Being outside is one of the greatest and fastest ways for me to get grounded. Stepping outside and feeling life around me immediately brings me into the present moment.
I recently had major hip surgery and I noticed that as the days got closer, I opted for more and more time in nature. My soul knows what she needs to stay calm and connected.
A jaunt through heaven on Earth–the Garden of the Gods–which is nearly in my backyard the day before surgery was just what I needed to move into the weeks ahead of no hiking and finding news ways to get grounded (which I have learned is simply sitting in my garden and observing with all my senses).
Deliciously beautiful isn’t it? And the mutts are kinda cute, too.
I awake every new day in joy. I rest in the knowing of eternal goodness and evermore there is a song in my heart as it overflows with the acknowledgment of good.~Ernest Holmes
Pause. Stop rushing to get to the next task. Stop hurrying through the things you enjoy with the intent to take in more. Just stop. Hit the pause button. Breathe. Feel the aliveness and goodness of this moment.
In a culture of constant hurry, it is imperative for the well-being of our soul to stop and take notice. Take in this moment and see the good.
Imagine for a minute how your life might be different if you stopped hurrying and instead you moved through each task with grace and mindfulness? Imagine if you stopped hurrying and smiled more. Imagine if you held your lovers hand a minute longer. Imagine if the hug from your child lingered.
Stop rushing. See the goodness.
Being in nature is so important to me. I consider the benefits to be so great that I find myself craving the trails. Here is what I think nature does:
- I become grounded. I feel connected to the Earth and I am much quieter and calmer following a walk amongst the trees.
- The fresh air fills my body with life. I breathe deeper and the intake is crisp and clean.
- The abundant colors remind are soothing to my eyes. The sky, the trees, the winter weeds gone brown. All of it is pure glory.
- Joy is present. The happy dogs running free and the people who exchange hello’s fill my heart with happiness. How often do you cross paths with someone at an inside location like the mall or a grocery store and never say hello? In nature, I find people greet others with an open heart.
- My thoughts become quiet and I have space between the thoughts. For me, exercising indoors on a treadmill is monotonous and the sounds are disruptive to my thoughts.
- My body is stronger. The up and downs of trail challenges my physical body and I feel amazing. The greatest feeling is coming to the end of the trail and my body is invigorated from the miles.