Natural World: Be Glad With Me

MMFS has welcomed our first intern this spring, a second year student at the University of Minnesota. Isabella is helping us with the marketing side of things, mostly social media, and she’s been terrific. This week we asked her to write our ‘editorial’ section of the newsletter, she chose to reflect on one of our organizational values, the natural environment…enjoy!

We find peace in nature. Being immersed in our natural environment relieves us of our worries and reminds us to live in the moment and be grateful for a world that gives us life. To quote transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson, “In the presence of nature a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows. Nature says—he is my creature, and maugre all his impertinent griefs, he shall be glad with me.”   

Spending time outside by ourselves or with our loved ones has been shown to lower stress levels and increase overall happiness—just a quick walk in the woods can improve your attitude and change the way you react to the day’s events.  

As we can draw peace from nature, we can also find inspiration for our creative expressions. As spring draws closer and the snow begins to melt, try being intentional with the way you view the natural environment. Listen to the sounds of the birds and the water, feel the sunlight, notice the emerging green of spring plans. This mindfulness will release tension and inspire your artistic expression. Try something new! Paint, draw, dance, or photograph what you feel, see, and hear.  

One of our core values at Marine Mills Folk School is the restorative nature of the environment, and our responsibility to protect it.  When we are conscious of the impacts our actions have on nature, we find ourselves more appreciative of the love and light it provides us with. Mutual respect will ensure a life lived in harmony with our surroundings.