We've been traveling, and now we're back in Breckenridge.
The snow melts but seems to fall again every day.
As I write this, a blizzard obscures the mountain.
Perhaps in a short while, the sun will appear.
This dance of spring is familiar to me.
I know the steps and try to follow Nature's lead.
It's often below freezing when I wake.
I hurriedly dress in layers and go outside for my walk.
I feel my spirits lift as the cold air hits my face.
Does the smile on my face help increase my well-being?
Brain science says a smile (even a fake smile)
improves mood and decreases stress.
|storm clouds over Aspen Mountain and the Elk Range|
I'm interested in neuroscience and the workings of the brain.
I recently finished an interesting book -
This well-researched and well-written non-fiction
explains current science behind the mind/body connection.
The brain has a direct effect on bodily functions.
Therefore, under certain circumstances,
the mind is a powerful aid to healing.
|can you find the bear?|
On our recent trip, we biked and hiked near Basalt and Aspen.
We had a bit of excitement when we met a bear at close range.
He was walking down the Rio Grande Trail as we were biking up.
He lifted his nose to smell us curious creatures
before ambling down an embankment toward the river.
I waited until he moved away before taking a distant photo of him.
In the Maroon Bells Wilderness near Aspen,
the landscape was partially snow covered.
The access road was still closed to vehicles.
As we hiked upward, we caught glimpses of the majestic Bells
gleaming white with new snow.
We're planning another trip, this time to California.
|sunset from my house|
In May, while snow keeps falling at our house,
perhaps we'll be walking on a deserted beach listening to the surf.
I'm smiling at the thought!