I love walking in nature. For me, nothing compares to communing with nature and recharging my mind and body with the earth. Now that spring is here I am constantly outside walking around and communing with spirit. However, living in the city can limit my interaction with nature because I am surrounded by tall buildings and artificial materials. Sometimes I feel a little trapped, so I always make time to go to a park.
Luckily, Korea has parks everywhere so it isn’t difficult finding a space in nature. While each park varies in size, I am lucky enough to live near one of the larger ones: Olympic Park. This park is large and has so many different pathways where there is no shortage of grass, trees and flowers.
Sometimes, I am surprised by the similarities between the plants I see and in my home country and it makes me feel more connected to this land. I saw this patch of clovers and this dandelion and many thoughts crossed my mind. They are common plants, yet they hold special meaning and value. Both are edible and dandelion holds medicinal properties, which my mother had readily available for me whenever I was sick. It was also a flower that I would hold and make a wish before blowing its airy seeds into the air. Whenever I see a clover the child in me can’t help but try and find a four leaf clover for luck.
Another place I love going to is Seoul Forest. Each area offers something different to see and I walked by a new path where there were’t many people around. I felt so blessed to see the newly opened flowers and be welcomed into their home.
As I walked around I came across a tree that was exploding with blossoms. I was surprised because it was the only tree on the lane that had flowers and it was so stunning that it attracted the attention of all who walked by.
While nature may not abound in the city there is always a place that she can be found. Open your mind and heart to the whispers of the Goddess. Let her voice guide you to the place that will bring you into communion with her and the spirits of the earth )0(