"I go to Nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order." ~ John Burroughs
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It's not unusual to hear someone say, "I went for a walk to clear my head." As humans we have an
instinctive understanding that getting outside and taking a solitary walk is good for us.
So it's important to listen to that inner wisdom and get outside
for some alone time. It gives us an opportunity to check in with
ourselves, notice what we are feeling, and take steps to readjust
our thinking so we can feel better.
Walking in Nature provides an attitude adjustment.
Our daily lives include a barrage of information. Whether it's
from our computers, TVs, phones, or conversations. A solo walk
in Nature provides an opportunity to empty out.
Sometimes the emotions we are feeling or the thoughts we are
thinking are imposed on us. We are feeling another person's
anger or worry because we were exposed to it. In other words
they transmitted an emotion and we picked it up.
Alone time in Nature provides an opportunity to release the
input of others. Like wiping a slate clean.
Taking  time to unplug and empty out is also an opportunity to open to Nature's healing grace.
"Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The wind will blow their own
freshness into you and the storms their energy while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
~ John Muir
"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure ...
there is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature;
the assurance that dawn comes after night and spring after winter." ~ Rachel Carson
As we reconnect with our natural surroundings we feel a renewed connection with our own self. Our mind stops
racing so much and we feel more like ourself again. With our mind quieted we can hear our inner wisdom. From
which we can take steps to understand and heal any discomfort in our own life. Returning to our daily lives with more
vitality and peace. And a better idea of how to live life well.
So go ahead, stick your head outside (like the heron above). Take a look around. It'll calm your mind.
Restoring clarity and instilling insight. And you might just discover something wonderful waiting to meet you!
Heron Photo By Ted Henning
"Walk out of any doorway, feel your way like the day before. Maybe you'll find direction around
some corner where it's been waiting to meet you." ~ Phillip Lesh/Robert Hunter
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