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A CANADIAN EXPAT'S EXPERIENCES AND OBSERVATIONS LIVING IN THE WINDY CITY!

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It’s Saturday morning, my freshly poured large cup of java sits in front of me, and I am feeling quite relaxed this morning.  This past week wasn’t nearly as stressful as the previous few have been.  And here is one reason why this is so.

The above photo is that of a lovely little park just steps away from Lake Michigan in Evanston, IL.  I took this photo while on a walk simply to, ‘relax’ and to, ‘de-stress’.  And guess what? It worked!  I walked along the path of this calming park space while listening to the birds chirping, the wind blowing through the trees, and the sound of the fountains as they sprayed into the air.  Simple gestures which made the world of difference in my state of mind this past week.

This got me thinking about coping with stressful times/moments, and how we have access to either the real thing outdoors, or perhaps looking at photos or videos of nature brings a calming to our senses.  I really do believe this occurs because of our innate knowing that everything is connected, and that nature is as ‘real’ as it gets.  I think stress and worry, frustration are all human conditions; nature, however, does not experience these emotions, it simply, ‘is’.  If this is the case, then being in nature is surrounding ourselves with basic, unencumbered, stress-free environments.  When we tune into that atmosphere, our stress can melt away; it’s almost as if intuitively we begin to align with it because it feels, ‘right’.  It makes me wonder if we humans do ourselves a great disservice by allowing stress and fret to overcome us, while nature merely beckons for us to be reminded that it’s all surface stuff; it’s created in our minds and doesn’t have to be there.

I hope this makes some sense to you.  I wanted to share my observations of this past week while walking around this enjoyable area.  I am beginning to understand that our ‘real’ selves are part of nature, part of the basic, calm flow of energy, and that it is only by allowing the noise and chatter of worry and stress to be at the forefront of our minds that we become disconnected from the true part of ourselves.

Here’s to a re-connecting with nature and our ‘real’ selves!

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18 thoughts on “Saturday Serenity: It’s All About Nature!

  1. Such a tranquil scene, Cher. Have a pleasant weekend! 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Why thank you, Iris! You too! Love, Cher xo

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      1. Thanks Cher, will do! ❤

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  2. John says:

    Great thoughts Cher, I agree. The pond looks so inviting, like jump in.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Why thank you, John! Yes, I feel that way every time I stroll past it, and thinking, hhhmmm, why aren’t those ducks in the water? *LOL* Lots of ducks sitting on the grass quacking away! Cher xo

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      1. John says:

        I suspect the little quackers aren’t happy about another bitter winter approaching… 🤔😻

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        *LOL* I am sure they aren’t, John!!! Cher xo

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  3. yogaleigh says:

    I went to NU and came back and lived in Evanston for some years in my thirties — I’ve been gazing at lots of your photos and wondering if I was right that it seemed you either live in or spend a lot of time in Evanston so I’m glad to have a confirmation that I’m recognizing one of my favorite places. I spent a lot of hours walking by or hanging around in those lakeside parks (and NU used to have a wonderful space with trails that now appears to be mostly covered with buildings…)

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Oh did you? That is wonderful to hear! I think there might be a trail but I am not certain. I will try and find out for you! Cher xo

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      1. yogaleigh says:

        It was on the big landfill area with a lagoon. The last time I was back in there they’d covered most of the open space with buildings so the walking paths are probably gone or not much fun any more. (The landfill was created because of the battles between NU and the city over property taxes so I imagine they always planned to expand the campus onto it)

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Oh, that’s a shame. I am sure it was wonderful having those paths! Cher xo

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  4. Ronnie says:

    That makes a lot of sense Cher. Brilliant picture too. 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Why thank you so much, Ronnie! It really appreciate your thoughtful words! Cher xo

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  5. Quiche says:

    Nice picture! A little bird never questions if he will have enough food for today or tomorrow. He trusts his food will be provided. Enjoy life as if it was your last day here. You can’t take it with you,!!( You’ll never see a Hurst pulling a U-Haul !!)

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      I agree my dear! Cher xo

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you so much! And please feel free to stop by The Chicago Files anytime! You are always welcome here! Cher xo

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