We humans alter the Earth to suit our needs. We impact our environment, often with little thought to long term consequences.
I’ve been blessed to live on 23 beautiful acres. Harmony Farm’s pond, stream, woods, and fields have impacted every aspect of my being. Admittedly, we changed the land by building a house, a barn and a studio, but we tried to do so in an earth-friendly manner. When planting and tending gardens, we did so organically.
While living on this small slice of nature, I spent time each day outside. My activity depended on the season. I walked trails through the woods almost every day and when snow covered the ground I did so with snowshoes. During spring summer and fall, I ate breakfast by the pond listening to birdsong, inhaling the sights around me. I also frequently swam in the pond – a delightful sensory experience.
Something important happened during the 36 years that I’ve lived on this land. I changed. It happened gradually, almost imperceptibly. By spending time outside each day, I began feeling whole, more complete. More peaceful and serene.
The land changed me.