hello, friends! have i got a treat for you today!
get ready to breathe deep + feel the healing magic of the swedish archipelago. yesterday i shared a bunch of photos with you about camp life in the archipelago – i spent last week there. but, the other part about being out in the archipelago is communing with nature.
to get there, after 2 hours or so, you turn off of the main highway and then drive for a while longer deep into wild, free, green forests of southern sweden. it’s as if you can hear + see the legendary trolls scampering about to hide behind or beneath rocks. and i swear that if i peer closely out the window as we make our way down the gravel roads, i can see fairies flitting about between the greenery, darting behind trees, alighting on the sunshine-drenched wildflowers.
out here everything is natural. everything is organic. everything is simple. and real. and possible.
the air is clear and fresh. the water, cold and clean (minus the seaweed + sea grass floating about sometimes). the sun sets late at night and rises again just a few hours later.
if i stand on the rocks by the edge of the water, i can hear the sea calling me. i feel instant peace. instant serenity. and my breath becomes slow and steady and deep.
yes, there is magic here. there is healing here. if you just slow down… just enough to look for a moment. just enough to feel it. that’s right, here you are one with nature. one with the earth. completely connected. the universe is no longer something that is out there. god is no longer something that is out there. you are enveloped in the wonder of the divine and the sacred.
see for yourself…. and slow down as you gaze at the photos. i so wish for you the pure peace and tranquility that i felt.
wherever you are today, just take a moment to look around at the nature that surrounds you. if you’re in the city, just find a shrub or a flower, or even a weed. or simply stand beside your window and look up, or down. anything that is natural will do. meditate on the nature around you for a few minutes. breathe it in. let it heal you. let yourself become swept away in the beauty and the simplicity. and for one second, just give thanks. and know that, even in the midst of all that is going on in life, you are whole. and you, just like the bits of nature all around us, are perfectly sacred + divine + are simply called to be exactly who you are.
“the miracle is not to fly in the air or walk on the water, but it is to wander around right here on earth.” // china
onwards + upwards! xoxo
and feeling connected
Thank you for this loving nature inspired interlude.
I am so happy that the photots served as a little meditation moment for you. Light + love.
These photos take my breath away. So much beauty all around us. Thank you for sharing them.
Thank you for soaking them up, Kate. xoxo
Du har verkligen blick för hur bilderna ska komponeras. Samma gamla slitna Skeppsgårdsvyer ser så nya och fräscha ut på dina foton och framkallar verkligen Skeppsgårdsfeeling hos mig som betraktare. Kram
Å, tack så mycket för dina fina ord! Jag blev rörd! Kramar
Beautiful photos, Liz!
Thank you, Julia! Hope all is well with you.
Absolutely stunning photos, Liz. You captured such stillness and peace and beauty…. I’m blown away. I hope I can get to Sweden someday and see it in person.
Wow, thank you, Meghan! Oh, I/we really do hope that you will make it to Sweden to visit us. There is so much for you to explore and experience here. It’s right up your alley, I am certain. 🙂
Thanks! When I finally commit to doing it, I’ll let you know! I’ve always wanted to go to Sweden and your photos just keep reaffirming that!
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