Being in the Natural World

The most amazing thing about our natural world is its ability to calm us. Wherever we are outside, there is nature. It is all around us. Even in the city, we have the sky, a potted plant, a single tree, a park. The more nature there is around us, I would say, the more powerful. The more oxygen there is the more trees there are, the more variance in color and sights there are in the natural world. 

I love cities, their bustle, their noise, their color. I think they are inspiring and notice I feed off the hustle and bustle of their energy. That said, I also feed off of the wild natural world. In these pandemic times, I haven’t been able to enjoy the city things that I would normally enjoy, like sitting in a coffee shop, going to an art museum, bars, restaurants, the people watching and interactions with people, so I’ve been trying to get outside into nature more, for something to do, but also as a way to sooth and calm the self. What do we do in nature? What interactions do we have with nature? How are we in place? In a natural place? What do we notice about that place? What is alive there with us?

Even if you are in a city or place where there is not a lot of nature, or if you’re not out in the wild like in the photo above, notice what is in the natural world around you. It may be a rose bush, an ant, a tree in a square of dirt with concrete around it. It may be grass in a park or it may be a mountain or a pond. It may be a duck or a crow, geese, pigeons. Wherever you are notice what is of the natural world there near you, around you. Be one with it or at least, be beside it. Notice you are a part of it and it is a part of you. Wonder about how.

Writing nature:

Today, I invite you to write about the nature around you. Simply- what do you notice? What do you see? What do you smell? What do you hear? 

And how are you a part of it? How do you interact with this place? What relationship do you have to the nature around you? If you look around and say, none, write that. What does that mean?

Thank you for writing with us today. Writing can be a great way for us to stay mentally stable and healthy, to sort out our thoughts and feelings, to help us be mindful of what’s going on in our present world, and to nourish our creative selves.

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Be well.

-Liza Wolff-Francis

Published by lizawolfffrancis

Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College who is proud to have served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival and a member of the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. She has an ekphrastic poem posted in Austin’s Blanton Art Museum by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage” and her work has most recently appeared in Steam Ticket, eMerge, Minute Magazine, Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Poetic Routes, Poetry Pacific, Edge, and on various blogs. She has a chapbook out called Language of Crossing (2015, Swimming with Elephant Publications), which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S. border. She loves breakfast food, popcorn and dark chocolate.

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