Quiet forest blog

Quiet blossom

It’s quiet outside in nature.

A hush fills the air.

Silence.  Peace.  The sweet aroma of wildflowers.

You begin to feel yourself relax, to quiet down, to breathe deeply.

Slowly now–slowly–come deeper into the forest, to a deep center of inner peace.

Quiet butterfly on quiet blossom

Feel your muscles relax.  Feel your breath slow.  Breathe in, breathe out. The woods feels so peaceful, so quiet. 

The tension of the day falls off you, drops easily into the stream winding through the spruce and poplar trees. 

Feel a sense of simplicity returning.  An easiness.  A lightness. 

Let all your worries and pains drift downstream in the water.  Let your hand gently stroke the wet stream.  Linger in the scent of wildflowers.

Quiet inner world of a spruce

Breathe in and out.  Watch your breath slow.  Feel your feet, your legs relaxing.  Feel the softness of your belly, the rise and fall of your chest.  Feel your arms hanging limp, the openness of your fingers. 

Close your eyes.  Sense the cares of the world falling away.

Hush of a buttercup

Feel the peace within you, the hush, the empty space. 

Perhaps you might even sense the forest within you–the trees and valleys and deer.  Perhaps you hear bird song coming from your heart.

Blessed quiet spreads out across your forehead, filling your ears.  You breathe deeply, at home within yourself.

Soft silence of the underside of garden columbine

Slowly you rise now, walking silently back to your life.  Feel yourself returning to your own home, your own computer, your own skin.  Don’t stop breathing deeply.

Bring the quiet into your own night, your own morning, your own day.  Share it with your loved ones.  Bring the forest of yourself into the cities and towns and neighborhoods. 

Share wildflowers with all you meet.

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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34 Responses to Quiet forest blog

  1. Elisa's Spot says:

    ahhhhh yes…

    tree place in a blog ty!

    • Kathy says:

      I know how much you love your tree place, Elisa. It has given you so much, hasn’t it? Hugs to you this fine forest morning…

  2. Barbara says:

    Kathy, you’re taking me back to childhood… I used to focus on things like the “quiet inner world of a spruce” and wonder about the mysteries of nature’s little details. Or lie down on the ground and look at little flowers eye to eye, or look up at them from underneath, and sense their energies. Children meditate all the time without even having a word for it. Thank you for this refreshing moment of clarity.

    • Kathy says:

      Barbara, that is so true! Children meditate all the time–and so do adults who are quiet walking through the woods or out in nature, simply aware. As we get older and “wiser” we tend to move away from the simple. It’s good to return, isn’t it?

  3. jeffstroud says:

    Ahhhh ! Thank you for the walking meditation. a beautiful walk and blog nice sweet photographs of the wild flowers that line the paths of mind and soul!

    I am Love, Jeff

    • Kathy says:

      Jeff, I know you enjoy your walks, too. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could walk quietly together some day? I am thinking how nice that would be to do with all the commenters here. Wouldn’t that be fun? Blessings, dear Jeff.

  4. fountainpen says:

    Kathy, I especially like the idea of a forest within my very self…
    I can take it and give it to others, as I go….or I can live from
    within it as I go…..that is quite profound, good friend!!!!!

    Fountainpen

    • Kathy says:

      Good morning, dear fountainpen! Isn’t that wonderful to think that we are filled with forest trees and waterfalls and wildflowers? We never need be apart from nature. 🙂

  5. Dawn says:

    Shhhhhhh…..it’s so quiet inside me that I can hear my heartbeat in my ears!

    • Kathy says:

      Dawn, I was wondering if everyone would be so relaxed they might be unable to type out a comment? LOL! Listening for that heartbeat now…

  6. Kathy – We returned home late last evening so I read your post this morning. It was like a morning meditation — lush and beautiful food for my heart, thank you. And the photos a feast for my eyes — my favorite one is “Quiet butterfly on quiet blossom.”

    • Kathy says:

      Laurie, glad to bring the forest into your morning, feeding your heart. Perhaps the butterfly will stay with you all day fluttering its wings inside you, sharing its beauty with the world.

  7. flandrumhill says:

    This morning while walking at sunrise we saw and heard a fox screaming. We couldn’t figure out what its problem was. The quiet background of the forest made its screams seem even more alarming. Nature is full of surprises.

    • Kathy says:

      Amy, in some ways I smiled to myself when writing this blog because the forest is often so noisy at this time of year. The squawking singing birds and the hoots and calls and mating rituals going on everywhere. Although we haven’t heard a fox screaming. Oh Amy, I would love to walk with you in the early Nova Scotia morning. But would we be quiet enough to hear the hush of nature humming all around us?

  8. kathusitalo says:

    I needed that!

  9. Jeannie says:

    What a way to carry the forest within you! Thanks Kathy. Love, Jeannie

  10. Hmmm. I am heading out to the garden already breathing deeply. Thank you Kath! Love, S

    • Kathy says:

      Suzi, hope you enjoyed your time in the garden. Hope it was absolutely precious and that you were–perhaps–able to harvest glorious green gifts from the open hand of the earth.

  11. Butterflies Galore would like to say the photo “Quiet butterfly on quiet blossom.” is awesome and just what was needed today.

    As I am being quiet today after experiancing my husbands total disregard for my voice and feelings. I am that quiet butterfly on that quiet blossom waiting for joy, paece and love to come back to where it should be
    I am also missing out on a graduation party tonight and a picnic tomorrow as well because of it. Sometimes you just have to prove to yourself that the world is worthwhile without others discounting your voice and feelings.

    Kim

    • Kathy says:

      Kim, how sad that your husband is disregarding your voice and feelings. Quiet and long hug and prayers that you will find ways to express yourself no matter what the outside world says. That you will find the strength to fly to whatever blossom you wish to experience. That you will remember the joy, peace and love that you are–no matter what anyone else says.

  12. Cindy Lou says:

    Breathe in, breathe out……the joyous simplicity of breathing in life and nature….that is what your words/photos brought to mind. My walk late yesterday afternoon had this sense of ‘just being’ that you’ve shared…..a forced, meditative walk due to a week long bad back. Sometimes it’s good to be forced to slow down, hey?

    • Kathy says:

      Cindy, we heard rumors (from Carla last night) of your bad back. It is good to slow down isn’t it? Don’t know about being forced to, though, although, gosh darn it, that does seem to happen… Hope you get better soon.

  13. Kim says:

    I’ll take your advice the next time I’m out with my camera on a walk!
    http://photo-salsa.com/blog/

  14. Robin says:

    This was a wonderful meditation. Thank you. 🙂

  15. truels says:

    You are right being in- nature – not least the forest – is for me a meditation when it’s best, it brings peace to my mind. Maybe more soldiers and politicians should do so….

    • Kathy says:

      What a good idea, truels! We must get all the soldiers and politicians to meditate. Just think what kind of place the world would be if we all found that inner place of peace and then extended it outward…

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