The biophilia hypothesis states that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. It’s a gift to go outside, get fresh air year round and connect with the natural world every day. It sharpens the mind and the senses.

I feel fortunate to have chores outside year round (less in the winter). But the time I give myself for a break, a walk, and no work is rejuvenating. I love hearing and seeing the winter birds. The stars seem brighter. Hiking in the bare forest gives a new perspective. It's easier to see the animal paths, tracks and homes. Friends around a bonfire is one of my favorite types of gatherings.  Playing in the snow and skating in my boots on a frozen pond is pure joy...

 

 

Here are some more thoughts on a winter walk:

 

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.

-Henry David Thoreau

 

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.

-John Muir

 

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.

-Wallace Stevens

 

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

-John Muir