Being with nature - tuning in to it. Feeling it. Breathing it. Joining its gentle rhythms, or its wildness. The plants, the animals, the weather. They're what we can connect with, to reconnect to our own true pace. Interacting with life at its purest helps us to live as our purest, most natural way of being.
We need this and completely forget and deny that we do. Too busy, too distracted, too up, too unsettled. I almost didn't stop and sit here by the lake, so determined was I to forge on and complete this work out. But my deep desire for photographing this beauty won me over...just.
I know, I know! You're crazy busy, or can't see the point of doing this - this just being with nature- letting it fill you with its beauty and wonder. And you won't get the power of it until you're actually doing it.
Nature is so stunningly beautiful. It feeds your essence - whatever that is for you. It fills you with lightness and connectedness and peace and joy. It stirs something within you. Something real and alive and absolutely a part of all of this.
The wind has picked up a bit and I can feel my skin interacting with it. It feels slightly uncomfortable, as I was basking in the delightful sunlight's warmth, and enjoying the rare treat of nature warming me (it's the last day of winter on the West Coast of Tasmania, in a very wet zone).
I've come to realise that it's a matter of allowing yourself to take the time out to do these things. Time out of the hullabaloo and activity. I know, I really do, that you genuinely may not have the time to get into nature, or grab 10 minutes. But I imagine you could grab 5 seconds.
Look at nature, breathe it in, feel it. Just for a moment. Even if the only wildness you can find is on this screen. Pull up a photo, or video of nature. And just breathe deeply for a few seconds. Reset, reconnect, recuperate, restore, revive, realise that this moment is the truth of how you are, who you are. Yes, you're all of that (activity, busyness, personality) too. But underneath it all, this is your essential nature. Peacefulness, connection.
Hi, I’m Donna Nelson and I’m an author, trainer and coach.
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