As much as I am a teacher and guide, I am also simultaneously a student. I am currently in a deep learning role as I have joined a year-long nature-based coaching course which is teaching me how to connect with the natural world in such a way that I can learn more about my strengths, desires, and gifts that only I have to share with the world.
I spent this last weekend at a nature reserve in NY with my class, all life coaches, learning as students, to no only discover our gifts but to utilize the natural world to help connect our clients to their own true nature as well.
I always knew on some level that the fast pace of the world did not fit my true nature. I find the same with many of my clients who are tired of burning the candle at both ends and feeling like they never have enough time.
Some of the practices I’ve started have helped me change perspective, shown me insights, and helped bring more calm and presence into my life. I thought I would share one practice with you in hopes that you might benefit too.
It’s called Sit Spot.
Find a place not too far from the front door of where you live, but away from any distractions where you can be out in some form of nature. I invite you to go sit outside for 10-15 minutes. I suggest committing to just one week.
The only rule is that you just notice what you notice about nature and yourself without judgment. Without judgment.
So here’s the thing. Your mind is going to do what human minds do. It’s going to talk to you about all the things you have to do and should be doing, and that sitting doing nothing is a waste of your time, that it’s boring, and dumb. Thank your brain for its input and remind it that it’s only 15 minutes and 1 week out of a 52-week year.
Don’t worry. After a bit your brain will settle down. And that’s when cool stuff happens.
As you sit, ask yourself the following questions...
What do I notice?
What can I learn from what I’m noticing?
Where else is this showing up in my life?
Nature will always act as a mirror, reflecting back to you what is happening inside of you. Always.
It will show you what is true for you in that moment.
What you do with that information is up to you.
Your Turn: What have you learned about yourself from nature in the past? Leave a comment below, or email me, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am grateful to be able to spend some time with you virtually today. Thank you.
As always, take from here what works for you, share with your friends if you think they might benefit, and the rest you can leave behind.
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