It’s been raining a lot recently and the fresh air after a hard rain makes the warm Earth steam and drink in the water from the sky. There’s a word for the fresh feeling we get after the rains subside.
Petrichor: (n.) the smell of the earth after rain hits dry soil and soaks it into the ground. Continue reading
I moved back to Eastern Washington in search of a strong connection I felt to the land, the beauty of the sky and the alien environment of the Palouse hills. The one-ness and bond I feel toward the earth and sky there is like finding a piece of yourself that’s been missing your whole life. It’s called tenalach.
Tenalach: (n.) The relationship one has to the land, the air, the water. A deep connection that makes you one with nature.
Beauty is all around us. From a single green leaf holding a dew drop in the morning to the pink and purple skies of a fiery orange sunset, there’s always much more for our eyes to behold. If you love the beauty of nature and can’t get enough of it, consider yourself a philocalist.
Philocaly: (n.) the love and intense appreciation of beauty. Continue reading