Shortly after writing the previous blog I was reminded of a Wordsworth poem ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’. In a way this poem makes me think of Durham and it’s surrounding countryside, with the river and various hills. A place I feel, whatever the season , is great for wandering and reflecting in.
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
I was reminded of this poem shortly after writing my previous blog, as I see daffodils as being a symbol of spring and spring often represents new beginnings.
In this poem Wordsworth talks about the atmosphere of loneliness suddenly broken by a journey which took him to an impressive display of daffodils. Such a simple yet transformation effect this natural display had upon him.
I do believe that nature can have a powerful effect on us both physically and psychologically. The BBC reported on a study undertaken by Derby University that showed a connection between being in nature with increased physical and mental health:
Going back to the theme of new beginnings, if you are not already and outdoors person, maybe this could be something new for you to consider. Please see my blog entry on 'My top tips for getting out into nature'.