A weekend in nature does the body, and the mind, and the spirit good

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I spent an amazing weekend in Santa Cruz, CA at a workshop created and executed by my life coach, Lauralee Alben, through her Sea Change Design Institute (www.seachangedesign.com).  It was held at the campus of UC Santa Cruz at their Arboretum.  What an inspiring place!  We did several exerices that required we dig deep in our souls and our psyches, and wandering through the flora and fauna provided much needed healing.  I found peace and love within all the beauty.  My time there has convinced me I need to spend MUCH more time in nature letting it soothe my mind and spirit.  I found this poem about nature and I had to share it, along with some pictures from the Arboretum.  Now get out there and soak up some nature and experience its healing powers!

God the Artist by Angela Morgan

God, when you thought of a pine tree,
How did you think of a star?
How did you dream of the Milky Way
To guide us from afar.
How did you think of a clean brown pool
Where flecks of shadows are?

God, when you thought of a cobweb,
How did you think of dew?
How did you know a spider’s house
Had shingles bright and new?
How did you know the human folk
Would love them like they do?

God, when you patterned a bird song,
Flung on a silver string,
How did you know the ecstasy
That crystal call would bring?
How did you think of a bubbling throat
And a darling speckled wing?

God, when you chiseled a raindrop,
How did you think of a stem,
Bearing a lovely satin leaf
To hold the tiny gem?
How did you know a million drops
Would deck the morning’s hem?

Why did you mate the moonlit night
With the honeysuckle vines?
How did you know Madeira bloom
Distilled ecstatic wines?
How did you weave the velvet disk
Where tangled perfumes are?
God, when you thought of a pine tree,
How did you think of a star?

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