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Altered sensations. Sunday March 26, 2017

I was reminded today of how much our senses overlap...

We tend to think of each of our senses as having mainly one purpose, yet how many of us look but don't see; listen but don't hear; touch but never feel? As I sat under a large laurel with the snow gently coming down I began playing with words to try and find a connection between nature and its multiple dimensions.

So as I opened my own heart I became aware that as the snowdrop fell on my cheek it became more than just a melting snow flake – it had real energy to it. For the short time it was with me it moved between landing as gently as a feather, through the wet of its melting state and onto the movement of it slipping down my cheek. Then I began to feel the warmth my clothes afforded my body even as my face became colder to the crisp morning air. There was a Robin sheltering just behind me and together we silently listened. The leaves around us began to droop under the weight of the snow and sighed gently as it slipped from them to the ground beneath. I became fascinated by what was unfolding before me and with that in mind wanted to try and share with you my thoughts on just how multifaceted the world we live in is.

I hope you enjoy a little journey through altered sensations…. ('enjoy the grass; watch it play' may seem a little bit of a stretch haha.)

Feel Nature Calling

Taste the rain upon your face
Smell the wind its sweet embrace
See the scent of webs of lace
And hear nature calling

Feel the cacophony of birds up high
Smell the trees and watch them sigh
Consider the rabbits in sun they lie
And hear nature calling

Embrace the trees and all they say
Listen to bulrush gently sway
Enjoy the grass; watch it play
And hear nature calling

Hold onto sand as it drifts
Engage the shadows as they slip
Dance with nothing as it sits
And hear nature calling

Quench the pain of hungered love
Grasp the kiss of one black dove
Play the dance of one last move
And hear nature calling

Caress the sun and all its rays
In your own adoring gaze
Feel the ice through the blaze
And hear nature calling

Drink the sounds of oceans deep
Watch the dance of restful sleep
Time to feast and drink in deep
The sound of nature calling

With very best wishes

A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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A View from the Far Side Sun, Mar 26th 2017 @ 7:41am

Rosemary, thank you for this blog. I love this poem. Thank you so much for sharing, today of all days when it's beautiful outside. I'm a firm believer in the power of nature. Have you heard of the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare? They have a programme called the NHS Forest, which is about greening the NHS estates in effect using the areas outside as an extra part of the health service to help people's physical and mental wellbeing. There's so much evidence that shows how being outside in nature is good for so many illnesses. If you'r interested in that kind of thing, a report was published called A Dose of Nature, which has collected all the evidence on this together. If you search within the NHS Forest website, you'll find a PDF of it.

Judy Sun, Mar 26th 2017 @ 8:45am

Thank you for this information..a view from the far side...I was reading Rosemary's words and saw your reply. I shall look up the NHS Forest website. I worked in the NHS for nearly forty years and wherever I worked tried to encourage improvement of our hospital/clinic environments with plants, flowers, pictures etc but I was often on my own in seeing the importance of these, both for patients and staff. As a community nurse later I was able to set up a small garden with the help of my colleagues at the clinic where we were based, visible to both patients and staff. We had plants and nice pictures in the rooms we used.

Rosemary Sun, Mar 26th 2017 @ 9:03pm

Thank you A View from the Far Side, glad you liked it. No I've never heard of that site but thanks so much for bringing it to my attention as it sounds just up my street :) I have always firmly believed in the power of healing through nature and animals and think it is a very under used resource... x

Judy Sun, Mar 26th 2017 @ 8:51am

Your words and poem are beautiful, Rosemary. Thank you for reminding us that it is all too easy to begin to take things for granted or let our appreciation of the natural world slip. Since I was a tiny child 'Nature' spoke to me and during the depressed times it has been my saviour, my comfort, my inspiration and a way into the 'outside' world. When I'm not depressed it is a constant source of wonder and joy. I am limited now in my life with fibromyalgia...constant cannot get out and about like I used to. I have a tiny garden which is my green and with all kinds of wildlife visiting, although I live in tne city centre. Take care and keep experiencing those altered sensations. ?????

Rosemary Sun, Mar 26th 2017 @ 9:13pm

Thank you Judy. You describe nature being your saviour through depressed times beautifully; I can so resonate with your words. I too often feel the need to 'hide in nature' to escape the world that can so often feel like it is closing in (& also enjoy it in it's full glory when I am in a brighter mood) It is sad that you can not get out as much now (although your little garden sounds like a tiny haven) but I wonder if this may help? When my parents were unable to get out in their beloved garden anymore I took a video walking around it and played it to them in doors. They were able to 'see' the flowers they had carefully tended and hear the birds as they sang in the trees - it sort of brought the outdoors inside for them. Perhaps there is someone who could video a virtual tour for you? You take care also x

Orangeblossom Sun, Mar 26th 2017 @ 10:24am

Thank you Rosemary. It's a lovely poem & I can fully echoed your feelings & ideas.

Rosemary Sun, Mar 26th 2017 @ 9:13pm

Thank you Orangeblossom :)

The Gardener Sun, Mar 26th 2017 @ 12:24pm

Thanks Rosemary - yesterday was foul - I said, this morning, a 'new' life - determined - act as normal as possible - then Mr g hit a new low - eldest son phoned for Mothering Sunday (different day in France) and Mr G shouted and screamed throughout because I was on the phone. Neighbour coming this afternoon so I can move some heavy pots with a youngster. The thought for the day very pertinent - since Friday my neighbours have been a band of administering angels

Rosemary Sun, Mar 26th 2017 @ 9:17pm

You are so welcome TG. I feel such a positive person coming out through your blogs but sometimes life just gets in the way doesn't it??? It can be draining especially when others are involved! ...and what's normal anyway ;) I hope you managed to move the pots and enjoyed the sunshine x

Leah Sun, Mar 26th 2017 @ 10:49pm

Thanks for your blog and poem. Nature can be soothing and healing but I think one must in be in the right frame of mind to accept its gifts and appreciate its power. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

Rosemary Mon, Mar 27th 2017 @ 11:05am

Yes Leah I understand you when you say about being in the right place but when my mood is low and I look at the garden with sadness because Mum and Dad won't see it anymore I find a space and let nature envelop me; the tears fall but once they stop I begin to appreciate what's around me again :) Take care x

Jane SG Mon, Mar 27th 2017 @ 7:27am

Hi Rosemary this is a lovely poem. I particularly like verse 5, a reminder to let go of things that maybe hurting us and to seize the moment. Thank you xx

Rosemary Mon, Mar 27th 2017 @ 11:10am

Thank you Jane SG. I'm glad you liked it and chuffed you saw my meanings behind the words, I love playing with words and although I mixed up the sensations there is meaning behind every verse. Best wishes x

Vicky Mon, Mar 27th 2017 @ 8:50am

Hi Rosemary, I really enjoyed reading your poem. Beautiful words & ideas. I get a lot of peace from nature too x

Rosemary Mon, Mar 27th 2017 @ 11:14am

Thank you Vicky. I feel humbled by the nature, it's so powerful in its gentleness. Take care x

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