Nature’s Guide to Being Awesome

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We have officially stepped down that magnificent corridor of summer with its majesty of rose bushes, luscious green leaves, and fragrant lilies. There’s no disputing it… Nature is SINGING! The question is: are you listening?

As a Body/Mind/Spirit Coach, I’m a big proponent of the power of regularly getting your butt out into nature and tuning into this profoundly alive earth from which we come. I truly believe that when we get disconnected from nature, we also lose touch with that great wilderness inside of ourselves. Translation: couch potato with sealed windows = bad news for the soul.

And in this urban cyber-age, we’re getting alarmingly detached from nature. Case in point: The other morning I was wondering what the temperature was outside, so I grabbed my iPhone to look it up on my weather app. Ok… understand that I have a door in my kitchen leading to an outdoor balcony… yet my first instinct was to go online to see what it was like outside? My Prairie farmer ancestors must have been rolling in their graves!

My Dad has always been one of those people who communes with nature. He’ll spend the day from morning until sundown outside. He never felt the need to go to church or have a structured belief system. Nature is his temple and its cycles are his meditation. In nature he seems at ease and energized all at the same time. When I was a kid, my Dad would wake my little sister and me to look at a particularly starry sky or watch an approaching lightning storm. Unfortunately, at that age I was more enthusiastic about repeats of “Three’s Company” or practicing my guitar in the basement than camping trips and helping my Dad out in the field.

However, something must have stuck because as an adult, nature has become one of the purest forms of soul connection for me. I’m constantly amazed by what a kick-ass spiritual teacher nature is! Nature doesn’t judge, it doesn’t rush, it doesn’t have a “to do” list. Nature just IS. Nature doesn’t hold grudges or obsess about the future. In fact, nature is the perfect role model for those of us trying to live more fully in the present.

In order to soak up nature’s valuable offerings, though, you need to find ways to connect with nature regularly. In that spirit, I would like to share just a few easy tips to help you bring nature into your day, even in the middle of downtown living:

  1. Fling your windows and doors wide open today and really breathe in that fresh air and let that light pour in.
  2. Observe an animal for 5 minutes, whether it be a squirrel, a dog, or a bird in the tree. Tune into their energy and imagine what it feels like to be in their body. Note: close observation of porcupines and skunks is not a smart idea.
  3. Take your work day outside! Grab the laptop and head to a park or take your office meeting to the rooftop.
  4. Sit under the moon and drink it in. (Bonus points for howling at it!)
  5. Take a walk down to the lakeshore. Use the opportunity to tune into the flowing property of water beside and inside of you (60% of our bodies are made up of water!)
  6. Hug a tree! Yes it sounds cheesy, but have you actually ever tried it? It’s one of the best hugs you’ll ever give/get.

Now, get out there and be the force of nature you are!

Kimberly Carroll

Kimberly Carroll is a Body/Mind/Spirit Coach, television host/producer & activist. Her LIFE REBOOT PROGRAMS have been helping transform and ignite lives around the world. Kimberly is a cheeky and loving guide for people delving into personal growth, spirituality and conscious living. She does group programs and private coaching in Toronto and internationally.

1 Comment

  1. Pamela Burns Resch

    July 15, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Great article! I can spend way too many hours inside, and it’s good to get a reminder to get outside.

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