|photo by Steve Deligan|
Waldeinsamkeit untranslatable German words that means “the feeling of being alone in the woods.” It is a lovely sentiment, meant to convey the sweet solitude of being alone with your thoughts amidst an atmosphere of natural peace. But how to use it in a sentence? 'Waldeinsamkeit descended upon her as she trudged on, the only sound being the crinkled leaves beneath her footsteps"....
Groves of trees have been planted throughout history to try to simulate or induce a feeling of waldeinsamkeit.
|Tree tunnel by Carol Dorion|
|photo by Nicolas Tonelli|
Jellicoe continues about this and after a few more sentences, writes,
" The grove retained its mysticism throughout the Middle Ages, and, as the bosco of the Italian renaissance and the bosquet of Le Notre, became an integral part of garden design...Today the garden grove still retains its mystery, no less for the adult than for the child."
So if you don't have nearby woods to walk in perhaps you might think about planting some trees in a grove-like setting... I write about this idea in my upcoming book, "Heaven is a Garden - Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces for Inspiration and Reflection". (available for pre-order on Amazon)
Jellicoe says we are sensitive to the growth and death of trees because they are similar to our own life. If that is the case, then we should greet each tree, as we take our walk, as a friend and thank them for sharing in our lifetime. Now is there a German word for that sentiment, I wonder?