Nature

You ARE Nature

 We often forget that we ARE Nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say we have lost our connection to nature, we've really lost our connection to ourselves. 

We often forget that we ARE Nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say we have lost our connection to nature, we've really lost our connection to ourselves. 

You know that about yourself right? 

If not, let me explain. Every single cell that makes up your body is a cell that can be found in mother nature. We are all made of the same material. Stardust as they say.

Here are just a few of the phrases people say to me when I ask , “What does nature do for you?”

 “It brings me peace, clarity, expands my heart, connects me to the world.”

 “It fills me with fresh ideas and fresh perspective.”

 “It’s my home.”

“It recalibrates my sense of wellbeing and rightness in the world.”

 “It gives me appreciation, calmness, grounding.” 

“It inspires me, renews me.” 

“It gives me peace and joy.”

“It calms my mind and generally makes me feel happier, more optimistic.” “It’s refreshing and peaceful at the same time.”

“Nature is my spirituality.”

“It gives me a sense of peace, awe, gratitude, and connection with the universe.” 

“It helps me remember everything runs in cycles and will change”, 

“It frees my body, mind, and spirit.”

If you weren’t nature, do you really think you would feel like this when you were in it?

Please take some time to go outside and BE in and with nature. Without any agenda of having to “do” anything.

It truly can bring you back into connection with you.

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~ Susan

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Balancing Your Life using Mother Nature- Part 6/6

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So here we are. We’ve looked at a blueprint of Mother Nature that shows the cycles, seasons, directions, and energies of the day, the time of year, and the stages of our lives. The first 5 posts talked about this and can be found here by clicking on one, two, three, four, and five

It’s quite beautiful and harmonious really. One of the best ways to look at this is to start with the big picture. Where do you fall in your stage of life in all of this? Then notice your days. Where are you finding your energy waxing and waning? Our bodies work in cycles as well. Energy output, then rest. Repeat. Are you utilizing your best energy at certain times of day to maximize it? Are you resting when it’s needed so you can replenish yourself?

The world will always be the world, putting pressure on you to do. You can always shift things to make them work better for you. Maybe not everything. Maybe not all the time. But it’s your life. Your time here. No one else can live it for you. In the end, you must be the one to make the decisions for you.

Mother Nature’s design might be a better fit for you than what you've got going on. Only you will know. Why not take some to see what’s working, what isn’t, then change one tiny thing and see how it goes. If it works, keep it. If not, ditch it. 

A slower, simpler life begins by paying attention to what you are creating and what you are just allowing to happen. Be on the creative side. It will make all the difference.

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~ Susan

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Balancing Your Life using Mother Nature- Part 5/6

Only two more parts left to finish our series. In case you need the refresher, here are parts one, two, three, and four.

The sun sits very far North at midnight, on the other side of the earth. Birds are sleeping soundly, and hopefully we humans are too. 

It is Winter where the days are shorter and the nights cooler, or cold depending upon where you live. People spend more time indoors with less light. Maybe even sleeping more. Seeds of plants lie dormant in the ground, saving energy until the new season.

The energy of this time is dormancy and integration of what happened previously. In this state, you have ended one day yet not begun another. It’s a time of rest in order to be prepared for the next day, the next season, the next stage of life.

Do you make sure you get the rest you need as best you can? I know as a woman this time of Winter can be challenging if you’ve got small kids or going through hormonal changes or other issues that keep you or get you up at night. Is your energy aligned with this down time?

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~ Susan

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Balancing Your Life using Mother Nature- Part 4/6

Here we are part 4 in a 6 part series. Here are parts one, two, and three if you need to catch up.

Are you starting to notice a pattern here? The sun with its place in the sky, the direction on the compass, the season of the year, and the energy of nature and humans with this?

We’re now shifting to the West when the sun sets. The birds and animals are heading home to nest and quiet down. People are finished with work and returning home as well to families, or to their abode. 

