a weekend in the woods

 



A few shots from a weekend spent deep in the woods. I am constantly amazed by the clarity that comes from spending time in nature. As I put it on Instagram,  

"Sitting in silence is an art these days." This is something a dear friend said recently and it has stuck with me. These words ring true. I go to the woods, the lakes, the ocean, and the mountains because when I simply cease my striving and open my senses...I hear nothing. Silence. The soft shush of water to shore. The warble of a cardinal in a distant pine. The gentle, loving wind embracing the worshiping arms of the forest. Here, in these depths, the suffocating layers we've wrapped tightly around reality are stripped away, laying bare that which is true. I am grateful for the unraveling of the false. I am thankful that earth is as steadfast and encompassing as ever. Here, in this peace...I am. Simply am. With nothing else attached."

There is wisdom in the quiet wood; a wordless song. A path that leads to that which is real. A path carved through and within reality in its truest form; far from the noise, the clutter, the distractions. It's weekends like this last one that remind me of what is important. 

Do you gain clarity from spending time in nature? What is one outdoor place that brings you peace? The forest, the ocean or mountains? Please share your own personal journey below, friend. I would love to hear from you. 🙏💛🍂

Stay stoked,
Kate

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  1. I love "sitting in silence is a lost art." It's so true. I work as a horse trainer and we specialize in rehabilitating problem horses at my barn, being able to sit in silence and be truly present is a huge factor in helping establish connection and emotional regulation in horses - and humans! It's a skill that not many possess and it takes a long, long time to develop. I love how you put this, and I love the photos you shared as well - such beautiful fall scenery! It's snowing here already, haha.

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    1. That must be such a fascinating job. Horses have such a deep spiritual presence about them. I am so glad this post could resonate, and I so enjoyed hearing your own unique thoughts and insight, Emily!!

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  2. I love the forests. I also love tended natural spaces such as cultivated conservation lands where I can enjoy ponds and planted flowers, mowed fields, wildflowers and other wildness out in the distance. I have a deep connection with nature and find myself writing about it often, or it is just in my heart at times. It is nice see those gorgeous expressive fiery photos you’ve shared. The rest of the afternoon I’ve planned to spend with open windows, silently looking into the woods and trees and seeing any birds that might land here. Decided that before I read your post, how nice. :)

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    1. That sounds like such a peaceful, mindful afternoon. Thanks so much for sharing your own practice and journey with me. I loved hearing your thoughts on appreciating nature

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