Do you ever just look at a gorgeous picture of nature, at a sunset, a sunrise, a bird flying and take a deep, cleansing breath?
A lot of times we take this cleansing breath, look away and keep going on with what we were doing. We don't let ourselves connect with nature, with the earth, with the spirits of the universe (too hippyish?! LOL). How true is this though? Honestly, think about it. We are derived from nature, we are connected with her, but we continuously ignore her. She provides us with food, shelter, LIFE... and yet we just ignore, mistreat and disrespect her.
How are you feeling?!
Stressed? Overwhelmed? Non-energized? Uninspired?
Here are some of the benefits, when you take time to connect with nature:
- Improves mental health
- Improves mood
- Reduces stress
- Increases creativity
- Provides Clarity
- Helps with depression
Connecting with nature is part of my life and Coaching Services; nature creates an impact on us, even if we are not aware of it. Connecting and being a part of nature is not only good for your mind/soul, but your body as well.
Let me tell you a little bit about my connection with nature...
From a young age, I was taught to appreciate, respect, honor nature and all that it encompasses. I grew up on a 12-acre farm in Salisbury, CT. We had chickens, fruit, vegetables, beautiful landscapes, etc. I was the wild, knotted-hair, barefoot girl that was always on adventures in the woods and in her mind. I always felt so incredibly free when I was out there with my dog, running through the grass; feeling it between my toes. I was the tom-girl version of Tom Sawyer. On my adventures, I would inspect rocks, observe ants, fish, frogs, deer, birds, all that nature had to offer. It was always talking to me, telling me a story, teaching me a lesson.
Nature is always talking to you if you are actually listening. Not just with your ears, but with your eyes, heart, & soul.
I later passed the lessons I had been taught from my father and nature on to my daughter as she grew. I wasn't able to give her the land I once had, but you don't have to own land to experience nature. We would go on hikes, adventures, have lessons in whatever state we were currently living (we have lived in different areas of the U.S.) and appreciate all the different landscapes.
If you read the first sentence and could completely relate to it (Do you ever just look at a gorgeous picture of nature, at a sunset, a sunrise, a bird flying and take a deep, cleansing breath?), then your soul is begging you to reconnect, or even consciously connect, for the first time with Mother Nature. PLEASE stop ignoring this need, you are only hurting yourself and possibly your children (if you have any). We get so sucked into our busy, fast & furious lives that we never slow down... we can't listen to our souls, our instincts or our desires. I don't care if you live in a city; I did and still was able to give my child & myself the gift of Nature. It is all around you, you just have to welcome it, observe it and seek it out.
We forget that nature is a gift. We just expect it, but it is the most precious of gifts, that we ignore and take for granted.
Stop taking her for granted, start connecting with her. Look at her clouds, her bestowed gifts, her pleasures, her magic (I can hear my Mom now, "You and that hippy sh!t?!" Haha YUP Mom!). Once you start listening to Mother Nature with an open heart, mind and soul, you will start to feel yourself being rejuvenated. You'll start to see you've been missing something that has always been right there in front of you.
So slow down and smell the roses... literally!
Okay, now you're ready for it! AWESOME! Well, STOP READING this post and get out there! Look out the window, plan a family outing, picnic, walk, hike, fishing trip, camping trip in your backyard... WHATEVVA!
Start building your relationship with nature and with yourself. You will be so glad you did!