The season is Autumn, where we reap the benefits of a hard days work. There is celebration that we are finished and the job was done well. In the life cycle of many plants, this is the time of bearing fruit for the community. The time of harvest.

The energy of this time is of reflecting and letting go. 

This period parallels young adulthood in life. Productivity is abundant, mastering skill sets is taking place, a time of service to the greater whole.

And you? Are you winding down this time of day? Relaxing and enjoying?

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Balancing Your Life using Mother Nature- Part 3/6

This is part 3 of a 6-part series. If you missed the previous parts you can catch part 1 here and part 2 here.

Mother Nature is naturally balanced by design. No matter what your spiritual beliefs, or lack of, notice that nature when left alone by humans, flows along beautifully shifting and rebalancing as time goes.

Mid-day, the sun is now the highest it will be in the sky. This is the time of work for people. Maybe it’s manual labor, business meetings, school and learning. Around this time you are putting forth a lot of energy. Even birds have working energy as they feed, build, and generally keep busy. 

The South is represented directionally on the compass and the season of this time is Summer. The energy surrounding this mid-day is one of activity, focus, and getting things done. It’s when the hard work is accomplished.

In terms of human life, this is the time of adolescence when internal growth parallels external growth. A time of building identity. 

What is your life like at this time of day? What are you doing? What energy are you expending? How are you feeling? Jot that down. Just notice if your experience is similar to nature at this time. 

Are things working for you? Does something need to be shifted?

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~ Susan

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Balancing Your Life using Mother Nature- Part 2/6

If you sat outside once this past week for 20 minutes, how did it go? What did you notice? Learn? How did you feel? Outside is the place (in my humble opinion) where we best connect to ourselves, our truths. What’s important to us, what’s working in our lives, and what isn’t. Spending time regularly in nature helps to keep us balanced because we get to really see what’s there. Outside and inside. 

I often tell people, the more time you spend outside, the more you recognize your priorities for your life. It makes dropping what isn’t right for you a little easier. And balance, for most of us, is about saying no more often. We simply cannot be all things to all people all the time. 

So let’s jump right into balancing your life using Mother Nature. If you missed the introduction last post, you can catch it here.

Starting in the East, every day, the sun rises. It’s a new day, a new beginning. Humans awaken, birds start singing, and plants lean towards the sun. 

The season that parallels this new start of the day is Spring. With its new life, green growth, inspiration, enthusiasm and inspiration. In the early stages of your life, everything was filled with possibility. The world was wide open.

Now no matter what stage of life you are in, each new day can be a rebirth. A new beginning within the cycle.

The energy of the East, the beginning of the day, the Spring, is renewal, fresh possibilities, excitement and inspiration. 

If this is the time of day you find you have the most energy in your life, this is when you want to use that to your benefit. Is your mind most clear earlier in the morning? Then that’s a good time to tackle things that require brain power. Or is it your body that is more full of energy at that time of day? Then maybe that’s the best time to use it physically, whether that be a workout, gardening, however it’s needed.

Start to notice how you feel when you awake. What is your overall energy like? Is what you do based on what your body is feeling and needing versus what your mind says you should be doing?

Start writing down notes to follow what shows up for you. What little shift can you make that seems to flow more along with your natural energy earlier in the day? Just one shift you make on a consistent basis can make a huge difference. 

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~ Susan

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Balancing Your Life using Mother Nature- Part 1/6

Did you know Mother Nature has a blueprint already in place for living a balanced life? You may already be using it without knowing. If not,  you can learn how it works and start incorporating ideas for your life as we go.

Using Mother Nature’s design to live a healthier life can work for almost anyone. Especially if you already know you feel calmer, more relaxed and grounded just being in nature, then there’s something here for you. She has a cyclical,  flowing rhythm. It’s seen in the seasons of the year, the seasons of our lives, the four directions of the compass, and the flow of the day with the sun cycles.

Each of these seasons and directions has an energy and mood. I’ll explain each as we go along. 

