If you'd like to hear the audio version of this blog, click here. There’s a reason so many of us love to get and be outside, even when it’s dark or cold outside in the winter.
Have you ever noticed that when people who live in a big concrete-laden, super-highway, noise-filled, light-polluted cities take a vacation they don’t just pack their suitcase and drive or fly to another city where the same can be found. No. They pack up and head for the mountains, the beach, or somewhere they can experience, trees, water, and sky.
When you spend time in nature, your senses come alive.
You experience being in the present moment. You aren’t rushed, bulldozing your way through one project, or activity to get to the next. You return rested, refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to begin again.
Why is it that nature brings this to us?
Because nature is who we are at our very core.
It is our essence. Every element and molecule that makes up the natural world is the same as what makes us human beings.
The flow and rhythm of nature is not hurried or rushed. Things unfold naturally, in their own sweet, perfect time. Our own lives can do the same… if we let them.
Think about a time in your own life when you have been struggling with a personal issue or a problem at work. No matter how much time you have spent thinking about it and looking at it from various angles, you just could not come up with a solution.
Then you decide to go outside, get some fresh air, take a walk, or sit by a lake or river. You just enjoy being outside because that is where life is. Maybe while you are out there or within a matter of hours, even a day or two, an insight arrives or a new direction appears. Why?
Because the essence of who you are isn’t found in your logical mind.
It’s found in your senses, your heart, your soul, in nature.
It will never be found in a concrete building.
My invitation to you is to consciously invite more nature into your life.
Or spend a little more time in it than you usually do. Notice how it makes you feel mentally, physically, and emotionally. Do you feel any different than when you are inside all day? Just notice.
You might just discover that all you need can be found right outside your door, in nature.
Because nature is what’s inside of you.
Your Turn: Have you had a problem that spending time in nature helped you solve? I'd love to know. Leave a comment below, or email me, email@example.com
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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