Are you connected with nature? Do you pay attention to what is going on around you? Mother nature, like most mothers, can be very nurturing. Feed your soul by staying connected to nature.
Many of the teachers and authors I get guidance from, recommend outdoor meditation whenever possible. I often take a quick walk in the morning but today I decided to have my coffee outside.
The weather has started to cool off and there was a really nice breeze. I sat for a while just taking it all in, paying attention to things I see every day. But with more focus on details and more appreciation. When you slow down and really take notice there are some amazing things to behold.
My Morning in the Sun
As I sat enjoying my morning coffee, I began to pay closer attention to what was going on around me. The things we typically overlook are abundant. There were birds everywhere, bugs in the grass, moths, and butterflies. At one point I just pick a spot in the grass, randomly, and focus on it.
It was amazing to me, how many living things were there in the grass that I had not noticed sitting there for the 30 minutes prior. I could see fleas on blades of grass from 3 feet away. There were tiny bugs that look like flies and they appeared almost transparent.
The warmth of the sun on my skin felt great and as soon as I had that thought, “this sun is hot”, instantly there was a cool gust. After my coffee was consumed and I had enjoyed my time outside, I found that I was in a relaxed meditative state. I continued with an additional hour or so of meditation and it seems as though time didn’t even exist.
Ideas for Connecting with Nature and feeding your Soul
As mentioned I like to take early morning walks and if I can catch the sunrise, all the better. Watching the sunrise and the sunset whenever possible will lift your spirits and soothe your soul.
I like to walk in the grass still full of morning dew and feel the cool moisture on my feet. Sometimes when I just take to observe a particular plant or tree the lines of separation between myself and the tree seem to fade away. I have literally stopped myself and tried to refocus my vision, only to realize that the universe is showing me, “oneness”.
Other times I will just sit on the ground with my back against a big tree and do a chakra meditation, taking extra time to focus my connection to the earth.
Being on the water is also a joy for me, so whenever the opportunity presents itself I take advantage.
I encourage you to get connected to nature, restore your relationship with mother earth, be open to the universe conspiring on your behalf.
Gardening can be a great source of relaxation and connection. Heck, I even enjoy my time mowing the lawn these days. My wife and I have decided that I should get a tent so that we can go camping from time to time. I will probably use it for a private weekend getaway to retreat from the hustle and bustle.
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