I'll jump into the meat of things next week, but if you’re intrigued, I have an invitation for you between now and then. Grab a pen and journal and head outside to a natural setting, somewhere where you can be alone if possible, and have a seat. Spend some time just sitting and noticing your surroundings. Use your ears, eyes, nose, tongue, and skin to notice what your senses pick up. Write down anything that strikes you. How does being there make you feel? Emotionally? Physically? Just 20 minutes. More if you’ve got time. Once is all I ask, twice would be even better.

Next week we’ll start at the beginning.

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~ Susan

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Why You Need Nature More Than Ever

Some days I wake up more contemplative than others. I never know why but I now recognize that my soul is just speaking to me and I need to listen.

I’ll share this because I bet I’m not alone in this feeling You might also have it too. Those of us inclined to turn to nature when we need to find some peace,  feel grounded, or to reconnect with ourselves or something bigger, need it now more than ever. Turning on the news for even 5 minuteswill show you that. 

It’s a little chilly at my house to sit outside this morning as I type this, but I am looking out my window at the Ponderosa Pine trees in my yard. Solid, strong, filled with life, even if it doesn’t look like it on the outside. They are part of the reason I have oxygen to breathe. They live off my out breath, I on theirs. The circle of life is right there in front of me. Without their oxygen I would not survive. Without my carbon dioxide, they would not survive. They are here for a reason. I and you, are here for a reason.

This is basic inter-connectedness. I think this is one of the reasons that nature feels so good. That even when we are alone in nature, we are not really alone. You cannot truly be in nature without recognizing you are dependent on each other. It supports you, always.

Coming home is the greatest sense I get when I really immerse myself in a natural setting. I know that my natural state is one of peace and groundedness. My mind is still, my heart feels content, and all is well. 

From this state I find that I am able to make thoughtful decisions for my life that do not come from a place of fear. And more than ever, I think we need to be making decisions for our lives from a place of peace. Fear breeds fear. Peace breeds peace.

If you’re feeling frazzled and stressed, go sit somewhere in nature for a while, take a walk, or look at it through your window. Let your mind babble on for a while because it will, then allow yourself to just be in it. Notice what you see, hear, and feel. Let it speak to you. It has messages. But you must be willing to listen. 

So many of us say we don’t have time. But you do. You make it. Yes, something else may need to go by the wayside for a bit. Everything you do is a choice. If you value nature enough and it is really important to you, you will choose to be in it. The more you make that choice, the more you will find that you need to continually make that choice. Your life needs space to breathe. I know a tree that can help you with that.

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~ Susan

YOUR TRUE LIFE (Know It, Feel It, Live It)

 

Messages from Nature

If you’ve been receiving this newsletter than you know me pretty well by now. Nature, in all of its forms, as well as getting outside are incredibly important to my soul and overall wellbeing. This may not be true for everyone but I’m betting that if you’re reading this it’s true for you too. Just being outside helps me feel more grounded and peaceful. I had another life coach recently ask me what messages nature was giving me for my life. And I had no idea. This is the beauty of having someone else ask you questions to help you find your own perfect answers.

So as I was out walking my dog the other day, there were what seemed like thousands of birds chirping in the trees around me. Since I noticed this I asked, “What is the message for me with all of these birds chattering?” And back the answer came, “You need to get your voice out more, you need to be heard.”

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And then just yesterday there were two deer in our backyard. A doe and fawn I believe. One lovingly licking the others neck. Again, I asked,”What is the message for me with this?”. The answer came, “You need to be more kind.”

This voice I heard was quite calm, clear, confident, and comforting. Not loud, booming, or scolding. It was my voice. The voice of my higher self (that part of me that is wise and connected to all that is) informing me of what needed to do for my life.

Simple and direct this voice is of mine. When I hear it and follow it, it never steers me wrong.

All I had to do was ask and wait for the answer to show up.

