...

It's so easy to forget about the beauty in nature in the midst of day-to-day life. I'm glad you had a chance to appreciate it, and let it work it's magic on you.

Bayjb said...

Wow you guys did really get buried. We are supposed to get it tomorrow. I love watching it snow and being snowed in but commuting in it. SUCKS.

awmb said...

Snow makes everything more quiet and enjoyable. We don't really get snow in Vancouver, and I'm starting to really miss it. I'm glad you got to enjoy it!

jnyfritz said...

that is exactly what i do when it snows like that (are you sure you never lived in michigan?)

Pam said...

We don't get much snow here where I live now, but I grew up in a ski resort town and loved waking up to freshly fallen snow. I think standing in it, being quiet and taking deep breaths is the best kind of meditation.

By the way the rice and beans dish wasn't too spicy. I deseeded the jalapeno and removed the white vein so it's just adds a bit of heat and great flavor.

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

We are finally expecting snow here this week. And I cannot wait. Like you, it brings me this sense of calm that's irreplaceable.

wekeepsaying said...

beautiful. you're making me miss the snow, and i just moved out of it! the snow you're talking about though sounds lovely and welcoming, which i haven't had the pleasure of dealing with for a long while.

glad to see you're so at peace :)

Cate said...

I love it when you first wake up, the world is quiet, the snow is fresh. Very restorative, like seeing a rainbow.

Ally said...

Not sure where you live, but it was amazing in Maryland and NOVA. It was so much that no one could go anywhere -- those are the best storms! And now we are getting even more. It's crazyland.

amanda said...

ah, those trees look awesome covered in snow. snow is seriously grand when you have no where to be and can enjoy it from the comfort of your own house.

RebeccaC said...

Pretty pictures! Yesterday was like this for us. I was working from home and JiT took a snowday so after 5, we put on our snow gear to shovel the parking lot for our building, then crunched over to the park and made snow angels. It was so nice to actually enjoy it. Sometimes I get frustrated that the world seems to ignore snowdays and just go on with business as usual. Glad you were able to slow down and revel in it!

Katie said...

that's one of my favorite quotes! <3 Muir!

i've tried so many times to explain to my parents why i don't go to church -- i feel no real connection to a higher power in a stuffy building with florescent lights. but outside i feel an overwhelming sense of peace, and i feel protected by whatever god is out there. give in to the calming force of nature! :)

p.s. love the phrase "inner hermit." :) me too!