Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The simplest medicine

Cheeky ducks, begging shamelessly in front of the American Indian museum.

Have you ever read "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett? If not, I highly recommend you do. What a wonderful book. When I had what we called the German Measles, my sister read the book to me by candlelight, ironically indoors with the shades pulled down to keep out all natural light. It was thought at the time that the measles could damage eyesight, hence the enforced darkness.

The book is about a little boy who heals himself of a mysterious chronic ailment that makes him too weak to walk by spending time outside with friends, gardening, telling stories, breathing fresh air and eating fresh food. This book had a huge impact on me.

There is no evidence to support it, but I believe there is no illness or injury that can be completely vanquished without fresh air and sunshine or the perfect pearly gray sky that those in the Pacific Northwest love dearly, or the windy foggy weather of the west coast of the U.S. In the book, it's the scent of the heather on the moors that cures the boy. Here in Washington DC in springtime, the soft air, sunshine, birdsong and blooming trees can help cure any number of problems. At least it feels like it can, it really does.

If you haven't spent some time outside today, why not nip out for a few minutes, breathe some fresh air, check out the weather? If it's rainy or blustery where you are, you don't have to stay out very long, but check in with Ma Nature, will you? And for those who discover a beautiful spring (or fall) day awaiting, why not take the afternoon off work, walk somewhere, drink lemonade or tea or vodka, whatever! Commune. It'll do you a world of good, I guarantee it!



Kerry said...

How much do I love this? TTHHHIIIIIISSS much!! I am very much healed by being outside, just like the little boy in The Secret Garden, a book I have always loved. I don't know though, if it's for everyone. Woody Allen, for example, seems to argue otherwise. He loves his neurotic interior life, and his big-city life. Do you think he ventures outside once in awhile, to quietly heal?

Reya Mellicker said...

It would really help him if he would just give it a try.

The Bug said...

I loved that book! And, even though I didn't read this until today, I took your advice yesterday & sat outside to eat my dinner & play on Facebook. I know - I should have walked too :)

Angela said...

Me too, I love that book, it is so full of wisdom. Where I live here, by the sea, the fresh air is overwhelming. Numerous people have told me of how they were healed by it and that they return at least once a year to breathe it again. No wonder I feel so good and energetic!

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