I can’t tell you how many times I hear a version of the same answer over and over again when I ask someone what getting out in nature does for them. This is what they say,
“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 well-being 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.”
Wow- that Mother Nature has got it goin’ on!
This is what she does to us, for us. She is always there to help bring us back to ourselves. Back to a more natural state of peace. Peace, groundedness, centeredness is who we are at a core level.
I can think of almost nothing better than spending time outside and feeling peaceful, connected, re-energized, grounded, happier, and with a calmer mind.
We each enjoy her differently. Some of us like to sit by a river or at the beach. Some enjoy biking or hiking, some like to photograph nature, some like to garden.
What’s most important is that we actually spend time with her. Regularly. The to-do list will always be there. For the rest of your days. So let it be.
There are times when you need to step out of your everyday, a million things to do life, and go outside. Spend 10 minutes watching the birds at your bird feeder like I’m doing as I type this. Spend 3 hours hiking along a gorgeous river, like I did a few weekends ago.
I promise you that if you allow yourself to be there and take it all in, you will leave feeling some if not all of the things mentioned above.
And what happens when you get back to your regular life? Because you feel more grounded and centered, you'll have more energy, you’ll able to make more clear decisions, you'll prioritize better, you'll discover what’s more important at the moment. You can often get out of the muck and focus.
And that’s the gift. Mother nature brings you back to yourself. Your best self.
So I suggest you grab your calendar right now.
And flip through the next month, and schedule yourself time in nature. I don’t care if it’s once a week, or once a day. For 6 hours, or 20 minutes. But schedule it. And do it. And enjoy. Not only will you like yourself better. Others will like you more too.
She not only sustains everything on this planet, she sustains us. Without us, she would continue just fine.
Appreciate her and she will nurture you.
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