These last few weeks in northeast Ohio have been absolutely splendid. There is rebirth and renewal everywhere – a delightful transformation from gray to green, barren to blossoming. Last week we even got to experience our first day in 2014 where the temperatures reached 80 degrees (woo hoo!).

This is a time of year when I always have a hard time keeping my heart inside my chest. I seriously can’t wait each morning to go out in my yard to see what is blooming and I love the fact that Mother Nature can fill me up with so much joy.

Holly, one of the yogini goddesses who came on my retreat, had a similar moment of total bliss while enjoying the beach in Aruba. She told me that when she has these moments of sheer delight in nature, she is often reminded of a poem by a fellow Canadian, First Nations Chief Dan George.

She shared the poem with me, and now I have to share it with you because it perfectly captures how I’ve been feeling this spring.

My Heart Soars
By Chief Dan George

The beauty of the trees,
the softness of the air,
the fragrance of the grass,
speaks to me.

The summit of the mountain,
the thunder of the sky,
the rhythm of the sea,
speaks to me.

The faintness of the stars,
the freshness of the morning,
the dew drop on the flower,
speaks to me.

The strength of fire,
the taste of salmon,
the trail of the sun,
and the life that never goes away,
They speak to me.

And my heart soars.

tree heart

Get outside today, enjoy Mother Nature, find your bliss, and let your heart soar. Big hugs and thanks to Holly for providing the poem and the inspiration for this post!

sunset for may 12 postSunset on Lake Erie – May 10 2014 – Another heart soaring moment!

Let your heart soar this summer at a beach yoga class on Lake Erie.

Click here for the 2014 Summer Beach Yoga Schedule.