You can do this too. Try it the next time you’re outside and notice an animal, a tree, a rock, water, whatever. Ask, what is the message you have for me? Don’t “think” about it, just notice what comes up. If you are truly open to the message, it will come.

Let me know if you try this and what comes up for you, I’d love to hear about it.

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~ Susan

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The Flow and Ebb of Your Life

In general, life is cyclical. It flows. It ebbs. These flows and ebbs can be found in your day, the season, your year.

Do you pay attention to this cycle of yours?

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Living from your natural state of being (the flow and ebb of your energy) is hard in this world we live in. But no one else can live your life for you. I absolutely believe you have the power to live at a pace that is natural for you. But you must claim it. You must decide that you can and will live your life in a way that fits who you are. To not do so bucks your own natural system. And your own natural system is not a mistake.

It doesn’t mean that at times life doesn’t get more busy than you’d like it to be. And you may have to put more forth for a while, but you absolutely must pull back, relax, and release when the rush is over.

Think about the tides of the ocean. A tremendous amount of energy goes into pushing the water onto the shore as the tide goes in. And then that energy reverses and the tide goes back out as the water recedes. It must have that balance. You must have that balance. It’s the ebb and flow of life and its energy. If you don’t honor it, honor yourself, you get washed every which way by the water. It’s like they say with a riptide, you cannot fight it. Fighting it wears you out and can kill you. You must flow with it, then when it recedes, you can swim safely back to shore. You cannot fight your own natural way. By doing so you’ll will do nothing but wear yourself out leaving you washed up. And I bet I know how you feel when you feel that depleted.

That’s not a life you have to live.

Are you in an ebb cycle or a flow cycle now? Do you need to use your energy and move forward or rest and retreat, and let yourself fill back up again?

This is a constant back and forth for all of us. Too much of either is unhealthy. I invite you to ebb and flow as naturally as you can. Use your energy as you need to, then allow your energy to build back up as well.

Life is a marathon and not a sprint. Even the oceans follow that sacred path.

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~ Susan

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How to Replenish Your Sanity

If you are anything like me, you are tired, weary, sad, and just plain over what’s happening in American politics, the continued racism in our country, not to mention sexism, homophobia, global warming and terrorism, just to name a few. It can truly be overwhelming and so unsettling. And you might be actively combatting any or all of what I mentioned above in your own community, trying to bring togetherness where it’s lacking.

I also know (and I’ve said it before), world peace always starts with peace inside you. You cannot force another person to find their own. You can help them on that journey, but in the end it is up to them if they want to find it.

So how do you replenish your sanity when everything else seems to be beyond insane? My go to, always, is Mother Nature.

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She holds such a huge key for human survival. Not only would we not survive if she weren’t here, but when we utilize her gifts, we thrive.

That’s why when I feel completely out of sorts, stressed, in need of down time, and to get away from the parts of the world that grate on me, I go to her.

Whether I spend an hour walking on a trail, sitting by the river, looking at the trees, listening to the birds… If I’m there long enough, the unrest rests. My inner stability returns. I may not be able to change what is happening in the world but I can sit in my own inner space of quiet where there are no worries or problems to be fixed.

I know that saying finding your own inner peace in a world that obviously needs fixing, is not a popular sentiment. I never have been part of the popular crowd. My drummer beats slowly and treads lightly. But when you are peaceful on the inside, that is the energy that spreads out from you on a cellular subconscious level. That vibe is felt by others. Think about how you yourself feel when you spend time with someone who is relaxed and content. You not only feel better, you feel more of that within you. That is one way to spread peace. Not by talking about it, but by being it.

That’s why my go to is nature. That is where I find and can settle into that peaceful space that sometimes gets lost.

That’s my invitation to you this week. Go spend an hour, or three, or a day in nature away from human made noise as much as possible. And just be there in it. Let it work its magic on you. No phone, no people, no agenda.

Just you and the natural space of peace.

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~ Susan

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