The Peace of Wild Things

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For many people, being in nature can reduce stress and have a positive impact on mood and
mental health.

Knowing that it is spring and a time of regeneration…. it is difficult not to notice the green growth… birds… increased light, and other signs of life. Sometimes, just calling to mind a place in nature, where you previously experienced some joy and connection, can be enjoyable.

I would like to know what you are seeing today in nature or are remembering that gives you
some delight and inspiration. For now, I am sharing this poem with you –

“The Peace of Wild Things”
by Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.



Nancy Guilbeault -Director, CWC
Center for Wellness and Counseling