Nature is the great equalizer.
Nature rains the same on everyone; it also warms without prejudice. And Nature is the great healer.
Think back to when you were a child. Was there anything you enjoyed as much as being outside playing, daydreaming, and doing what kids do?
Kids have an amazing way of ignoring the mosquitoes while focusing on playing outdoors. Sweating or getting dirty don’t matter – that’s part of the fun.
Spring is the perfect time to reconnect with nature. The gorgeous display of new leaves and brilliant blossoms is an easy temptation to be outside.
The pace of the world today can throw you off step and out of synch with your inner needs. When that happens, you must slow down, find rest and get restored. For most people, this happens best outdoors.
Enjoying nature can be as simple as relaxing quietly in your back yard – lying on a blanket or sitting in a chair…
Not thinking about the lawn needing to be mowed or the flower beds needing to be weeded or the trim needing to be painted. Instead simply and quietly notice the colors, textures, sounds, smells and feelings surrounding you.
Have you ever wondered why so many people are drawn to the beach? Even though they may only have a little piece of sand to themselves and may never go near the water, thousands of people go to the beach for the Nature. For the sun, the sound of the surf, the beauty of the sparkling water. Nature is food for our soul.
And there is more…
Moving water – such as the ocean, a waterfall, a babbling creek – creates negative ions which affect you at subtle levels. Those ions cause you to be more positive and more relaxed!
Birds sing as if to proclaim the beauty and joy of the day. How often do you hear them?
Robert Lynd wrote, “In order to see birds it is necessary to become part of the silence.” Try simply watching birds flying from tree to nest to tree. Listen to the variety of songs they make. Find a feather and examine it close-up.
Gardening is called “dirt therapy” by people who love it.
It can be a magical activity to work with the earth and its creative abilities. When you garden you are co-creating miracles with nature.
Think of a child excited to see the seed they planted sprout in a paper cup. When you garden you dig and plant in anticipation and then watch the growth with pride and joy.
Nature is one of the ways out of our pain regardless of the source of the pain. Although you may feel alone in Nature, it’s hard to feel loneliness when you notice the quiet activity of the natural world around you.
Let yourself feel the marvel and the mystery of being part of something much bigger than yourself. This brings a feeling of connection and belonging that pushes pain, fear and loneliness away. When was the last time you visited the woods, ocean, desert, prairie or mountains? Do you have a favorite escape in nature? Let us know in the comments below how Nature benefits, calms and heals you and your favorite place to make that happen.