I LOVE nature. I always have. Going into nature, or bringing nature in, has an immediate effect on me on a deep level. It is simultaneously calming, energizing, inspiring and soothing.
Connecting to nature- either by going out into it (going for a walk around the block, getting my hands dirty in the garden, hiking in the foothills) or bringing it in (arranging fresh flowers in our living room, harvesting ripe tomatoes from the garden)- brings me immediate joy.