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Starting the Day in Nature

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

I've been enjoying having our breakfast on the porch with the hummingbirds, song birds, bees, etc... It's a very calming way to start the day. I brought my computer out here to get my sparkpeople fitness game on after doing some yoga on the wraparound porch.

The outdoor yoga videos I like best reminded me that I can do that right here! I don't have to travel or pay for it. It also reminded me to be thankful that I am able to do this physically (body) and physically (home).

I enjoy seeing the fruits of my labor as I have planted all the landscaping myself beginning mostly with starts/cuttings/propagation from other friend's gardens or nearly dead plants bought on sale. My gardens, like my fitness and health life are vibrant, beautiful, a testament to my faith and also--not perfect. There are bushes that need trimming and weeding that needs to always be done. I am trying to persevere and not let what still needs to be done to discourage me.

I remember reading about a group of people on sparkpeople who had a challenge to open their outside door as soon as they woke up and get some sunlight on their faces. The theory being that our eyes register the sunlight with waking up... that being outside in the sunlight, for even a few minutes, would connect them to nature and create happiness and calm at the start of the day. I believe it works.

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    234 days ago
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    I've always been a sunshine girl. I just love it. Your garden is amazingly beautiful!
    235 days ago
    I hope your inability to be in your garden is someday corrected. I'll start hiring young helpers when that day comes for me. Some things we have done with our parents is more hanging pots and porch planters as well as a waist-level strawberry bed. Don't know if you do vegetable gardening, but they have those upside down tomato plant containers now....
    235 days ago
    What a beautiful place! Glad you confirmed it wasn't yours. I will try the morning sun thing.

    237 days ago
    Unfortunately, this isn't my garden but a picture standing in for it. At the moment, I'm having picture difficulties with my phone. If you remove the white fence, it looks similar, haha.

    Point is, that being outside eating, relaxing, exercising in nature really boosts my mood. Does it yours?

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    238 days ago
    What a gorgeous garden!
    238 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Beautiful garden to say the least. Since my knees are shot this year, I wasn't able to get anything done in the garden. I agree. I always make a cup of tea and let the dogs out and just bask in the Lord's beauty and take in the fresh air. Seems to make a good start to the day.
    239 days ago
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